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What’s on at Sheffield Futures?

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Have you left School or College? are aged 16-18 years old and Not in Education, Employment or Training?

Then Sheffield Futures can help you by providing information and advice on:

  • Employability support i.e. application forms, CV’s and  interview techniques
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work-Based Learning opportunities
  • Vacancies
  • Benefits  Advice for Under 18’s

We can offer you a drop-in service at Star House – just call into Star House any weekday between these times:  Mon – Thurs: 9.00am-5.00pm; and Fridays: 10.00am-4.00pm.  Please ring first to check availability.

In addition:

MONDAY 

  • Adult Job Club (for adults 19+) 10am – 1pm at Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Drop in Sessions for 14-24 year olds – 4pm – 6pm on a Monday. We can offer support with enrolling, activity choices and recording your Duke of Edinburgh award. Call 0114 201 201 2804 for an appointment at Star House any weekday between these times: Mon – Thurs: 9am-5pm; or attend the drop in session 4-6pm on a Monday.

TUESDAY 

  • Adult Job Club (for adults 19+) 10am – 1pm at Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE
  • Sexual Health Clinic for Young People, with Youth Worker 3.30pm – 5.30pm (Emergency contraception, contraceptive pills, STI screening, info and advice, pregnancy testing and condoms) (NB: Please ring 201 2800 to check this is running, alternatively please use the service at the Hallamshire Hospital – Tel 2268888).
  • Door43 Wellbeing Café 5pm to 7pm. Door43 is a new Youth Information, Advice & Counselling Service (YIACS) based at Sheffield Futures. We offer holistic emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 13-25 in Sheffield. ®

WEDNESDAY 

  • Adult Job Club (for adults 19+) 10am – 1pm at Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY 27th

  • Sexual Health Drop-in for Young People with Youth Worker 9.30 – 12.30pm (STI screening, info and advice, pregnancy testing and condoms). (NB: Please ring to confirm this is running)
  • Alternatively there is a Saturday Clinic at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital running 10.00am-12.30pm, both walk in slots and appointments are available. Their telephone number is (0114) 226 8888. (Emergency contraception, contraceptive pills, STI screening, info and advice, pregnancy testing and condoms)

Please note that times and availability of staff are subject to change, so it’s always best to call beforehand on 0114 201 2800

 

 

 

 

Mid-Season REVISION TIPS!

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It’s nearly halfway through the exam season. The early nerves might have worn off but the end isn’t yet in sight and it can be a struggle to keep yourself motivated. So here’s a recap on those revision tips:

  • Mix it up. Instead of reading the same notes over and over, use flash cards, past papers, mind maps, quizzes, post-it notes or study videos. Switch between subjects to keep off the boredom.
  • Take short, regular breaks. The usual advice is that your brain needs a rest every 45 minutes. Try and step away from the computer or your phone; you can tell yourself that game will only take ten minutes but it won’t, will it? Go and talk to someone face-to-face or take a walk instead.
  • Drink water and eat healthy snacks to keep your brain sharp.
  • Sometimes revising with a friend can be helpful. Just make sure you don’t distract each other!
  • Concentrate on understanding rather than just memorising.
  • A little every day is more effective than last minute cramming.

Left it late?

  • Don’t give up. However little time you have left, you can still do something about it.
  • Don’t waste time kicking yourself for all the things you haven’t done. Keep calm and make a plan.
  • Decide on the priorities. What are your key subjects? Are there any you particularly need or where you’re on the edge of a good grade but not quite there? What are the most important topics for each subject?

The night before

  • Get together everything you’re going to need e.g. plenty of spare pens and pencils, calculator where allowed, water bottle (check the rules: normally see-through with no labels).
  • Don’t stay up late cramming. Have an early night instead.

On the day

  • Don’t worry about feeling nervous – everyone is, even if they don’t look it. A little stress can help motivate you.
  • Eat breakfast – your brain needs feeding.
  • When the exam starts, read through all the instructions and all the questions carefully.
  • If your mind goes blank, move on to the next question and come back to it later. Remember to breathe!
  • Answer the questions you’ve been set, not the ones you were hoping for.
  • Make sure you give yourself enough time for every question and keep an eye on the clock.
  • If you finish early, go over all your answers.

Afterwards

  • If you come out and realise you’ve made a mistake, don’t keep going over it but work out what you can learn from it for the next time.

If you need help at results time, we’re here! Your careers adviser may be in school on the day.

You can call into Star House for help with looking for jobs and apprenticeships: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-4.30pm.
Friday 10.00am-4.00pm.

If you need careers advice, ring on the day to check when an adviser is available.

Good luck and have a great summer!

National Careers Week 5-9 March!

