National Citizen Service: Giving back to the community

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Sheffield Futures celebrated the achievements made by 111 young people on the National Citizen Service programme earlier this month.

Over the course of 4 weeks this summer young people aged 17 and 18 from across Sheffield came together to work on social action projects that would directly benefit the local community.

During the four weeks, our young people spent time on an outdoor residential undertaking adventurous activities, learning to work as a team, developing leadership skills and pushing themselves to achieve things they never thought possible.

In weeks two and three, young people developed life skills learning essential skills such as how to live independently and budget as well as undertaking a social action project for a local charity. Our NCS graduates supported local charities with fundraising initiatives and care packages including those for the City’s homeless. Those that benefited included young people in our own Community Youth Teams across the city and the Door 43 emotional health and wellbeing service. Other organisations that benefited included Chilypep, Water Aid, Bluebell Wood, Richmond Care Home, Roundabout, Sheffield Mind, Archer Project and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

‘We’re so proud of all the fantastic young people that have gone on the National Citizen Service journey with us this Summer. What a fantastic achievement to challenge yourself in such an all-encompassing way, living away from home and working as part of a team to benefit those in need within our community.’ Says Gail Gibbons, CEO of Sheffield Futures.

‘We know from our celebration event that the young people involved gained a lot from the NCS programme this year and we look forward to welcoming the next set of young people onto the programme.’ Gail continues.

Sheffield Futures is one of the delivery partners for the National Citizen Service in Sheffield.

Our Duke of Edinburgh open award students receive their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace

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#Nomineat challenge

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We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our #nomineat challenge in support of money for life by sharing some of the entries with you all. As well as sharing and receiving meal tips across social media we have posted money tips and diaries to support young people who may be interested in learning budgeting skills. You can see some of our posts and tips to creating budget meals on the slideshow below. #nomineatsuccess!

One Minute With..Dan White our new Head of Targeted Services and Health

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We asked Dan White, our new Head of Targeted Services and Health a few questions about himself and his new role. Welcome Dan!

  1. What gets you out of bed in the morning? A: The idea that I’m going to be part of something amazing today
  2. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional? A: Being a parent to the best children ever
  3. How would you describe your day job to a child? A: Protecting young people and creating exciting projects which provide opportunities to help you achieve your full potential.
  4. What do you think the biggest challenges are for us supporting Sheffield’s young people? A: There are loads, but competing against negative social influences young people are exposed to via social media broadcasts is a big one. Also, keeping up with the rapid changes or challenging circumstances in the lives of young people.
  5. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? My leaving do on the last day of my previous job.

Join Art Breakers youth theatre company!

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Interested in theatre? Join Art Breakers, a project that internationally-acclaimed theatre company Forced Entertainment is running for young people in Sheffield!

Starting in February, Art Breakers will be running weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings, 4:30-6:30pm, at Theatre Deli, Sheffield (the old Mothercare building, Eyre Street). The first session will be February 27th.

Art Breakers is an out-of-the-ordinary youth theatre. Grown from Forced Entertainment’s unique and acclaimed 30-year practice of experimentation, it is a space for inventing, breaking the rules, invading the stage and making a brilliant mess.

The idea here is to build a strong collective with the same people meeting every week, rather than a drop-in/drop-out series of sessions. It’s a chance for young people to become part of a company and to work collaboratively to make brave, exciting and genre-defying new work. They actively welcome a sense of adventure and challenging of the status quo.

Interested? Join them for a FREE taster session! Register today!

They are soon opening public applications to be part of the company, at a cost of £30 per half-term. Although, they are very keen that young people who might not have easy access to this opportunity do not miss out, so they have some limited fully-funded bursary places that they would like to offer to any young people who are in touch with Sheffield Futures.

There’s more information, plus some images of a pilot scheme here: https://www.forcedentertainment.com/project/art-breakers/

Please contact Hester Chillingworth, Creative Producer, email: hester@forcedentertainment.com

See the Forced Entertainment website here.

National Citizen Service – staff development plan singled out as best practice

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Our involvement team are doing a fantastic job of delivering the NCS programme especially as we picked up the contract late in the day. Not only are the team doing really well with recruitment and warm up activities but they have been singled out as an example of good practice by the prime contractor – EFL Trust.

The recruitment of young people for our NCS programme continues. If you know of young people who are 15 to 17 years-old and would benefit from a 3-4 week experience that helps build confidence and self-belief then please send them this link.


Young people can live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people. Food, accommodation and activities, all in for up to £50.

Are you a young carer who needs a break?

