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Lord Mayors Dinner fundraiser success!

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We were delighted to host the annual Lord Mayors Dinner on 15th March at The Silver Plate Restaurant. The dinner hosted by our ambassador BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards, raised an incredible £2425 in funds that will go towards the redevelopment of ground floor at Star House for our new health and wellbeing service for young people, Door43.

‘We are so thankful to all of our sponsors and supporters including our main sponsor Irwin Mitchell, Henry Boot, GB Boxing, Sheffield BID, Andrea Gillard Designs as well as SIV, Shift Media, Pet – Xi and B&B Press.’ Says Gail Gibbons.

‘Thank you for helping us to continue our provision of specialist support to the young people in Sheffield who need it most.’

Speaking at the event Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy said, ‘Sheffield Futures is a charity close to my heart as it provides such a broad range of essential support to children and young people in Sheffield.’

“Sheffield Futures offers safe spaces for young people at youth clubs and specialist one to one support for those at risk or in need, as well as the provision of opportunities for support into education and employment and making sure our youth voice is heard. Sheffield Futures provides essential services for our young people, worthy of the community’s charitable support.”

The Lord Mayor’s Dinner

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Introducing the #Nomineat challenge which is running January – March in support of money for life. We’d like to invite you to take part and provide us with a photograph, video or blog post of your meal costing less than £3 per head. Click here if you’d like to see an example by dippyeggplease. If you’re planning to get involved, just follow the four steps below! Don’t forget to tag us so we know you’ve taken part. If you’re aged between 16-25 you can also sign up to a free money master class in support of Money for Life – find out all the details here: http://bit.ly/nominEAT




Santa Stroll – a snowy success!

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We wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who made it to the Santa Stroll 2017! Despite the snow and ice, we headed out to Norfolk Arms, on Ringinglow Road for a festive stroll through Lady Canning’s Plantation, through the fields, and by the Mayfield Alpacas (narrowly dodging some fast-moving sledges along the way!)

Afterwards, we warmed up in the Norfolk Arms with hot drinks and mince pies.

All money raised from donations to participate in the Santa Stroll went towards our Christmas Wish List which we have now completed! You can see pictures of where your donations have gone on our post here!

We just wanted to say that we appreciate that the location wasn’t the easiest to get to but hope that everyone enjoyed it and that you’ll be able to join us again next year!

Santa Square

Christmas Wishes Granted

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As you may know, this year our festive fundraisers have been: Santa Stroll, star campaign, and our text to donate fundraiser (simply text SHEF43 £5 to 70070.) All proceeds have gone towards the Sheffield Futures Christmas Wish List! Any further donations are just as important to the young people we support and will be used to supply further services.

We’ve raised over our £489 target and have already seen some of the christmas wishes coming to life. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our fundraising this winter. It makes a huge difference!


Where have funds been distributed?



You can see some of the christmas wishes coming to life here!

  • Selection Boxes
  • Santa Stroll
  • Youth Cabinet
  • Santa Stroll
  • Staff Time
  • Santa Stroll
  • Art Supplies
  • Sheffield Futures Stars
  • Refreshments for Door 43

Our star campaign success

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Our star campaign is in its third year and has been the most successful yet thanks to the 20 local organisations that have supported us this year. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the companies that have supported us to deliver positive futures for young people including:

  • SIV
  • Wosskow Brown Foundation
  • Street Food Chef
  • Banner Plant Ltd
  • Wilson Field
  • The DL Company
  • Student Teaching
  • Steam Yard Coffee Co.
  • Keep Your Fork
  • Opus Independents
  • Studio Polpo
  • Hallam Land Management Ltd
  • PET X-i
  • Hallam Land Management Ltd
  • S3 ID Ltd
  • GB Boxing
  • Henry Boot Developments Ltd
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Henry Boot PLC
  • Irwin Mitchell

The money we’ve raised as a result of these kind donations will go towards the Christmas List items for young people in need across all of our services. You can find out more about The Christmas List here

Sheffield Futures partners with GB Boxing

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Today Sheffield Futures celebrates the beginning of an exciting partnership with GB Boxing.

