Youth Clubs

A Day in the Life of a Youth Worker – Ellie’s Story

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First things first I think it’s fair to say that no two days in the life of a youth worker are the same.

The practical side of a day in the life consists of a bit of paperwork and admin to ensure that records and outcomes are up to date, but the meaningful part and the reason that we all do what we do changes not only day to day or hour by hour, but young person to young person and the tell-tale sign of a good youth worker means that their approach will changes to ensure that each young person’s needs are being met in that instant.

Those needs will vary; and you will find yourself giving emotional support in relation to various issues, to giving practical support in terms of looking at education post 16, or strategies to cope with mental health in an instant. Your support will take the form of 1:1 sessions with more vulnerable young people, to group work sessions around different curriculum topics within a youth club setting as well as becoming an expert pool and table tennis player to ensure that each young person’s experience of being youth worked is a positive one. You will even find yourself walking the streets in the cold and rain, trying to find out why young people would rather be there, than in a safe, dry environment like a youth club.

You will find yourself managing behaviour and diffusing conflict between friendship groups and relationships within a youth centre as well as making sure that equipment and the building are suitable for the young people you are working with at that time, and finally you will find yourself rapidly becoming a Masterchef as a sure fire way of engaging young people is through their belly.

In short a youth worker is truly a Jack of all trades and master of ALL, each day youth workers must be prepared to think on their feet and make split second decisions with the interests of each young person at heart, as it is their privilege to be a part of that young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood and be a positive role model and supporting influence that will be remembered by each young person they have worked with long after they have reached adulthood.

Sheffield Futures celebrate International Youth Day

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Young people are celebrated around the world every year on 12 August, which marks International Youth Day. Here at Sheffield Futures, we couldn’t miss the chance to get involved, as putting young people at the forefront of positive change is what we’re all about.

We held our very own International Youth Day in Sheffield’s Amphitheatre, which saw young people and the Sheffield Futures team being bucked off broncos, scoring some impressive goals, an intense game of tug-o-war and much more.

The weather was perfect. The sun was shining and the stunning backdrop of Sheffield’s city centre landscape made for the perfect location. The day was chiefly organised by the Sheffield Futures Community Youth Team (CYT) who work with young people aged 8-19 who need extra support to help them make the most of their lives. Broadcast station Sheffield Live even popped down to the event and spoke to Joanne Holt, our North CYT Manager.

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We would like to thank everyone that made it down to the event, especially the young people who put our staff to shame when it came to most of the games, the lemon challenge in particular!

What is International Youth Day All About?

Created in 2000 by the United Nations, International Youth Day focuses on celebrating the energy, initiatives and the imagination of young people.

This year’s focus was “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production.” It centered around putting the emphasis on young people as a source of change and how young people can ensure poverty eradication and achieve sustainable development in the future, through sustainable consumption and production.

If you would like to find out more about International Youth Day, please follow the links.

Young people with special educational needs win trip to the British Science Museum

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Sheffield Futures has secured a £500 grant to take 33 young people with special educational needs and disabilities to the British Science Museum as part of British Science Week.

Competition was tough with the British Science Week 2016 Community Grant Scheme receiving 218 applications for just 50 grants.

The trip took place on Saturday 19th March and was the final activity as part of a month-long project, which started in February, to raise awareness of careers and study opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

We run three specialist youth clubs for young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and disabilities who meet weekly and engage in learning activities.

One of the main aims of the groups is to focus on the young people’s futures and potential education, employment and training opportunities. This unique project will offer them the chance to think about a career in scientific subjects. The trip will also be a valuable social experience for the group and for many will be their first visit to London.

The trip will be evaluated to find out what the young people have learned and to inform planning for similar future activities for this group.

Louise Ellison, Community Youth Team Manager for the West of Sheffield, will be travelling to London with the group. She said: “The group of young people will have an opportunity for informal learning in an engaging and fun environment with the support of peers and trusted, experienced youth workers. This is an exciting opportunity for young people who would not normally get the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital.”

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