Youth Clubs

What I like about Woodthorpe Youth Club #YWW17

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We asked young people who go to Woodthorpe Youth Club what they liked most about the club, to celebrate Youth Work Week 2017. This is what they told us!

They like….

  • SUPPORTIVE WORKERS!
  • Trips
  • Meeting new people
  • Making food
  • Listening to music
  • Good events
  • Safe environment
  • Nice atmosphere
  • Chilled/relaxed
  • Music!
  • Good opportunities
  • Supporting individuals when having issues/problems

Woohoo! Great job guys!

Our youth clubs run weekly (sometimes a couple of times a week) all over Sheffield. For more information, check out our Things To Do pages!

Volunteering at a youth club #YWW17

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Rachel Javed

By volunteer Rachel Javed

How many times have you heard someone refer to young people as “the future”? This idea is repeated across politics, in the media and from one generation to the next, and yet crucial social and educational structures are increasingly hard to access. As a result, our young people face the dilemma of being considered “the future” without necessarily receiving vital support for their own.
This is where I think the youth clubs across Sheffield really come into their own. I volunteer at one and my first impression of the club still stands: a supportive and safe environment where young people from all backgrounds can socialise and relax. I’m lucky enough to live in the same area as the centre and being able to contribute to my local community in a positive way was one of my main reasons for getting involved. I haven’t been there for that long yet, but as faces become more familiar, I’m enjoying getting to know such a vibrant bunch of people. Whether the evening entails hearing about how someone is getting on with a new college course, discussing music videos on YouTube or (as seems to happen remarkably often) getting mercilessly thrashed at pool, no two sessions are the same. It’s impossible to predict how these interactions might develop and as the weeks go by, I’m really looking forward to building on these relationships. Hopefully, as someone slightly older, I can become a trusted figure whom these young people feel comfortable approaching for a chat, advice, or to share some laughs as they make the often hard transition from childhood to adulthood.

Youth Work Week is the perfect time to learn a bit more about the services that Sheffield Futures provides. I look forward to my sessions immensely and while the focus is always on providing the young people with positive experiences, I must admit that I get a great deal out of the exchange too. To anyone considering getting involved with youth work, I say do it!

My journey as a youth worker #YWW17

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First and foremost let me introduce myself, my name is Nazmin Jahan and I am a youth worker based in Community Youth Teams West.

Let me answer a question I’ve been asked a numerous amount of times in the past: “how did you end up working with young people and why youth work?” 

Well, it all started on that fateful day I decided to walk into Star House by myself, after seeing a vacancy on the Sheffield Futures website for Youth Work Apprentices. At this point in my life I was an 18 year old young person, from a Bengali-Muslim background, who had just finished a long two years at sixth-form. I was not a very confident person to say the least, I was nervous about the littlest things for example, making phone calls, meeting new people and attending appointments.

Something I will always remember vividly is the careers interview I had the day I walked into Star House. I was a nervous wreck! It was my first time attending something I found on my own accord and something no one had spoon fed me. So, I’m waiting in the reception area, looking very lost, when a women approaches me and asks me if I am Nazmin, to which I respond yes. I am then led down the hall way (which felt like a very long walk). I am sat down and asked questions like what my grades are like and why I’m interested in the vacancy, I answer each question with a lot of thought.

After all the questions and my very thought-out answers, I am told to come in next week where I will start my ‘Step into Youth Work’ introduction at YASY. I am delighted, but I’ll admit Googling ‘what does a youth worker do?’ when I got home, and I don’t think I would still be able to answer that question and have a definitive definition nearly 7 years on.

That’s how it all started. I worked hard to overcome my anxieties: catching buses, working out where to go, breaking down barriers with young people so on and so forth (whilst also being a young person myself.)

I would not be where I am without the help of my colleagues. When I started I was astonished about the passion youth workers had, and how much experience others had. I was fully supported in all the areas of work I did. If I wanted to deliver a group work activity I was allowed, if I wanted to support a young person face to face I was given guidance and help. Without that support and encouragement I don’t think I would have made it to where I am today, or even be a part of this service.

