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Duke of Edinburgh Award celebration

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Young people across Sheffield celebrated their achievements at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Presentation Evening at Sheffield Town Hall on 5th March. 839 young people, including pupils from 29 schools and young people from charity and youth groups celebrated receiving their Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer, Gail Gibbons opened the event by thanking ‘All staff, teachers and volunteers whose hard work and tireless effort goes in to making each Award a success and helping young people to achieve their goals.’

The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy presented the certificates. ‘Well done to all of the students, we are very proud of you. It’s important that we do these awards and build on our learning, skills and expertise. Well done and congratulations.’

Parent Vicki Grayson said, ‘This has been an amazing experience for Thomas and he has grown in confidence. He is now looking forward to gaining his Gold Award!’

Parent Kate Bradshaw said ‘The skills and confidence Matthew has gained through achieving the Bronze and Silver Awards is amazing.  He talks about the award all the time, his motto is “we never give up”’.  Thank you so much.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager, Alan Pashley, said, ‘As a past pupil of Sheffield and award holder myself I’m immensely proud to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager. I hope that you all go on to reflect upon and re-live your experiences many times in your futures and that what you have learnt proves useful to you. On behalf of us all I thank you for being so inspirational.

Gary Uttley from All Saints Catholic High School said it had been ‘An enjoyable evening for all the participants.’

Jackie Cooke from Meadowhead School was presented with a long service award and said “I’m so proud to be involved with the Award and to see the positive effects and outcomes for all the young people involved.”

#Nomineat

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Introducing the #Nomineat challenge which is running January – March in support of money for life. We’d like to invite you to take part and provide us with a photograph, video or blog post of your meal costing less than £3 per head. Click here if you’d like to see an example by dippyeggplease. If you’re planning to get involved, just follow the four steps below! Don’t forget to tag us so we know you’ve taken part. If you’re aged between 16-25 you can also sign up to a free money master class in support of Money for Life – find out all the details here: http://bit.ly/nominEAT

 

 

 

Want to feel more cash confident?

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Are you aged 16-25 and want to feel more cash confident? Are you interested in learning about saving money?

If yes then come along to our FREE Money Master Classes!

Enter your details on the Survey Monkey to register.

Alternatively, contact the Money for Life Team on:
0114 201 6655 or 07966245209

With UK Youth and Money for Life.

A Day in the Life: Sadie Charlton, Talent Match Wellbeing Coach

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Introducing our new day in the life feature which will give an insight into the day to day life of some of the diverse roles we do at Sheffield Futures to deliver positive outcomes for young people.

In our very first feature we’re talking to Sadie Charlton, Talent Match Wellbeing Coach. Watch this space for new day in the life features. Enjoy.

Do your bit for the planet this Christmas

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Christmas is around the corner, and Sheffield Futures Environmental Committee want to encourage you to make your Christmas green this year! Here are a few top tips to make this season friendlier towards our planet.

Cards

With an average of 17 cards in the UK for every man, woman and child, that’s a lot of trees being used. Making sure you put all non-glittery cards into your recycling bins, can go a long way to looking after our planet

Trees

When it comes to deciding whether a real tree or an artificial one is better for the environment, it’s a tough call. Generally speaking, if you buy an artificial tree you have to use it for a minimum of 7 years for its carbon footprint to be stamped out. However if you go for a real tree, a large part of being environmentally friendly is recycling it. Six million real trees brightened up homes and offices across Britain last year, of which only 10% were recycled. The rest went into landfill, a wasted opportunity to create biomass that would have provided nutrients for depleted soil. In Sheffield, The Children’s Hospital Charity offer a collection and recycling service for a donation (min £12) – recycling and giving to charity in one! Link to that service is here: https://www.christmastreecollections.co.uk

Food Shopping

By the time the ingredients that make up the average British Christmas dinner arrive on our plates, they have travelled a combined distance of 49,000 miles. Turkeys from Europe, vegetables from Africa, wine from the southern hemisphere, cranberries from America – the turkey and trimmings add up to the equivalent of 6,000 car trips around the world, new research from the University of Manchester has found. Buy local or buy less. Produce bought locally means you will be supporting small suppliers and the local community, while minimising your carbon footprint. Shop at a local farmers’ market – there are plenty around!