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Do you know a young carer who is isolated and in need of a break?

Is lack of money stopping them from getting much-needed respite? If so, the Young Carers Activity Fund could help.

Sheffield Young Carers administer the Young Carers Activity Fund on behalf of Sheffield City Council to give young carers aged under 18 up to £300 to fund a break from their caring role. This could include things like music lessons, spa days, a gym membership or activity equipment for home like a trampoline, a magazine or film subscription, or a computer.

The next closing date for applications is Friday 9th February 2018

Here’s how the grant has made a difference in the past:

“I would just like to say a very big thank you for my grant! I have been able to buy all the sports clothing & equipment that I needed and I now feel really well prepared and comfortable … It has also meant that my Mum doesn’t have to worry about finding money… which has helped a lot!”

“The grant has helped me buy a new bike and all the safety equipment I needed to be road safe. This has meant that I now have the freedom to get out and about with my friends and explore both my local area and further afield… I’ve never had so much exercise since having my own bike! I would just like to say a massive thank you and will keep you posted of my biking adventures!”

Please note: This fund is only open to young carers who are NOT currently part of Sheffield Young Carers or on our waiting list as they will get respite through our service. For details and other eligibility criteria, please see: www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk/young-carers-activity-fund

Money tips for 2018

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Our talent match support worker, Mabz, has put together a set of money saving tips in support of our Money for life. If you’re aged between 16-25 and you want to become more cash confident, you could book onto a money master class. You can register here!


#Nomineat challenge success

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The #nomineat recipe challenge, in support of Money for Life, has been running for just under two weeks and we’ve already had a great response. We’d love to hear more of your recipe ideas whether that’s through videos, photos or blog posts. If you’ve not heard of the challenge and want to find step to step instructions of how you can take part just click here. Don’t forget to tag us to let us know you’ve shared a recipe!

Here are some of our highlights so far…

Dippyeggplease wrote a brilliant blog post discussing cooking to keep to a budget during January. She cooked her kids favourite, ‘Beany cheesy pasta bake’ and was kind enough to share step by step cooking instructions and a photograph! You can read more by clicking this link

SadieBlueOT tweeted her lunch time budget recipe, we liked this one because it is cost efficient and easy to make! The total lunch costs just 2.75 and can make enough for 2-3 portions. Much better value than a meal deal.



We’ve also received some video based recipes through our Facebook page, If you’d like to find out how to cook a roast vegetable pasta for under £3 pp you can  click here to see more


Watch out for further updates and if you’ve not yet taken on the challenge, I #nomineat you to share your £3 recipe with us this week.

Building better opportunities for South Yorkshire’s unemployed

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The future is looking brighter for unemployed people in Sheffield City Region as the Doing Good Business partnership expands to include Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT.)

Doing Good Business is a programme for people looking to start work in South Yorkshire. We provide one-to-one coaching support, at your pace, to fit in with your life. We can help to assist you back in to the world of work.

We will:

  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Support you to manage your personal circumstances
  • Enable you to develop your skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet your needs
  • Provide financial assistance to help you to meet your goals

We can help with: 

  • Job search
  • Finding employment
  • Self employment
  • Business start-up
  • Getting in to education or training.

Doing Good Business focuses on the engagement of participants at a neighbourhood level. The partner organisations will bring a strong knowledge of the local area and issues that people face whilst trying to gain employment.

Andy Lock, Head of Operations for The Coalfields Regeneration Trust said, “Our experience of working in the South Yorkshire coalfields highlights the very real barriers people face every day when trying to find work or improve their skills and qualifications. Our partnership with Sheffield Futures, working on the Doing Good Business programme, will enable us to provide intensive one to one support to help people realise their aspirations and improve the quality of their lives.”

DWDT Development Manager, Jo Ward, said: “Doing Good Business is designed to help people gain the skills that employers are looking for and progress towards finding work. By taking a flexible approach and supporting people one-to-one, we can identify their goals and develop an individual action plan to help achieve them. We hope people across Doncaster will take advantage of this free support in order to enhance their skills and job prospects.”

Lynne Hilson, Operations Manager at Sheffield Futures said: “Doing Good Business promises to help the hardest to reach people to make the most of their skills and ambitions by receiving the maximum help and support they need. This is an important step towards positive change for unemployed people in Sheffield City Region.”

Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

This support is for people age 25+ and not in work, not in receipt of JSA or not in receipt of Universal Credit equivalent of JSA. Know someone who would benefit? Get in touch today! 

Courtney Castledine: 0114 201 6644 or email: courtney.castledine@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

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.