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These are very difficult times for us all.

At Sheffield Futures we help young people who are vulnerable.

We know now more than ever that physical isolation is likely to have an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, especially those who may already be struggling.

Door 43 is an emotional wellbeing service, helping 13-25 year olds with a range of issues – preventing existing conditions worsening to crisis levels, whilst improving coping mechanisms and increasing resilience.

This work could not be more relevant in these current challenging times.

Please help us to continue to help them by supporting our fundraising appeal.

You can speak to your school’s Careers Adviser by phone

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Even though schools are closed for now, your Sheffield Futures Careers Adviser is still available to support you if you have any questions or concerns during this time.

Below is a list of the Careers Advisers that work in each school, and the days they’re available to speak to you. If you’d like to chat, just send them an email with your name and number and they will get back to you as soon as they’re able.

Please only contact the Careers Adviser linked to your school as they have access to your files and your Sheffield Progress information, so will be best placed to help you.

Newfield School (Thursday) – [email protected]

All Saints Catholic High School (Wednesday) – [email protected]

Handsworth Grange (Friday) – [email protected]

High Storrs School (Tuesdays) – [email protected]

The Birley Academy (Tuesday) – [email protected]

Fir Vale School (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) – [email protected]

Forge Valley School (Tuesday and Wednesday) – [email protected]

Sheffield Springs Academy (Wednesday) – [email protected]

Hinde House Academy (Tuesday and Thursday) – [email protected]/ [email protected]

Westfield School (Tuesday and Wednesday) – [email protected]

Longley Park Sixth Form (Thursday) – [email protected]

Notre Dame High School (Wednesday) – [email protected]

Sheffield Park Academy (Thursday) – [email protected]

Stocksbridge High School (Wednesday) – [email protected]

Yewlands Academy (Thursday and Friday) – [email protected]


Our Careers, Further Education and Training Helpline

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Need help working out your next step? If you’re aged 16-19 and are looking for a job or are considering further education or training, you can speak to our team for information and guidance.

We know these are uncertain times, and you may be struggling to get in touch with your training provider or college, or just wondering how to move forward. We’re here to support you.

Our helpline is now available Tuesday-Thursday between 1pm-4pm. Just give us a call on 0114 2016644.


National award win for charity project to support young people leaving care into employment

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A pilot project to help young people leaving the care system move into education, employment or training has won a national award in recognition of best practice at the UK Career Development Awards 2020, run by the Career Development Institute.

The project, named Project Apollo, commissioned by Sheffield City Council and funded by the Department for Education with investment from The Big Issue Invest and Sheffield Futures is delivered in partnership with the Leaving Care Service. It is a direct response to the need to support young people leaving care to secure positive futures.

Alex Leonard, Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at Sheffield Futures, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Innovative Employer Engagement Award and hope that our achievements will act as a best practice example to others looking to support young people into productive futures.

“Many young people who have experienced the care system have significant and lasting negative effects on their mental health and wellbeing and are statistically much less likely to move into further learning, employment or higher education successfully.

“It can be difficult to understand the needs of young people leaving care if you’ve never had experience of the challenges these young people face. Through Apollo we have been able to communicate with employers to demonstrate the value of these vibrant young adults as a talent pool. By doing this we negotiate opportunities and open doors for these young people to find inspiration and access the opportunities they so desperately need.

“That’s why projects like Apollo have such an important role to play, effectively working to give young people that have had a difficult start in life essential support to lead productive and happy lives while at the same time selling their skills to employers.”

The project aims to support 100 young care leavers towards a brighter future with careers guidance, help applying for opportunities, work experience, practical careers advice and barrier busting long term support.

Adrian Hackett, Director at Kollider, a digital and tech incubator, said: “Our business is about bringing together a vibrant community of talented people and combining great ideas. In May 2019 we were on the lookout for someone to manage our financial accounts and were recommended to get in touch with Sheffield Futures.

“Sheffield Futures’ positive approach helped us to instantly develop a great working rapport. They have a pre-determined process which made the task of hiring effortless from our perspective. They helped us shape the job description making it easier for a young person to understand, and then produced a candidate for us from Project Apollo. We hired the candidate and he has been a fantastic addition to the team now for six months! We have had continuous support from Sheffield Futures since.”

So far, 29 care leavers have successfully transitioned into employment, 16 have progressed onto work experience or volunteering opportunities and 32 have restarted education and training courses. The project runs until October 2021.

Important information regarding coronavirus and our services

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Following the updated government advice on coronavirus Sheffield Futures and Star House has temporarily reduced some of its services, though some are still available by appointment.

