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The Lord Mayor’s Dinner raises a fantastic £700 for local youth charity

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Lord Mayor, Denise Fox, hosted her first charity dinner ‘The Lord Mayor’s Dinner’ on 30th March at Sheffield College’s restaurant The Silver Plate.

Local youth charity Sheffield Futures were proud to be the chosen charity for the event, which was attended by guests from Irwin Mitchell, Henry Boot, University of Sheffield, Pet-Xi, Sheffield City Councillors and more. The dinner raised a fantastic £700 to support Sheffield Futures to help young people to achieve their full potential.

The five-course meal at The Silver Plate Restaurant was cooked and served by students at Sheffield City College and the guests were full of praise for the food and professional service. Peter Bacon, Senior Relationship Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland said: “It was a great event with superb food and the college students did themselves proud.”

BBC Radio Sheffield’s morning show host, Paulette Edwards, joined the Lord Mayor and Sheffield Futures Operation’s Manager, Lynne Hilson to speak at the dinner.

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Laurence Gavin, Partner at Irwin Mitchell, said: “We all enjoyed the dinner immensely and we are delighted to be working closely with an organisation which does so much for young people in Sheffield.”

Attendees made pledges to help Sheffield Futures; with some offering time to give careers advice or to encourage young people in to a career they had not considered and others pledged to become an Ambassador for the youth charity.

Guests were wowed by local magician, and the President of Sheffield Magic Circle, Andy Taylor, who made playing cards move on their own, 20 pence coins bend, and diamond rings disappear and then reappear in the centre of a kiwi fruit!

WORDPRESS GV3A0352Lord Mayor Denise Fox said: “I hope that Sheffield Futures can continue getting funding to do the things that they are good at like prevention and engagement and being out there with the young people. Visiting a couple of the Sheffield Futures youth clubs opened my eyes because there were over 100 people there. The fact that so many young people had somewhere to go meant a lot to me because it means they’re not out on the streets being exposed to risks. I do think children are our future and we need to get it right.”

The Lord Mayor’s Dinner was kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell in support of Sheffield Futures.

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Sheffield Futures Set to Provide Groundbreaking New Domestic Abuse Service

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Sheffield Futures is pleased to announce they have been awarded a safeguarding grant from the Department of Education, which will ensure that young people in low to medium risk cases of negative and abusive relationships will get the support they need.

Research conducted by Young Women Against Violence Empowered showed that there was a gap in services for young people aged 16 and 17 and more preventative work with low to medium risk cases of domestic abuse would in turn reduce the amount of young people becoming high risk.

As a youth charity, Sheffield Futures aims to be available to all young people in the local area, whatever their situation may be. The funding from the Department of Education will enable Sheffield Futures to employ two specialist Domestic Abuse Youth Workers and a Domestic Abuse Trainer. The Youth Workers will work directly with young people who are at risk or involved in negative or abusive relationships and deliver one to one support and group work interventions at secondary schools. The Domestic Abuse Trainer will deliver training to practitioners, which would broaden understanding in relation to the complexity and situational peer on peer abuse.

The grant has been awarded as part of Sheffield Futures domestic abuse pilot project, which will test new ways of supporting young people to ensure that they are given help in identifying negative relationships. The Youth Workers will work closely with Sheffield Futures Community Youth Teams and a range of agencies, as well as with young people’s families to help support and empower young people to make positive life choices.

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.

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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  

 

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.
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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.