Youth Clubs

Youth Work Week – Toni’s Story #YouthWorkMatters

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Toni used to go to Stocksbridge Youth Club as a teenager, eventually becoming a Young Leader and helping to run activities and trips for younger members of the club. After working in retail and having children, Toni started volunteering at the very same youth club she used to visit weekly. When the opportunity came up to become a qualified Youth Worker, Toni jumped at the chance, leaving her job to train and volunteer – eventually becoming the lead Youth Worker (and key holder) for the club she used to visit. Here’s her story:


This post is part of our Youth Work Matters campaign. You can support the campaign:

Find out more about how youth work transforms lives by following our #YouthWorkMatters campaign on TwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Facebook.

You can also write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters

Please visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk to find out more about what we do and how you can support us with fundraising, volunteering or as an ambassador.

Youth Work Matters exhibition Mon 29th Oct – Fri 2nd Nov, Winter Gardens

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Sheffield’s largest youth charity, Sheffield Futures, are celebrating youth work and its fantastic achievements for young people and communities. Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed nationally. In Sheffield, we are pleased to say that youth services are still funded by Sheffield City Council, although delivery is reduced annually.

To celebrate and demonstrate the value of youth work, Sheffield Futures has developed Youth Work Matters. Youth Work Matters is an exhibition to showcase why youth work is so important to the communities in our city. Featuring young people from across the city, these photographs tell the story of why youth work matters and needs continued support for the benefit of all Sheffield’s communities.

For this project, we visited nine of the youth clubs that Sheffield Futures run each week across the city, including one club for young with learning disabilities; we spent time at the Wellbeing Cafe for young people with emotional wellbeing issues and spoke to Sheffield Young Advisors and Sheffield Youth Cabinet, to see why youth work is important to them.

 


How you can support us:

Find out more about how youth work transforms lives by following our #YouthWorkMatters campaign on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.

You can also write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters

Please visit www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk to find out more about what we do and how you can support us with fundraising, volunteering or as an ambassador.

Drop The Knife: youth knife crime consultation, for young people.

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HAVE YOUR SAY.

We want to hear from young people: what do you think about knife crime?

Wednesday 31st October (half term) 1.30-3.30pm

at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE.

ALL OPINIONS ARE IMPORTANT AND YOU CAN REMAIN COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS.

Please RSVP: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or via Insta: @sheffieldfutures

#youthworkmatters

 


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Celebrating Youth Work: Imran’s Story #YouthWorkMatters

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Here Imran Ali, a youth and community worker tells his story about how experiencing the benefits of youth work as a young man steered him away from anti social behaviour and towards a career helping others remain on a positive path.

‘As a young person I attended the Earl Marshall youth club and Fir Vale Pavilion regularly. At the Pavilion I remember several tournaments, trips, residentials and even a trip abroad.’ He says when reflecting on his time as a youngster in the Fir Vale area of Sheffield.

‘These experiences and being involved with the project definitely had a positive impact on my development as a young person. I enjoyed sports and the youth clubs provided the opportunity for me to be involved in these positive activities and stay away from the anti-social behaviour and criminal activities that other young people were involved with during that time.’ He continues.

Imran went on to study at College and after leaving college, certain of the power of youth work to transform lives, decided to dedicate his career to helping other young people reach positive destinations in life.

‘I became a volunteer with Sheffield Futures and from there I slowly began my journey into becoming a youth and community worker.’ He says.

‘After many years working with Sheffield Futures, Activity Sheffield, Fir Vale Forum and Ellesmere Youth Project, I now work in the same areas and same centres that I attended when I was growing up. It gives me great satisfaction to see other young people developing, achieving and being successful as a result of the work we have done with them over the years.’

‘Many people do not know the true impact of centres such as the ones that I attended as a young person but I can say if they had not been around, I may not have had the direction, focus and success that I am enjoying today.’


Sheffield Futures campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Black History Month 2018

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Today is the first day of Black History Month. As an organisation we believe it is crucial that we recognise the importance of diversity and celebrate black history.

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the views and opinions of so many people from different backgrounds and with different talents and beliefs. We will always embrace differences and welcome positive change because it’s part of who we are. Quite simply, we’re here to help fulfil ambitions whatever they may be, for everyone. To celebrate this feeling, will be sharing quotes and information that inspire us on our social media streams throughout October!

Youth club summer activities! #YouthWorkMatters

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Our Community Youth Teams led a series of exciting activities for our young people from across Sheffield this Summer. From climbing to theatre going and outdoor swimming at Rother Valley Aqua Park, we led a variety of activities to improve social skills, life skills and independence for young people.

