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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!

WORDPRESS GV3A0352Lord 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.”

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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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.

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.

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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.)

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.