Many of our staff are now working remotely. You can contact Sheffield Futures on:

General questions about services and appointments: [email protected]
HR: 0114 2012750 [email protected]
Finance: [email protected]
Communications and Marketing: [email protected]

You can contact other services within Star House on:

Youth Justice Service: 0114 2288555
Leaving Care Services: 0114 2039060
Children Looked After: 0114 2930223

All open access services, such Sheffield Futures drop-in support at Star House, youth clubs and Door43 wellbeing cafes are cancelled until further notice.

Our Door43 team will be providing Wellbeing Wednesdays online, as well as posting regular tips and information to help you stay well during this time on Instagram.

Our Careers Information, Advice and Guidance team will be offering a helpline for those aged 16-19 and our Careers Advisers, based in schools, will also be available by phone to support current students.

We are currently keeping a small number of appointments with professionals and vulnerable service users and will continue to do this until advised otherwise by government.

Our youth workers are undertaking detached youth work across Sheffield, known as a City-Wide Assertive Outreach model.

The safety and wellbeing of our staff and the young people we support is our priority. We are very conscious that many young people rely on our services to support their health and wellbeing, and to feel connected to their community. We are doing all we can to manage the need to continue providing essential services while keeping all involved safe, using the information and advice we currently have.

For the latest news and updates on our services, please follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Our response to the new Sheffield City Council Investing in Young People strategy

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Sheffield City Council has shared its plan to agree a new strategy Investing in Young People. 

In response to the report, available via the Sheffield City Council website, our CEO Gail Gibbons, said: “We absolutely welcome an ambitious strategy for young people. We’ve been closely involved with putting together its direction, so support many of its aims, such as building upon the successful partnerships that are already delivering many of these services across the city.

“We’re delighted to hear about the investment of a further £2m, something we have been advocating for some time, and we are looking forward to hearing how this will enhance delivery for young people.

“However, we have concerns around the impact on Sheffield Futures and frontline delivery, in terms of the proposal to take these services in-house, and we are seeking discussions with the local authority on how this might work.

“For now, it’s business as usual for our team, working with young people all across Sheffield to protect them from risk and to support them to live positive and productive lives.”


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Did you know we have a social prescribing team at Sheffield Futures?

(Left-right: Christos, Ashleigh, Rachel, Connor)

Our young person’s social prescribing team are part of our Door43 wellbeing service.

What is a young person’s social prescribing link worker?

A young person’s social prescribing link worker aims to support young people to access and engage with community initiatives or provision, which can be anything from youth clubs to sports groups, with the ultimate goal to improve health and wellbeing.

Who can benefit from social prescribing?

Young people who are looking for ways to boost their wellbeing and willing to work with a young person’s social prescribing link worker to achieve this! Social prescribing can benefit people who are looking to deal with issues such as loneliness, isolation, stress, low confidence, or difficulties with accessing employment or education. It can especially benefit young people who are willing to try something new, so this could be a new group, activity or service in the area where they live.

I think social prescribing could help me. How do I get to see one of your team?

Our team work with young people all across Sheffield.

If you’re interested in working with someone from our social prescribing team, and you’re signed up as a patient at any one of the doctor’s surgeries below, book an appointment to speak to your doctor. They will be able to advise you if social prescribing is right for you, and if so, make a referral to our team.

Dore Surgery

Carterknowle Road Surgery

Greystones Medical Centre

The Hollies Medical Centre

Falkland House Surgery

Nethergreen Surgery

The Crookes Practice

Selbourne Road Surgery

Walkley House Medical Centre

Manchester Road Surgery

Broomhill Surgery

The University of Sheffield Health Service

Alternatively, if you are not a patient at one of these GP surgeries, you may be able to meet with one of our young person’s social prescribing link workers at our Sheffield Futures HQ – 43 Star House, Division Street, Sheffield, at school or they can see you in your home. For a referral form email [email protected] or call 0114 201 2774 for more information.

0114 talks: Hearing young women’s perspectives on crime in Sheffield

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On Monday night young women and female youth work practitioners came together from across the city to discuss crime, the effects, and what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities. It was great to bring together young women from communities across the city through the work of community partners, The Manor & Castle Development Trust, Together Women and Broomhall Girls Youth Group.

Young women looked at important topics such as safety in Sheffield, when and where they feel safe, where they don’t and importantly how to keep themselves safe, looking at different scenarios and techniques – such as letting trusted people know where you are going, being aware of your surroundings and what to do if you feel unsafe while out and about. Worryingly, racism was also highlighted as an issue with young women reporting to have been verbally attacked on the bus and outside in the Hillsborough and Manor communities. The city centre was commented on as an area young women feel ‘unsafe’ due to ‘people hanging around’ as well as West Street due to ‘the drunks’. Sharrow was highlighted as somewhere to feel safe as it’s a ‘peaceful community’ along with leafy Fulwood and Hathersage.