        


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Knife crime: Emergency first aid training for young people #YouthWorkMatters

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Young people at Sheffield Futures’ youth clubs have received training in how to deliver first aid on the street if they come across someone bleeding. This training comes as part of the city’s response to Operation Spectre, the National Knife Crime Awareness Campaign.

The sessions at youth clubs in Abbeydale and Gleadless were facilitated by Street Doctors – University of Sheffield medical students who deliver emergency life-saving skills to young people. The group were joined by South Yorkshire Police who spoke to the young people about knife crime in Sheffield and how to report crime anonymously through youth crime watch tool Fearless. Fearless is a service that allows information to be passed to the police anonymously.

The emergency first aid sessions were delivered to young people aged 11-16 with a focus on education around the devastating consequences of knife crime and carrying a knife.
Street Doctors ensured that the young attendees were aware of the location of vital organs within the body, the dangers and warning signs of blood loss and initial first aid should they ever be in the situation where they find themselves present with a victim of a stabbing. Funding for the session was secured from Sheffield Youth Justice Service.

Further to this, Sheffield Futures youth workers have been working with PCSOs to support young people in the community by providing joint patrols in Sharrow, Gleadless and Upperthorpe as part of Operation Sceptre.

Sheffield Futures Head of Targeted Services and Health, Dan White said, “Sheffield Futures is working closely with multi-agency teams to support young people and prevent knife crime. We are working in the community with young people to help them to understand the dangers of carrying a knife and with community groups to ensure that our support is targeted.”

“Our approach is based on core youth work principles: relationship based – recognising the need to build up trust with young people over a sustained period of time; it is strengths based – identifying young people’s assets and building on them; it is flexible – working with young people at their own pace which is not always linear; it is co-produced with young people – young people usually have the solutions; and it utilises enrichment activities as a means of engagement.”

PC Mark Toyne, who attended the session, said, “The Street Doctors delivered their presentation expertly and had a genuine rapport with their young audience. Our thanks to Sheffield Futures and Street Doctors for involving themselves in Operation Sceptre and for delivering such a valuable input.”


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Celebrating Youth Work: Alisha’s Story #YouthWorkMatters

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As part of our Celebrating Youth Work campaign we’re looking at the diverse ways in which youth workers have a life changing impact on the lives of Sheffield’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Here we hear from Rhonda, a Youth Worker in our Community Youth Team about her experiences working with a young girl at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation who with the intervention and engagement of our youth workers and other specialists was steered into a place of safety.

‘Alisha was a young Lithuanian girl living with her Mother in Sheffield. Alisha was assessed as being at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation and as a result of her mother’s personal issues and concerns for Alisha’s safety we referred the case to social care and Alisha was placed into foster care with supervised visits from her mother.’ Says Rhonda.

‘As part of our referral process we undertook an assessment and intervention plan to ensure that Alisha was capable of making informed and positive choices. As part of this I built up a trusting relationship and worked on topics such as self-esteem, positive choices, consequences and healthy relationships. Other issues were identified and we helped Alisha with issues around theft and smoking. Alisha engaged well with all her one to one sessions and eventually she gained confidence to attend youth provision in her local area where she made positive friendships.’ She continues.

After some time, it was agreed that as part of the child protection plan Alisha was on it was in her interests to be returned to Lithuania to live with her maternal grandparents.

‘As I had built such a strong relationship with Alisha, Alisha’s social worker asked me to accompany Alisha back to Lithuania.’ Rhonda says. 

‘The social worker and I picked up Alisha at 2am and it was a tearful goodbye for her and her foster carer. We arrived at the airport and boarded our flight to Frankfurt and then boarded another flight to Lithuania. Alisha was glad to be going back home but said that she would miss living in the UK and her friends, however she had a loving relationship with her grandparents.’

‘The young girl’s grandparents, social workers, her cousin and her husband and new born baby were all waiting for her arrival and it was an exciting moment for her and her family as there were lots of hugs and we were introduced to the family. We said our good byes and it was emotional for the social worker and I. The Lithuanian social workers were kind enough to call a taxi for us and waited with us for the taxi and we left the young girl with her family at the airport to start a more positive life with her family to support and care for her.’ Rhonda says.

The case with CYT has since been closed following no further concerns and a positive transition for Alisha back to her family in Lithuania.


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

Your Safe Spaces #YouthWorkMatters

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The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is ‘SAFE SPACES’ something that Sheffield Futures knows all about. For thousands of young people, our youth clubs are a safe space to go, take part in recreational activities, meet and make new friends and learn the skills they need to succeed in life.

We asked young people what makes a safe space, why young people feel that the youth clubs are a safe space and how they could be improved to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming.