GB Boxing, based at the English Institute of Sport, prepares and trains the boxers that compete for Great Britain at the Olympic Games.

The three year partnership will focus on the use of boxing as a tool to bolster Sheffield Futures’ community involvement work and to inspire Sheffield’s young people to achieve wider personal development through sport. There will also be a fundraising element to the partnership.

Sheffield Futures Community Youth Teams have seen the benefits boxing can bring to young people otherwise at risk of falling into risky antisocial behaviour, including:

  • Healthy eating and lifestyle: Maximising physical ability through nutrition and healthy lifestyle
  • Mental health: Feel good factor achieved through exercise and team sport
  • Social skills: Interaction and engagement which builds confidence and enjoyment in positive social interaction
  • Self-control & anger management: Self-control of skills and the ability to be mentally strong in exercising this
  • Self-defence and safety: Helping young people to deliver safe skills for self defence
  • Racism and homophobia: Discussion of legendary boxers that had been publicly victimised due to their race and the ethical implications
  • Gender: Conversations around the evolution in women’s boxing and its increasing popularity

Commenting on the partnership, Gail Gibbons, CEO at Sheffield Futures comments, ‘In our experience, boxing has been shown to be an instrumental sport for increasing confidence and self-esteem in young people as well as developing, health, social and communication skills, so this partnership is a natural fit for us.’

‘We’re so excited to have been chosen by GB Boxing as a charity partner and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to help even more young people through a sport which we know from experience, will resonate strongly with Sheffield’s young people.’

Matt Holt, Chief Executive, GB Boxing said: ‘GB Boxing has been based in Sheffield for 10 years now and we felt it was important for us to do something to support the city in the same way that it has supported us, so decided to established a partnership with a local charity.

‘We spoke to a range of organisations and the thing that impressed us most about Sheffield Futures was that the work it does is so aligned with the boxing and the social benefits the sport delivers.  Sheffield Futures is all about inspiring people, personal development through sport and giving every young person an opportunity to succeed, no matter how difficult their lives have been.  This reflects the experiences of many of our squad and is in-tune with the ethos of boxing and everyone at GB Boxing is very much looking forward to working with Sheffield Futures on a range of activities to spread the benefits of the sport to young people and communities across the city.’

Young people from Sheffield Futures and Empire Boxing were given the opportunity to launch the partnership with a visit to the GB Boxing training facility at EIS Sheffield. Many of the young people Sheffield Futures work with have not seen live sports before, let alone take a tour around the training facilities, met the athletes themselves and ask questions about how to take their own careers forward. We hope this will be the first visit of many!

James’ story

James, 17, from Sheffield was going down the wrong track, getting involved in anti-social behaviour and putting himself and others at risk until boxing helped set him on the right path towards a positive future.

‘Me and my mates were spending a lot of time hanging around on the streets and in local parks after school, getting up to no good as we were bored.’ he says. ‘We’d do stupid things like cause a mess and too much noise and we ended up drinking and smoking for something to do more than anything.’ he continues. ‘We’d often end up getting into fights between ourselves and with others, which I now see as really stupid, irresponsible and weak.’

James and his friends spent some time talking to a Community Youth Team worker at Sheffield Futures who introduced them to their local youth club. It was whilst at youth club that James was introduced to a boxing scheme that was being run to help young people learn the importance of discipline and self-control as well as get fit and healthy.

‘I was really excited about the thought of boxing.’ James decided to go along to the next group boxing activity to see how things were run and watch others get involved. ‘I was really encouraged by what I saw – I was expecting lots of really tough, seven foot men but what I saw wasn’t like this at all. There were women and men getting involved of all abilities, shapes and sizes. My mentor talked to us about boxing being about more than strength – that it was about exercising self-control and managing anger and aggression.’ ‘It made me think.’ he says.

