Lord Mayor of Sheffield Becomes Sheffield Futures Ambassador

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Sheffield Futures is launching our new Ambassador programme tomorrow and we are happy to announce the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, as one of our latest Ambassadors.

The Sheffield Futures Ambassador Programme has been created, so that people who have a strong connection to the local area can give back to the community. The Ambassadors will be fundamental in raising awareness and support in the charity, which will help to fund and deliver all the services they provide across the local area.

Sheffield Futures Ambassador, Lord Mayor Denise Fox said: “I do interact with young people who have been in touch with Sheffield Futures and seeing them gain employment or gain an apprenticeship or get into education makes me proud.”

Sheffield Futures provide a wide range of support and opportunities for young people and adults to help them to reach their full potential. They are often referred to as being a young people’s life-line, supporting young people in risky situations to stay safe, helping them to improve their confidence and self-belief as well as their employability skills.

“It’s difficult to measure the impact Sheffield Futures has but listening to the stories of victims of sexual abuse and how Sheffield Futures has helped them overcome their great anxiety and fears about what’s happened to them, shows that impact. For young people struggling to get into employment, I would say get in touch with Sheffield Futures. I’ve seen it happen – you can walk into the building on Division Street and you will be welcomed and immediately helped. I’d say please contact Sheffield futures as they will help you and give you confidence.” Said Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Denise Fox.


Sheffield Futures is currently looking for people with a passion about making positive changes to get in touch and find out more about becoming Ambassadors. Like Denise, people who have strong ties to Sheffield and the local area could have the opportunity to engage and enthuse young people to make positive life choices.

Lord Mayor Denise Fox said: “I hope that Sheffield Futures can continue getting funding to do the things that they are good at like prevention and engagement and being out there with the young people. Visiting a couple of the Sheffield Futures youth clubs opened my eyes because there were over 100 people there. The fact that so many young people had somewhere to go meant a lot to me because it means they’re not out on the streets being exposed to risks. I do think children are our future and we need to get it right.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Sheffield Futures Ambassador, please email ambassadors@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.

Sheffield Futures Set to Provide Groundbreaking New Domestic Abuse Service

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Sheffield Futures is pleased to announce they have been awarded a safeguarding grant from the Department of Education, which will ensure that young people in low to medium risk cases of negative and abusive relationships will get the support they need.

Research conducted by Young Women Against Violence Empowered showed that there was a gap in services for young people aged 16 and 17 and more preventative work with low to medium risk cases of domestic abuse would in turn reduce the amount of young people becoming high risk.

As a youth charity, Sheffield Futures aims to be available to all young people in the local area, whatever their situation may be. The funding from the Department of Education will enable Sheffield Futures to employ two specialist Domestic Abuse Youth Workers and a Domestic Abuse Trainer. The Youth Workers will work directly with young people who are at risk or involved in negative or abusive relationships and deliver one to one support and group work interventions at secondary schools. The Domestic Abuse Trainer will deliver training to practitioners, which would broaden understanding in relation to the complexity and situational peer on peer abuse.

The grant has been awarded as part of Sheffield Futures domestic abuse pilot project, which will test new ways of supporting young people to ensure that they are given help in identifying negative relationships. The Youth Workers will work closely with Sheffield Futures Community Youth Teams and a range of agencies, as well as with young people’s families to help support and empower young people to make positive life choices.

Celebrating Young People’s Achievements

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Talent Match, an employment programme for Sheffield City Region (SCR) celebrated the achievements of young adults at their annual awards ceremony in December.

Talent Match Coaches voted for 24 young people to win awards for their achievements in volunteering, helping to shape the programme, entering education, doing well at enterprise camp, being young entrepreneurs and gaining employment on the wage subsidy programme (where employers receive funding to take on a new employee.)


Talent Match is a wage subsidy programme for 18 – 25 year olds who are not in employment, education or training, aimed at getting those furthest away from the job market into employment. The programme helps young people to promote themselves, build skills, find employment, get work experience and even helps to make business ideas happen!

Talent Match Manager Jo Booth said: “We’re so proud of the achievements of the young people on the Talent Match programme and we wanted to recognise that at our annual awards ceremony. Many of the young people lacked confidence when they started the programme and for some, collecting their award in front of a room full of people is a huge accomplishment.”

“Since January 2013, Talent Match has supported over 1600 people in the region, through hubs in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bolsover, Bassetlaw and North East Derbyshire. We are trying to get young people into jobs that last. In 2016 we helped 177 young people into employment and of those, 153 are in long-term positions. Across the region there have been some huge achievements, including 131 have begun volunteering, 442 have re-entered education.”

Sarah, a Talent Match Client said: “in a year, my life’s completely changed. I’ve got two parents with schizophrenia that are very ill and have never worked. I was a young career. I wanted to get a job but I found it very difficult but [Talent Match partner organisation] Changing Lives helped and made it very easy. When you normally get a job you worry about travel and stuff but having Talent Match – it just took all the worries away. It makes you a stronger person having that kind of family, as everyone’s nurturing you. Especially when I had a lot of anxiety it helped my confidence. Before Talent Match I barely opened my curtains. I’m a changed person. I always wanted to work in the NHS and last Thursday I got offered a permanent job as a Medical Receptionist. So much has changed in a year.”