Sheffield Futures runs 49 youth activities each week, including many local youth clubs. We are pleased that 81% of young people felt safe at their youth club, and only 5% did not, the rest were undecided.

Our consultation found that 85% of young people felt safe where they live, but 9% did not, the rest were undecided.

As Sheffield Futures is based at Star House, on Division Street, we wanted to see whether young people felt safe in the city centre. Only 60% of young people felt safe in Sheffield City Centre, 29% did not and the rest were undecided. We asked the group whether they felt safe in public spaces, such as Meadowhall, or at big events and 70% said that they did feel safe, whilst 19% did not. Two people said that they’d been attacked and/or mugged.

16% of the young people asked through our consultation did not feel safe at school, but 73% did feel safe. We wanted to know whether young people feel safe in open spaces, like parks. 62% did, but 20% did not.

Transport is always one of the top youth issues and we consulted to see if young people felt safe whilst they were on public transport: 78% did, and 13% did not.

We consulted with the group to see if they felt safe in places of worship and 70% did, but 19% did not feel safe.

Jude Smith, Sheffield Youth Cabinet at the Safe Spaces consultation on International Youth Day.


The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is ‘SAFE SPACES’ something that Sheffield Futures knows all about. For thousands of young people, our youth clubs are a safe space to go, take part in recreational activities, meet and make new friends and learn the skills they need to succeed in life.

This month we are using our sessions in youth clubs to find out what makes a safe space, why young people feel that the youth clubs are a safe space and how they could be improved to be more inclusive, accessible and welcoming.


Sheffield Futures new campaign ‘In Celebration of Youth Work’ celebrates and demonstrates the value of youth work within our communities.

Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people.

Our young people led campaign over the coming months is all about the celebration of youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. We invite you to show your support by….

  • Sharing the following message on social media: Since 2010, funding to vital youth services has been cut, with 600+ youth centres closed. This is having a devastating effect on disadvantaged young people. At @SheffFutures we want to celebrate youth work and all of its fantastic achievements. See: www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/in-celebration-of-youth-work
  • …Or write your own message of support for @SheffFutures using the hashtag #YouthWorkMatters
  • Running a fundraiser to help Sheffield Futures to continue delivering quality youth work to young people in Sheffield city region. Every penny you raise will help Sheffield Futures to transform lives and create positive futures.
  • Pledging to be a Sheffield Futures Ambassador and raising awareness of their work by making key introductions, sharing their messages, attending events and more.

Contact us, email: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 8647

UK’s largest youth consultation tackles the biggest issues for young people today

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Sheffield Futures is taking part in this year’s Make Your Mark ballot, the largest consultation of young people in the country.

VOTE NOW

In a national annual ballot running from 23rd August until 10th October, young people across the country will be asked what issues matter most to them, in order to determine what is debated by the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) in the House of Commons in November. Voting takes place through ballot papers issues in schools and youth clubs throughout the UK and online. Please vote here!

Ten topics will be available to choose from on the Make Your Mark ballot paper, with the five most popular topics among young people going on to be discussed by Members of Youth Parliament in their November debate, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt. Hon. John Bercow MP, and broadcast live on BBC Parliament.

Last year’s Make Your Mark ballot saw nearly 950,000 young people voting, making it the largest youth consultation of its kind in the UK.

Sheffield Futures support UKYP to campaign on the biggest issues facing young people today. Sarah Stevens, Sheffield Futures Young People’s Participation and Development Manager said: “It’s so encouraging that more young people are getting engaged with the issues which affect them, are challenging these issues and making sure that action takes place.

UKYP campaign to ensure those who can make positive change hear young people’s voices. Make Your Mark ensures that all the top youth issues are raised in schools, to local MP’s and commissioners. We are very proud of all they have achieved.”

This year, young people will be asked to choose their top issue out of the following

  • Mental Health – Mental health services should be improved with young people’s help; and should be available in schools.
  • End Period Poverty – Sanitary products are an essential item. The Government and the NHS should make them free and accessible for all who need it.
  • Votes at 16 – Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote in all elections / referendums.
  • Put an end to Knife Crime – Too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime; the Government need to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic.
  • A curriculum to prepare us for life – Schools should cover topics like finance, sex and relationship education and politics.
  • Support Youth Services – Youth services help young people but in recent years they have been cut. Youth services need better financial support and security.
  • Equal Pay for Equal work – Give young people the same amount of pay, if they are doing the same work as adults in the same job.
  • Let’s tackle Homelessness – Every person should have a place to live and the opportunity to live comfortably. Let’s make it happen and put a stop to homelessness.
  • Transport – Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all.
  • Welcome Refugees – UK Everyone deserves the right to live without fear of death and persecution so we believe that refugees should be welcomed into communities in the 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.