James and a couple of his friends did have a go, in fact they’ve never looked back. ‘It’s opened a whole new world up to me he says. Somewhere to go and learn skills, it’s been great for me in terms of learning to respect my body, eating properly and not drinking.’

‘When you feel fit from exercise you don’t want to pollute your body with rubbish food and booze.’ In fact, the exercise made me feel so good, I didn’t need to drink or take drugs to alter my state of mind.’ Looking back I can see this.

‘But more than anything it’s helped me feel valued and confident and has given me the ability to control my aggression when I feel angry rather than lashing out and getting into trouble.’

‘I’d recommend getting involved in boxing to anyone who wants to feel better about themselves and gain self-control and confidence. It’s really changed my life.’

Brave cyclists ride for 24 hours to help local disadvantaged young people!

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Last week, Sheffield Futures supporters completed Mountain Mayhem, a 24-hour mountain bike challenge to raise funds, which will allow disadvantaged young people to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In the blistering heat, the team, made of Sheffield Futures staff and volunteers cycled from 12-12, with homemade helmet torches, around the picturesque Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, perhaps better known as Princess Anne’s house! Mountain Mayhem is the largest and most prestigious 24-hour mountain bike event in the world.

Shortly before the event, two of our five riders injured themselves in training and were unable to take part. At the time, rider Matt Cockrean said “with only three of us, it’s turned out even harder than we thought it would be, so all of your donations are very much appreciated.” The team were extraordinarily lucky that Sally Lee was able to join the team shortly before midnight on Saturday 17th July to help them out.

Alan Pashley, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Sheffield Manager said: “For every young person who starts their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award journey, there is another who doesn’t get that opportunity. At Sheffield Futures, we have been working hard over the last year supporting staff in their development in delivering the award, ensuring high standards of provision and greater involvement for all young people. Ensuring the availability of specialist resources in order that all young people can take an active part in our activities and we are delighted to report that this hard work is paying off.

The number of young people taking part and completing their award in increasing and many of Sheffield’s secondary schools, colleges and special schools deliver a DofE programme.

We are pleased to say that the number of disadvantaged young people undertaking the award is increasing including those currently not in education, employment and training, those in care, in receipt of pupil premium and those with special educational needs or disabilities. But we would like to help more disadvantaged young people to benefit from this opportunity, which is why we took part in Mountain Mayhem.”

Alan continued: “Young people have never needed a boost in their life and employment prospects more than they do today. It’s become a modern day cliché to say that we need to develop young people with employability skills for jobs that don’t yet exist. Citizenship, resilience, leadership and teamwork remain at the core of the skills required to have the best opportunities in life and we will continue to reflect this need.”

24 hours of peddling through mountainous terrain is a huge feat, so please give generously so that the young people of Sheffield can accomplish something fantastic and fulfil their potential! The team have currently raised £650 and you can help by donating here: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/mountainmayhem

You can have a look at how the team got on by looking at the video they made, here:


Lord Mayor Denise Fox hosts her first charity dinner!

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Sheffield Futures are proud to announce that they are the chosen charity for the first Lord Mayor’s Dinner. The dinner will take place on Thursday 30th March and the last few tickets are on sale now.

Hosted by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast Show Host, Paulette Edwards, the dinner will take place at The Silver Plate Restaurant at Sheffield College. The five-course meal will be cooked and served by students at the college and President of Sheffield’s Magic Circle, Andy Taylor, will provide entertainment.

Lord 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 is kindly sponsored by Irwin Mitchell in support of Sheffield Futures. All funds raised will go towards their work helping young people to achieve their full potential.

Tickets can be purchased by emailing: marketing@sheffieldfutures.org.uk. For more information about the dinner, please see our Fundraising page.

How to Run a Half Marathon

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Have you ever wanted to take on a huge physical challenge but thought it was practically impossible? Have you ever wanted to conquer the hills of Sheffield but not known how to approach them? Have you got a half marathon on your bucket list but no idea how to even start training? If this sounds like you, then we’re here to help with some training tips for beginners wanting to run the Yorkshire Half Marathon this April!