The event also looked at current issues within Sheffield and the crimes that are being committed with a focus on current perceptions of what is being done to tackle crime that impacts young people negatively. There was a strong feeling that young people can be ‘discriminated against’ and seen as ‘the problem’, for example the general perception that ‘all young people are in gangs.’ It was felt that this is unhelpful as actually young people are being drawn in by criminals looking to exploit young people for their own gain. And, that actually, young people need safe spaces and youth work support to ensure they aren’t put at risk of exploitation in order to lead productive lives and create positive futures for themselves.

Thinking about what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities the young women said that ‘Supportive groups and clubs for young people who commit crimes would help to get them out of these situations, and help adults understand how they get drawn into crime in the first place.’ There was also a lot of discussion around the importance of youth work in the communities, ‘the importance of having places for young people to come together, enjoy themselves and learn.’ It was felt that ‘people may commit crime as a result of things they’re lacking in life – like money, friends, family support and respect.’ and that youth clubs and youth work activities could go a long way to filling this void for young people and ultimately help to keep them safe.

0114 talks is part of an ongoing series of events that will look at issues important to young people across the city.

0114 Talks: Young women’s perspective of crime in Sheffield

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Join us at an event which hopes to bring young women and female practitioners together from across the city to discuss crime, the effects, and what can be done to prevent further violence in our communities.

Come and be part of the conversation on Monday 27 January 2020, 5-7pm at Sheffield Futures, Star House, Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GE.

Here’s some of the activities you can expect to get involved in during the evening:

Female led self-defence – We’ll be discussing some things we can all do to help keep ourselves safe. We’ll look at different scenarios and techniques – such as letting trusted people know where you are going, being aware of your surroundings and what to do if you feel unsafe while out and about.

Exploring poetry/graffiti/art – We’ll look at different artistic expressions of how current issues make young people feel. They’ll be the opportunity to express our thoughts through different artistic mediums, such as poetry and chalks.

Gathering views on the current situation – What crimes do young people commit in Sheffield? What is currently happening to prevent this? What would you do to tackle the current crime issues? Young people and professionals will be given the opportunity to write their own thoughts and ideas on post-it notes to answer each question anonymously. We will then collate those views and share a report on the findings after the event.

Mapping out Sheffield – Where do young people feel safe? We’ll be asking attendees to add stickers to a large map of Sheffield so they can identify where they do and don’t feel safe in the city and why. We’ll be using a traffic light system – green equals safe, amber meaning sometimes safe and red will depict not feeling safe. We’ll discuss why the stickers have been placed in particular places and what we can be done to change things for the better.

If you’d like more information about the event, please contact Samantha Smith at [email protected]

Street Doctors partnership empowers young people to save lives

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Street Doctors the youth social action movement that teaches young people lifesaving and first aid skills has partnered with Sheffield Futures to deliver training to children and young people in areas considered at risk of youth violence across the city.

This work is part of Sheffield Futures’ Project 0114 which aims to educate young people about the risks of being exploited by criminals and empower them to make good decisions and understand their rights and responsibilities. The Street Doctors volunteers are training young people in Broomhall, North East Sheffield, Manor Castle/Arbourthorne, Burngreave/Pitsmoor and Lowedges.

Dan White, Head of Targeted Services and Health at Sheffield Futures said: “It’s a reality that criminal gangs are targeting children. Vulnerable children and young people are drawn in under the lure of friendship and gifts and are getting involved in seemingly harmless tasks, like carrying packages, and in doing so are putting themselves in real danger of violence including gun and knife crime, as well as putting themselves on the path to a criminal future.

“We’re working together with schools and vital partners in the communities to educate young people and offer early intervention to ensure they understand the risks and can make good decisions – if approached by organised crime gangs on the streets.

“It’s fantastic that Street Doctors have joined the city-wide partnership and are empowering young people with vital skills and confidence to act if confronted with a situation where someone is bleeding or unconscious.”

This strand of the project also sees youth work activities delivered for young people in youth clubs to provide safe spaces where they can benefit from the strengths and experience of community delivery partners and learn new and inspiring arts, music, media and sports skills. Sheffield Futures is leading the 0114 Project in conjunction with Sheffield City Council, ACT Sheffield, The Unity Gym Project, Broomhall Girls Youth Group, Manor Castle Development Trust, My Life Project, Princes Trust, and Change Grow Live (CGL).

Project 0114 was set up with Home Office funding through Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner focussed on tackling child criminal exploitation and associated knife and gun crime across the city.

A second strand sees secondary school pupils across the city, along with year six children in primary schools in targeted areas, benefit from information and skills-based sessions focussed on preventing child criminal exploitation and exploring the effects of knife and gun crime. The sessions are being co-delivered by youth workers and specially trained young people.

Schools that are interested in this training should contact Sheffield Futures on 0114 2012800 / [email protected]

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.