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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 [email protected]

 

 

 

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.

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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.

Sheffield Futures joined Paul Blomfield MP for a Big Conversation

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Members of Sheffield’s Youth Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament joined young people at Sheffield Futures for a Big Conversation with Paul Blomfield MP. The Big Conversation is an annual community consultation with a variety of audiences.

On 22nd September, the Big Conversation came to Sheffield Futures on Division Street for a special event for young people aged 13 – 18. Deputy Member of Youth Parliament and chair of Youth Cabinet, Eleri Kirkpatrick, facilitated the event.

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The conversation tackled big issues such as racism and the school curriculum. One young person said: “We need a more diverse curriculum. Education can be the root of racism as we don’t understand different cultures and their contributions to society”. Other topics included LGBT people, discrimination and mental health. The young people expressed their concerns about how people with mental health issues aren’t taken seriously or considered ill unless they’re suicidal “Mental health is a spectrum. It’s not you’re completely okay or you need to be sectioned. Everyone deserves the opportunity to talk to someone and seek help”.

Eleri Kirkpatrick, Deputy Member of Youth Parliament said: “The Big Conversation is a great way for young people to speak honestly and directly about issues that are important to us with our local MP Paul Blomfield.”

Paul Blomfield MP said: Sex and relationship education, exam pressures, curriculum changes, mental health services are issues for young people. There are lots of issues to raise in Parliament.”

Help raise funds for Sheffield Futures

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Sheffield Futures is proud to announce we will be donning our trainers and sweatbands and taking part in the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K run.

The run will be taking place on 30th October 2016 and Sheffield Futures are calling our supporters to get involved and help fundraise for our charity.

If you’re anything like me and the thought of running (besides running for the bus) fills you with dread, worry not. Click here to download a variety of training plans that cater to all levels. To set you on your way, Sheffield Futures will be providing our amazing fundraisers with a complimentary Sheffield Futures running top, a sports water bottle and a Sheffield Futures sports bag.

If you or anyone you know might be interested in taking part to help raise money to support vulnerable young people across Sheffield and are 15 years of age and above, please email [email protected]. Sheffield Futures will happily reimburse your cost of entering the race (£ 27.82), if you manage to raise £60 or over.

As well as the huge sense of achievement you will feel after completing the race and raising money for young people’s futures, you will also receive a medal. What more could you ask for!

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.
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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.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/prizes-and-celebrations/celebrations/international-days/international-youth-day/

How young volunteers are transforming Sheffield’s communities

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Young volunteers from Sheffield Futures, are giving their time and energy at organisations around Sheffield to make positive changes in the community.

Sheffield Futures social action project, Sheffieldr, has enlisted young people aged between 11-19 who are enthusiastic to get involved with all projects big and small. Volunteering ensures positive change in the young people’s lives, as they gain valuable experience such as teamwork and life skills.

Benefits can also be felt in the wider community. Volunteering with Sheffield Futures has seen the young people paint a mural to represent diversity at Parson Cross Boxing Gym and has more recently seen a team of young volunteers restore life back to the gardens at Herdings Youth Club.

The young people volunteering at Herdings Youth Club garden heard about the project through Community Youth Team’s youth club at Woodthorpe. The group worked hard to tame the overgrown outdoor space and now have plans to revive the faded flower beds and introduce fruit and veg to the garden. Once the garden is complete, local primary schools will be invited to explore and tend to the gardens.

The Sheffield Futures youth social action projects oppose the often negative portrayal of young people today. Think tank, Demos analysed six UK newspapers over the past 10 years and found that the words most commonly associated with “teenagers”, “youth” and “young people” were “binge-drinking”, “yobs” and “crime”. The time that the young volunteers dedicate to each project at Sheffield Futures mirror recent national research conducted by Business in the Community. Statistics show that young people are using volunteering to further their career aims and gain new skills more than any other age group and 80% of employers value volunteering on a CV.

Volunteering in the community also gives the young people the chance to work as part of a team. The one-off volunteering projects are a great way for young people to see the positive change that they have made in one day. One young person said that they felt “very proud” of the difference that their work has made to Herdings Youth Club garden.

Another young person who volunteered with Sheffieldr explained that “It was nice to get involved in laying the foundation of the Mural in our boxing gym to enable us to take control and make it attractive.”

Sheffield Futures are always looking for young volunteers to get involved and organisations that may be in need of transforming a community space. It is a unique and exciting opportunity that will see young volunteers help organisations for free for one day events or over a couple of sessions.

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