Buy your fruit and vegetables loose and ditch all that wasteful plastic packaging.

Buy drinks in bigger bottles rather than small ones. One large bottle generates less waste than several smaller ones.

Try to avoid serving people with paper or plastic plates and cups if you are entertaining.

Don’t forget to put the vegetable peelings from your Christmas dinner in your home compost bin.

Lights

Christmas tree lights left on for 10 hours a day over the 12 days of Christmas produce enough CO2 to inflate 12 balloons, so turn them off when they are not needed!

Wrapping

Using sustainable wrapping paper goes a long way to looking after the environment over the festive period. Either look for the PEFC or FSC logo on your paper (this means the paper is sustainably forested!) or buy recycled brown paper that you can make festive with ribbon and stickers!

The Sheffield 10K!

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The Sheffield 10K will soon be upon us and Sheffield Futures are ready to join in on the fun and get running!

 

This year, the Sheffield 10K takes place on Sunday 24th September and will continue along the same route set last year. The run takes you along Ecclesall road, around the back of Endcliffe park, down Brocco bank and back into town – a doddle!

Sheffield Futures staff, volunteers and supporters are getting their SF running kits on, lacing up their trainers and training to face the 10K challenge so they can raise money to support the young people of Sheffield who need it most!

If you’d like to support our amazing athletes taking the challenge and help to raise money so that we can continue supporting young people with professional and personal development, then please click here! Every donation, large or small, goes a long way!

Alternatively, if you’d like to join us and run the 10K yourself then please get in touch at Funraising@Sheffieldfutures.org.uk

We can support you with your fundraising every step of the way. We can even provide you with your very own Sheffield Futures running t-shirt, water bottle, gym back and fundraising kit!

On your marks, get set, go!

Jumble Sale – 25th July – Division Street

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Jumble Sale

JUMBLE SALE! Tuesday 25th July at 1pm – 7pm
Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE

Sheffield Futures are hosting our second Jumble Sale, which will include a large variety of fantastic clothes, shoes, bags, accessories and trinkets – on sale all day!

Come down and find yourself lots of hidden gems and bargains!

All funds raised will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.

We hope to see you there on Tuesday 25th July!

 

 

The Lord Mayor’s Dinner raises a fantastic £700 for local youth charity

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Lord Mayor, Denise Fox, hosted her first charity dinner ‘The Lord Mayor’s Dinner’ on 30th March at Sheffield College’s restaurant The Silver Plate.

Local youth charity Sheffield Futures were proud to be the chosen charity for the event, which was attended by guests from Irwin Mitchell, Henry Boot, University of Sheffield, Pet-Xi, Sheffield City Councillors and more. The dinner raised a fantastic £700 to support Sheffield Futures to help young people to achieve their full potential.

The five-course meal at The Silver Plate Restaurant was cooked and served by students at Sheffield City College and the guests were full of praise for the food and professional service. Peter Bacon, Senior Relationship Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It was a great event with superb food and the college students did themselves proud.”

BBC Radio Sheffield’s morning show host, Paulette Edwards, joined the Lord Mayor and Sheffield Futures Operation’s Manager, Lynne Hilson to speak at the dinner.

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Laurence Gavin, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We all enjoyed the dinner immensely and we are delighted to be working closely with an organisation which does so much for young people in Sheffield.”

Attendees made pledges to help Sheffield Futures; with some offering time to give careers advice or to encourage young people in to a career they had not considered and others pledged to become an Ambassador for the youth charity.

Guests were wowed by local magician, and the President of Sheffield Magic Circle, Andy Taylor, who made playing cards move on their own, 20 pence coins bend, and diamond rings disappear and then reappear in the centre of a kiwi fruit!

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The Lord Mayor’s Dinner was kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell in support of Sheffield Futures.

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Jumble Sale!

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Jumble Sale for social media

Sheffield Futures is hosting its first ever JUMBLE SALE and we’d love as any of you as possible to come along!