Sheffield Futures Team Up with Olympic Athletes to Celebrate Youth Achievement

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We had a great time celebrating young people making positive changes in their lives, as part of the Get On Track programme.

The young people talked about their experiences on the 6-week course, which saw them face challenges like abseiling, mock interviews and pitching ideas to industry professionals. Many of the young people had been involved in Sheffield gangs and had low school attendance before joining the course.

A teenage attendee at the celebration said: “I had a bad history with crime. A couple of years ago and I started to feel like I wanted to help others. It was a bit scary not knowing people you were working with but it was good as well because it built my confidence.”


Get on Track, spearheaded by the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, works in partnership with local charity Sheffield Futures. The unique aspect of the course is that it is led by world class athletes that can inspire the next generation. James Kirton – Athlete Mentor and Sheffield Futures Ambassador led the team of young people through the course and it was clear on the night to see the group had formed a close bond.


James represented Great Britain in swimming for over six years, reaching Olympic, World and European level. His aim is to raise young people’s aspirations by helping them to harness the physical and psychological skills needed to achieve their personal goals and targets.

James said: “The skillset that athletes have is very close knitted to working with young people facing disadvantage… It’s about discovering their strengths and weaknesses. The young people here beforehand had been out of work, getting themselves into trouble and now they’re all back in education. What an amazing outcome.”


The Lord Mayor of Sheffield was in attendance and awarded the proud young people a certificate acknowledging their contribution and hard work.

Gail Gibbons CEO of Sheffield Futures said: “Young people that start the course – their confidence might be quite low, they might have been out of education or work for quite a long time and what we find is after completing the course, they gain a lot of new skills. They meet new people, build their confidence and most of them move on into training and employment, so it’s a really positive outcome.”

If you’re 16-25 and looking for work, training, education or volunteering opportunities – Get on Track could see you work with Olympic athletes to reach your full potential. To find out more please contact enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.

We Are With #iwill

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Sheffield Futures is joining the celebrations of the #iwill national campaign, which focuses on the impact young people are making in their communities. This week is especially important as 21st-25th November is #iwillweek, which highlights new and existing events and activities taking place across the country.


The #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which create a double-benefit – to communities and young people themselves. Sheffield Futures has worked hard to ensure that young people from all different backgrounds and circumstances are given the chance to participate in social action projects.

Young people, such as those who volunteer for our youth social action scheme, Sheffieldr, are already doing fantastic things in their communities. So far, they have been involved in visiting old people’s homes, renovating a run down nursery, painting murals and litter picking.


Youth social action gives young people the chance to develop life skills that will help them succeed in the future. Working in teams with other young people means that participants harness their leadership and communication skills, whilst understanding the benefits of listening to each other and working in a team to get things done.

If you want to find out more about volunteering or getting involved in our youth social action projects, please call us o 0114 201 2800 or email us at enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.




Sheffield Students Celebrate at St James’s Palace

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Last week, 8 young people from 4 schools in Sheffield attended a presentation at St. James’s Palace, London, where they received their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards from celebrity presenter, Natalie Coyle, after sharing their experiences with Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex.

During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the group made up of participants from Birkdale, High Storrs, Notre Dame and Silverdale Schools on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.


Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

Jules Walker, representing  Sheffield Futures DofE Operating Authority attended the presentation to see the group receive their Gold Awards, and said, “ It was a privilege to be a part of the young people’s Gold Award ceremony and listen to so many positive comments about the impact the DofE Programme has had for the participants. Many spoke about the confidence taking part had instilled in them and the satisfaction they gained from taking on new challenges. There is a great deal of hard work associated with achieving a Gold DofE Award but the rewards in terms of self development and community impact cannot be understated.”

Speaking about his DofE experience, John McDowell, who was one of the Gold Award holders at the  presentation, said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of undertaking my Gold DofE Award with my friends and have found the skills I developed in terms of planning and structure have helped me to progress in my engineering ambitions. I’d recommend anyone with the opportunity to participate in the DofE Programme”

There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.

To find out more about the DofE and how it enables young people to succeed, please visit www.DofE.org  


Be A Sheffield Futures Star This Christmas!

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This Christmas, Sheffield Futures are running a special Christmas campaign called “Be A Sheffield Futures Star”.

This is a fantastic chance for local businesses and organisations to support a local charity this Christmas. They will get their name on one of our exclusive stars, which will be displayed on our prominent window front over the entire month of December.


Sheffield Futures building is located on the corner of Division Street and Carver Street, where there’s a massive footfall right outside at all times of day and night, particularly at Christmas!

By sponsoring a star, you’ll be helping the young people of Sheffield who need it most. You and everyone else will also see your company name on one of our Stars in this busy part of town and know that you’re helping a good cause. We will also list your company name and photo on our website and promote and thank everyone who has become a Sheffield Futures Star on our social media accounts.