For the second time, Sheffield Futures staff, volunteers and supporters will be undertaking the lengthy, hilly Yorkshire Half Marathon and we’re not all in peak physical condition (naming no names!) so, perhaps just like you, we’ll be following these tips!

If you’d like to join our running team and help raise funds for our charity, then get in touch at Fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk We can even pay your joining fee, provide you with your very own Sheffield Futures running kit and help you with your fundraising!

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Training Tips On How to Run a Half Marathon for Beginners

Fantastically, if your long runs are just 5 kilometres long, you’re already on your way to training for a half marathon! While a half marathon may be 13.1 miles, more or less 3 times further than the 5 kilometres you can currently do, it’s definitely doable with training, confidence, persistence and pacing!

The Yorkshire Half Marathon is now ten weeks away, so take it one week at a time and you’ll be fine!

  1. Work out what your base is:

If you can already run 5k or even 10k, you’re in a great place to start! You’ll want to run at least 3 times a week, which thankfully won’t take over your life! Aim for 15 – 20 miles a week, but on your longer runs don’t aim to go as fast as you do on your shorter ones. Week day runs could be 30 minutes each, whereas your weekend run could be your longer one, aiming for at least 5 miles. It’s important to remember that you can take walking breaks too, depending on what your base level is.

  1. Pick a plan:

A quick google will provide you with many different training plans, ranging from 10 weeks to 16 weeks, from beginner to expert level. Pick the right one for you, established on your base level. If your plan suggests running every day but you know, deep down, you won’t do that, then it’s not right for you. Find a plan that matches your fitness. If the first run asks for 10 miles but your longest is 8, keep looking!

  1. Get a good playlist!

The right playlist is key! High tempo, up-beat songs will really help you and you can even get songs that match your exact running speed. If you’re putting together a list of songs, imagine yourself running as you listen. You’ll soon see if the pace of the song is faster, slower or just right for your own running pace. Once you’ve found the right one you can even search for more songs with the same beats per minute and create the entire playlist just for you!

  1. Quality over quantity

Your training plan will ask you to do both shorter and longer runs, so when you’re on a long one, make sure to focus on the quality of it. This will be similar to the actual race, so you need to make sure you’re fit, prepared and taking it in your stride. Target the long run! If you have to take walking breaks that’s absolutely fine, but try to maintain a steady pace and increase your long run by 1.5 miles each week until you can do 13 miles. A week or two before the race, you’ll want to make sure you can actually run the distance of the half marathon and not struggle.

  1. Research the route

We can’t lie. The Yorkshire Half Marathon is a hilly one! Think of the pride you’ll feel though once you’ve conquered the hill! If possible, try and train on the route. This will allow you to know exactly every turn, hill and curve of the route and you’ll feel more confident on race day. Scope out where the water stations will be along the race and the toilets too. If you’ve bought new shoes, make sure to train in them long in advance of race day. Sore feet is the last thing you want! You can find the route here. 

  1. Take it easy

Remember this tip. You don’t want to burn out too soon during your training. Rest days are just as important as running days! When training, you’ll burn more calories too so make sure to up your carb intake to keep you supplied with energy. When running, make sure to slow down or walk if you need to. You’re training for a half marathon so you’re definitely allowed to take it easy from time to time!

  1. Find your balance

A couple of weeks into your training, you’ll soon discover your own balance. This means when you’re running, you’ll know if and when you need to take walking breaks between paces, and you’ll also see when the best days to take breaks are too. If Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are best for you, stick to that. If a 45 minute run, followed by another 45 minute run and then a 20 minute run is your style, keep it up, adding a mile or so onto each run! This is your run, so do it the way you can want to!


Now it’s time to turn those tips into action! Good luck with your training. Enjoy it and you’ll feel a great sense of achievement when you’re done. A half marathon is something to be proud of, so get in touch and join our running team to help raise funds for the vulnerable young people of Sheffield!

Email Fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk to register your interest!


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.