Youth workers have amazing tool kits – it may differ from one to another but everyone will bring something different to the table. For me, interpersonal skills and being able to break down barriers is essential. It’s like carrying a tool kit with you wherever you go, but you are that toolkit. You use that when you want to; you use it when there is trouble in the youth club or to diffuse conflict, when you approach a group of young people for the first time on detached youth work.

Youth Work is something that will never age, it’s much needed. Working with young people of all ages, from different backgrounds and experiencing different things. You are that support mechanism and that one thing they may look forward to, even if it is one day a week.

Looking back at myself as an 18 year old, I am appreciative of everyone who encouraged and supported me and yes, youth worked me.

National Youth Work Week: Sheffield Futures celebrates its committed youth workers #YWW17

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It’s National Youth Work Week, time to celebrate the great outcomes for young people delivered by our dedicated and passionate staff here at Sheffield Futures.

Over the past ten years, youth services have undergone massive change. Swinging cuts have reduced the local authority youth offer. Yet whilst youth services are taking a battering, the need for good youth work has not gone away. And despite huge uncertainty our dedicated, committed youth workers continue to deliver creative provision that has positive outcomes for young people.

Recent events have also focused politicians and policy makers on young people’s vulnerability to grooming and radicalisation, and the role of youth work in supporting vulnerable young people and reporting safeguarding concerns at an early stage is once again being discussed.

So, youth services are as vital as ever to young people. At their most basic they provide a place for young people to go and something for them to do. But with the involvement of skilled youth workers they can be much more; contributing to young people’s social and emotional development, helping them feel more confident, understand themselves and other people, and become resilient, responsible citizens.

At Sheffield Futures our approach involves a focus on personal and social development. We encourage young people and communities to develop essential skills that will enable them to navigate their way through life. We nurture increased aspirations whilst improving resilience to ensure participants avoid risky behaviours and stay safe.

Commenting on why youth work is so important and what inspired her to do the role, Lucy Metcalfe, Community Youth Team Youth Worker says, ‘Young people are the future generation. I believe it’s important to invest in their future and help them to grow. I want to help to empower them to be the best they can be. Young people have a lot of issues to contend with and are all unique.’

For me, being young was the hardest time of my life. I got through and was able to progress in my life due to having a lot of support from youth workers. Due to this, I realised how essential this was to my growth and development. This allowed me to move forward positively in life. I wanted to do the same for young people and be somebody they could talk to and try and help them through issues they may be facing as I had a difficult time and was somebody they maybe could relate to. I believe all young people should have the same chance in life and aspire to be somebody who can help them overcome issues that are holding them back and making their journey a little rough.’ She continues.

We asked young people at our youth club at Com.Unity what they like most about their youth club. This is what they said:

  • Youth Workers ALWAYS support us when there is something wrong
  • I like that people make an effort to come to the youth club every week!
  • Offers activities for in the school holidays
  • Opportunities
  • Lots of positive energy
  • Gets you out of the house
  • Group activities on the field: rounders, cricket, football, frisbee, boules
  • Gives you something to do
  • There is always someone to talk to
  • Learning new skills: pool, boxing, PS4, ping pong
  • Careers advice – CV support
  • Free snacks at tuck shop

Lee Raven, Youth Worker at Sheffield Futures says ‘Firstly, I feel truly blessed to be a youth worker. It is a job full of challenges from young people. The skill of youth work is being able to work with any young person, at their pace, starting where they’re at, at that time. The art of youth work is enabling young people to achieve, enjoy and make a difference. The beauty of youth work is seeing the development of a young person, which can happen right in front of your eyes but also years later when you see a young adult who has progressed in their life.’

Councillor Mark Jones will be visiting Earl Marshall Youth Club, Owler Lane on Thursday 9th and Councillor Dawn Dale will be visiting is Shiregreen Youth Club, Westnall Rd on Friday 10th November.

