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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]




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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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: [email protected]

Sexual Exploitation Service Manager Discusses Sexting

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During our Let’s Talk About Sexting campaign, we have been encouraging young people, parents and carers to learn more about sexting and why it occurs at the rates that it does and what the potential risks of sexting could be. Last week we looked at real life instances of young people sexting and the ways it has effected young people’s lives. This week we spoke with Sheffield Futures’ Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service Manager, Jane Fidler, to better understand how the young people she has worked with view sexting and what can be done to prevent young people from feeling anxious, depressed and in the worst cases, suicidal because of the consequences of sexting.

In part one of our interview with Jane, we look into the reasons young people sext as well as the consequences.


Next week we will be speaking to a parent whose child has been involved with sexting

If you have been affected by any aspect of sexting you can get help from the organisations bellow:

Childline – 0800 11 11 or in an online chat athttp://www.childline.org.uk/Talk/Chat/Pages/OnlineChat.aspx

If parents and carers are concerned about their child, they can contact the NSPCC – 0808 800 5000, by emailing [email protected], or by texting 88858.

They can also ring the Online Safety Helpline by ringing 0808 800 5002.

Revenge Porn Helpline – http://www.revengepornhelpline.org.uk/ or call on 0800 6000 459

Young People from Wordsworth Youth Club Learn New Skills

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Proactive young people who attend Wordsworth Youth Club in Parson Cross took part in a five week project learning how to use a skate board and have graduated with honors. The skateboarding project was a great success, as it engaged the young people in the local area in a fun and informative way. Over 30 young people attended the project funded by Yorkshire Sport that was designed to give young people the chance to learn new skills as well as change attitudes in and around offending behavior including anti-social behavior.

The Finale of the project saw the young people show off their newly developed skills at an indoor session at The House Skate Park. Young people who completed the sessions were invited down to the park where young people were awarded prizes from the Skate Board school for there participation.


From the 30 young people that took part in regular sessions – six of the young people have signed up for a weekly class run at the indoor skate park “House”. The six young people from the local youth club had never been skating before and thought they would challenge themselves to step outside their comfort zone. Following the project which ended on the 19th August, the young people have signed up and are attending a special class for beginners, according to Nick Mosley from the Skate Board School, the young people are making great progress and learning new skills.

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.