Sheffield Futures is a dynamic and vibrant charity, which supports young people and adults to reach their full potential in learning, employment and life to achieve a better future. We deliver a wide range of services for young people, in particular those who are most vulnerable and disengaged in our communities. The voice of young people is at the heart of all our work.

Your donation will support our work towards counselling, activity and enrichment programmes, our equipment store, youth work and mentoring, and many more worthwhile causes.

Sheffield Futures Stars can be sponsored in two sizes. For a 30cm X 30cm star it costs only £25 and for a larger, 50cm X 50cm star it’s just £35! If you are interested then please get in touch with our Community Fundraiser via email at Elliot.walker@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or by telephone on 0114 201 6609.

Why not support our charity, be a Sheffield Futures Star and get your organisation’s name in a fantastic spot this Christmas?

Running for Sheffield Futures

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After starting my new job at Sheffield Futures I was immediately told about the running 10k in October for the charity. I must saw that the thought of it had me walking to the hills – I don’t run.  Anyone who knows me knows that although I like sport but running is not my forte. Me running for anything other than the bus is unheard of but I decided to run my first ever race and raise money for a charity and show some team spirit.


After umming and ahhing I decided to get stuck in. I had 6 weeks to get ready, so I bought some running shoes and hit Meersbrook Park to begin my training. I am quite certain that the hill in Meersbrook Park came straight out of my worst nightmares. The view at the top is amazing but my first attempt at running up the hill was so slow and uncoordinated, it could only be described as a consistent trip uphill. After a few attempts, it seemed to get easier but I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fit in enough training sessions before the big race day.



After about two weeks of training I know longer absolutely hated running, more of a strong dislike. I was consistently running 2-3K twice a week but but had not done over 5K. It seemed that 3K was the most I’d ever be able to do.



I started adding gym work outs into my week, which helped build up my stamina. I wasn’t so daunted by the Meersbrook Hill anymore.



I downloaded a great free app called Strava, which helped me analyse how fast I was running per kilometre. As I’m rather competitive, this helped me enjoy running, as I could see how I was improving each time.



One week before the race I had started building up the distance each training session. I went from 6k – 8k and found that after 4k, I had got through the pain barrier and it wasn’t all that bad.



I did one last run of 9k and a gym session the week of the race. I made sure to give myself a day off all exercise before the race.



I was actually super excited and the anticipation I think gave me the adrenaline to sprint over the finish line. I felt very proud of the fact I’d stepped outside of my comfort zone to help raise money for the young people of my beautiful city, Sheffield. I finished the race in 1hr 6 mins and altogether, my running partner Jake and I raised just over £250!


If you want to help raise money for Sheffield Futures, get in touch with our Community Fundraiser, Elliot at Elliot.Walker@sheffieldfutures.org.uk.

The Great Sheffield Futures Bake off

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Yesterday saw our Sheffield Futures staff whip up something pretty special for the annual Great Sheffield Futures Bake Off competition. It was definitely a day to remember with Bake Offs very own Howard Middleton, who hails from Sheffield, judging the competition here at Star House.









The creativity of sweet treats was impressive, with eye catching Sheffield Futures inspired biscuits, decorative custard cream cupcakes and much more on display. Our special day coincided with the final of the Great British Bake Off, but don’t worry, there won’t be any spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet!


Howard was an entertaining and attentive judge, so make sure to watch our Bake Off video below, to find out which three winners he chose for this year’s Great Sheffield Futures Bake Off!


Thanks to everyone that took part and helped raise £76.99! Every penny from the Great Sheffield Futures Bake Off will be going towards supporting the local people of Sheffield and services that give young people the chance to reach their full potential.

Future Shapers Success

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Future Shapers is a programme provided by Sheffield Futures that offers personal and educational support to young people aged between 14-17 years old.

Tia got involved with the Future Shapers programme after her mum told her about Sheffield Futures and where to go to get help. Tia said: “I was unemployed, unhappy and I had a lot of worries as I had a lot of stuff to pay for. I was really struggling to find a job…it made me feel sad.”

Once a young person joins Future Shapers they are given their own personal mentor that will work with them to uncover where they need most support and tailor the support to the young person’s needs. Our mentors have helped young people gain confidence, attend extra-curricular activities and search for employment.

“Future Shapers helped me with my CV/cover letters, apply for jobs, and helped me sort out my Maths, so I can have functional skills in Maths,” Tia said.

Future Shapers treats every young person as an individual and understands that every journey will be different. Many young people are given the chance to gain the extra confidence they need to step outside of their comfort zone and push themselves to believe that they can succeed in life. Tia said: “I felt less worried and like something was going to get sorted soon. I felt like I would have a brighter future.”

Since joining Future Shapers, Tia went on to get a series of interviews and has been successful in securing an internship. She is now less worried about her future. “I feel comfortable in knowing that I can approach you Future Shapers if I need further support with anything,” said Tia.


If you want to know more about the Future Shapers programme, please give us a call on: 0114 201 2909 or email: future.shapers@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.