 

What I like about my youth club #YWW17

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It’s Youth Work Week (#YWW17) and we asked young people at our youth club at Com.Unity what they like most about their youth club. This is what they said:

  • Youth Workers ALWAYS support us when there is something wrong
  • Play ping pong!
  • I like that people make an effort to come to the youth club every week!
  • Offers activities for in the school holidays
  • Opportunities
  • Lots of positive energy
  • Gets you out the house
  • Group activities on the field: rounders, cricket, football, frisbee, boules
  • Gives you something to do
  • There is always someone to talk to
  • Learning new skills: pool, boxing, PS4, ping pong
  • Careers advice – CV support
  • Free snacks at tuck shop!

We only asked for ten and they couldn’t stop!

Raps, poems and real life stories

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We are looking for raps, poems and real life stories from young people aged 14-25 for Youth Word Up.

As part of Off the Shelf festival of words, Hive South Yorkshire are running their annual event: Youth Word Up – young people’s poetry, raps and real life stories. This is your chance to get involved. Book a one to one session with a professional writer today! Simply email: [email protected]

You don’t have to write to take part, you can just tell your story, or record it anonymously. If you do want to be more involved, you could read your work at the Youth Word Up event, headlined by a top spoken word artist on Thursday 26th October.

Our impact on people in Sheffield City Region

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Sheffield Futures has proudly launched their annual Impact Report, demonstrating the ways in which thousands of people are benefitting from their services across the city.

The report for 2016/17 documents Sheffield Futures impact on young people, including supporting 3827 young people through one-to-one interventions and running 54 youth club sessions per week across Sheffield. The charity has presented 369 young people with Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and supported 816 young people to improve their attitude towards school. Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service have provided Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness training to 1093 young people in schools across the city region.

The charity provides mentoring and specialist support to those who need it most in the region. Sheffield Futures provide support and activities to help steer young people towards a more positive future, one in which they can fulfil their full potential in learning, employment and life.

The report was launched at Sheffield Futures Showcase Event on 18th July at the Workstation. At the event, four videos were shown, demonstrating how all Sheffield Futures services provide support to local people in four key areas: improved social skills, life skills and independence; enabling community participation and belonging; meaningful progression in education, employment and training and improved health and wellbeing.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Anne Murphy, launched the Showcase Event said: “Sheffield Futures have a huge impact on the lives of young people and communities in Sheffield. Today’s communities face many challenges and Sheffield Futures work is vital to helping local people overcome the barriers to success.”

Olympian, and Sheffield Futures Ambassador, Bryony Page, attended the event as well as Sheffield Young Advisors who were part of a “youth takeover” of all Sheffield Futures social media accounts. One young person on the Talent Match programme, Laura, told her story, from homelessness through to successfully sustaining employment. Young Advisor, Jess Chittenden, recorded a video where she talks about how Sheffield Futures have helped her to gain confidence and to become the person she is today.

The Impact Report 2016/17 is available on the Sheffield Futures website: https://www.sheffieldfutures.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Impact-Report-201617-small.pdf

International Youth Day – 11th August!

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Join us as we celebrate International Youth Day on 11th August at 1pm – 4pm at Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, S5 6AE

Fun for everyone: gym access, cricket, bouncy castle, football tournament, face painting, demonstrations, DJ workshops, sports activities, henna, nail painting and loads more!

The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is peace.

International Youth Day 2017 is dedicated to celebrating young people’s contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.

IYD Poster

We would like to thank SIV for their kind support with this event, which would not be possible without them!