The Jumble Sale will take place at Star House, 43 Division Street on Saturday 18th March. Doors open at 9:30am and close at 12:30pm, just in time for lunch!

If you’ve got a wardrobe full of stuff you’ve needed an excuse to get rid of then please email marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk to book your very own stall! If you’d like a table to sell your nearly new bits and bobs then there’s a suggested donation of £7 that will go towards supporting Sheffield Futures services, to continuing providing young people with the promising futures they deserve!

Equally, if you’ve got things you’d like to get rid of then you can also donate them to the jumble sale.

If you just want to come, peruse and purchase some vintage goodies for yourself, then it’ll be great to see you there! There will be teas, coffees and biscuits for a small suggested donation too, to keep you going!

Just after Christmas, there’s no better time than March 18th (specifically) to sell your unwanteds! Please get in touch and book a table at marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Blue Monday – 10 Tips to Beat Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Blue Monday is a day in January (the 16th this year, to be precise) when almost all of us are a bit down, for one reason or another. While the entirety of January is often somewhat of a struggle, Blue Monday is a day when we can collectively feel low but also try to pick each other up!

Research tells us there are a number of reasons why we might feel troubled on this day. It could be the current weather conditions, debt, the fact that Christmas is over and we’re back to school or work, or even because we’ve already failed our New Year’s resolutions. Whatever the reason is though, we’ve got 10 tips to help you combat any stress, anxiety and depression you may be feeling. We’re all in it together, so let’s beat it together!It's okay to be blue

1.      Do some exercise

Sometimes just sitting at your desk or in front of the TV can be a bit draining. Instead, to boost your mood, get some exercise. If it’s a jog, a bike ride or even a 10 minute walk, it will help. Physical exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline, and instead stimulates the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain killers and mood enhancers. Just make sure to wear warm clothing!

2.      Don’t try to be perfect

Every single one of us makes mistakes and we all have set backs. Life is complicated and often messy, so don’t dwell on the past. Try not to focus on the future too much either. Instead, concentrate on being yourself right now, living in the present and doing your best!

3.      Take time out

It’s almost impossible to concentrate on anything when you’re filled with anxiety and stress, so it’s important to take a break and spend a bit of time on yourself. If it’s making a cup of tea or having a bath, take 15 minutes to calm down and relax. Balance is important!

4.      Think positively

When we’re feeling troubled, we often imagine the worst! Our thoughts can run away with themselves which builds anxiety levels. Try to detach yourself from these thoughts by asking yourself whether they will even matter in a years’ time. Keeping things in perspective is a healthy way to control our thinking. You can do it!

5.      Laugh!

Laughter is the best medicine, as they say, and it’s true. Nothing works faster to lighten your mood than laughing. It makes your smile, connects you with people and lifts your spirit. Laughter also releases endorphins which increase a physical and emotional state of well-being. You’ll feel happier and much more relaxed after a good chuckle.

6.      Visualise a happy thought

Close your eyes and think about something comforting. Even for just 10 seconds you could picture a serene, warm and calming beach, being tucked up in bed, or even cuddling your pet. Any thought that will make you smile and relax will do the trick. You can do this right now!

7.      Talk about it

A problem shared is a problem halved. It’s healthy to open up and discuss your fears, as it can often take away a lot of the scariness and will offer you a chance for support! Talk to friends, family or your GP – they will want to help you.

8.      Get the right stuff

Sometimes when people are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed they can turn to the wrong sources, like alcohol or drugs, and this doesn’t help. What does help are the simple, everyday things. A good night’s sleep and a wholesome meal will make you feel much better!

9.      Write things down

Putting your thoughts into black and white will help you think through them. They will become simpler and clearer and you may even surprise yourself with the negative language you’ve used. Once you’ve physically seen your thoughts, you can challenge them and change your outlook.

10.  Do something you enjoy

Make sure to treat yourself! If there’s something coming up that you’ve been worrying about, once it’s done, reward yourself. Go out for a meal, watch a film, or go for a swim. Do something you know will make you happy. It’s important to be kind to yourself.

However you’re feeling, it’s okay to be blue. Try these tips out and remember to try and stay positive! Smiling will take you a long way.

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.