10 things I like about my youth club

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We asked the young people at Millan Centre, one of our Community Youth Teams clubs, what they like about coming there and this is their list:

  1. It’s a good place to spend time
  2. It provides me with a place to come
  3. We discuss different topics every week
  4. The information you give us is beneficial
  5. We can burn off our energy
  6. We can be ourselves
  7. We don’t have to be something we’re not
  8. We do activities like henna and pool
  9. We meet new people
  10. It gives us information about safe sex

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Success for Sheffield’s youth election as voters turn out in their thousands

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Young people across Sheffield voted to decide who will be elected to join Sheffield Youth Cabinet, to voice their issues and concerns on a local, regional and national level. 2017 has been the most successful year for local young people voting in the Youth Cabinet Elections, with a total of 11,581 votes!

All over Sheffield, schools and youth clubs have been promoting the Youth Cabinet Elections, with posters advertising the school’s candidates as well as proud parents tweeting support on Twitter!

Birkdale School said: “Our lower school assembly handled the topic of democracy and we all voted [in the Youth Cabinet Elections this February.]”

Handsworth Grange said: “Pupils will be voting and showing their support. Good luck to our own Fozia Sultana.”

The candidates presented their manifestos in early February, which included their policies on important issues such as mental health, cheaper transport and a curriculum to prepare young people for life as well as other concerns.

The Elections announcement took place at Sheffield Town Hall and celebrated the achievements of the previous Youth Cabinet Members since they began their posts in 2015. Exiting members told of how they met with Members of Parliament and discussed the local issues they championed, which were then raised in the Houses of Parliament.

Lare Fergie said: “The past few years have been truly wonderful, and it has been an honour to represent the young people of Sheffield. One thing that has really stood out to me is that we can make a real difference.

Back when I was first elected, I had very little experience politically; I attended protests and was incredibly passionate about what I believed in. But since then I’ve managed to make some very real changes. I’m currently working for the Royal College of Psychiatrists alongside NHS England, writing pioneering policy, and pathways. I’ve spoken at countless conferences, to commissioning groups, and politicians. I’ve done TV, radio and newspaper interviews raising awareness of mental health problems… The list could go on.”

The group wished the new candidates well as they started their term in office.

Certificates were presented to the group for their achievements over the last year and each member was congratulated by Sue Mia, former Involvement Worker at Sheffield Futures who retired in March 2016. Sue said: “One of the best things about being a youth worker is seeing young people blossom, learn to have their say and I’m sure you will all go on to be a great success.”

MP Gill Furniss welcomed the event, saying: “Becoming a Youth Councillor will give you the confidence to speak on behalf of all young people in Sheffield. That confidence will help you to work with MPs and make a difference on a national scale. I’m so pleased that many young people have voted in this election and it is important that you all vote, and have your say in the future. Hopefully we will see you on the Council soon and in Parliament after that!”

The new Sheffield Youth Cabinet for 2017 – 2019 are:

Elected Youth Councillors for West Sheffield are; Arman (King Edwards VII School), Benjamin (Tapton School), Ismail (High Storrs School), Lara (Tapton School), Luke (King Edwards VII School), Rebecca (Tapton School) and Sam (Tapton School).

Successful Youth Councillors representing East Sheffield are; Abbi (Park Academy), Fozia (Handsworth Grange Community Sports College), Kate (Outwood Academy), Sapha and Shauna.

Elected Youth Councillors for North Sheffield are; Aisha, Jennifer (Hinde House), Joanna (Firth Park Academy), Leo (Yewlands Academy) and Megan (Ecclesfield School)

Lara Fergie, Youth Councillor for East Sheffield delivered a closing speech and thanked the participants for all of their hard work, saying: “Events like this give me hope that young people really do have a voice and I’m excited to see what we can achieve in the next two years.”

The schools which participated in the voting process also received accolades. Schools were given a Democracy Award for their achievements with the Bronze award for 50% or more students voting, going to Park Academy, Newfield School and Stocksbridge High School.

Over 70% or more of students at the following schools voted, earning the schools the Silver award: Birley Community College, High Storrs School, Meadowhead School, Chaucer School and Hinde House.

Yewlands Academy received votes from 100% students, earning the school the only Gold award.

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