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At Sheffield Futures, we never miss an opportunity to help you to get to where you want to be. On National Careers Week, we’re hosting four events to help you get your CV in shape, look at your options, find out more about local employers and the fantastic opportunities in Sheffield and the chance to think about your future.

Please join us at Sheffield Futures, Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE on National Careers Week!

 

CV Clinic on Monday 5th March 2pm – 4pm

Call in to find out what makes a great CV that’s going to get you the job and career you need. An Advisor will be on hand to give help, advice and prompts to improve your CV or help you to start to create on.

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National Careers Week Wellbeing Cafe on Tuesday 6th March 5pm – 7pm

Door43 are hosting a special Wellbeing Cafe with Sheffield Futures Ambassador, sports journalist Liz Byrnes and Really NEET Project’s Sophie Maxwell. These two inspirational women will be talking about their careers and running a short workshop afterwards.

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Options Drop-In on Wednesday 7th March 2pm – 4pm

Call into Sheffield Futures to find out what’s hot and what’s not in terms of local jobs. Find out what employers are looking for and what jobs are on offer in your local area.

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Inspiring the Future’s Engineers on Thursday 8th March 11am

An interactive workshop with Tom Reynolds, Design Engineer at Gripple

Think like a design engineer. Bringing design engineering to life. Discover the career possibilities. What problems could you solve?

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Choose Your Future on Friday 9th March 2pm – 4pm

Come along to speak with staff around your career options and your career choices. We have plenty of information on offer around any area of work or career you fancy.

Doing Good Business – South Yorkshire

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Joanne’s Story

Joanne came to Coalfields Regeneration Trust coach club at Adversely, St Helen’s Church where she registered for the Doing Good Business support service. Joanne has a lot of experience working in the catering and hospitality sector however a lack of basic IT and application and search skills presented a barrier to her finding work. A lack of these skills made it almost impossible to put into action what Job Centre Plus wanted Joanne to do to find work.

‘It was so frustrating’ says Joanne. ‘I have loads of experience in catering and know exactly what I am doing but it was like I needed to jump through an impossible hoop to get my foot in the door for an interview.’ She continues.

Through Doing Good Business, Joanne got one-to-one support for her job hunt and support for the first month in work. She was able to access a coach club where she could gain these skills herself for example, understanding what a covering letter was and how to search for vacancies and apply direct online.

With this support, Joanne secured two interviews with employers and was given guidance with interview research and techniques, including how to pre-empt questions and to conduct an interview situation. Joanne was successful in securing a café position with Barnsley College and started work on 3/10/2017.

‘Without the support provided by Doing Good Business coach clubs none of this would have been possible.  This is a very valuable service and I recommend Doing Good Business to anyone in need of support with getting into the working world again. Without these sessions and one to one advice I wouldn’t be working now or have progressed with my Job search in the way I have today”. Joanne says.

‘I am so grateful and thankful.’ She continues.


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

Good news from Doing Good Business!

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Charlotte’s Story

After Charlotte had her two boys, as all new parents are she was run off her feet without a minute to spare in the day but at the back of her mind she wanted to stage a return to paid employment.

Like all new parents, the challenge of balancing earning an income and caring for her children meant Charlotte needed a role which would fit around her care responsibilities. ‘I’d always had an interest in beauty treatments and having done work successfully on the nails of friends and family, I decided it might be a good idea to set up my own business doing that.’ She says.

‘I was really nervous about losing the stability of my benefits though but really wanted to earn my own living.’ She continues.

Charlotte was introduced to Paul Davies from the Doing Good Business programme by the Jobcentre who worked with her on producing a viable business plan which was also used to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance which helped bridge the gap whilst she was setting up in business. Doing Good Business also paid for Charlotte to go on a High Definition Brows course to expand her range of services and she completed a Social Media workshop which has helped enormously with the promotion of her business.

Lottie’s Designer Nails is up and running in Chesterfield, redesigning customers’ nails and producing beautiful brows and lashes. ‘I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Doing Good Business. Paul was immensely helpful in preparing me for what I needed to do in order to apply for the New Enterprise Allowance scheme, which I genuinely wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. He is very encouraging, supportive and informative with nothing being too much trouble.’ She says.

You can find Lottie’s Designer Nails at www.lottiesdesignernails.co.uk and on her Facebook page @lottiedesignernails 


Stuart’s Story

Stuart had not worked for over five years due to illness. Hampered by physical limitations which meant that he would struggle to fit in with a 9-to-5 work pattern but very much focussed on a return to work, Stuart felt unsure about where to turn next.

‘I had developed good woodworking skills and wondered whether it would be possible to turn my skills into a small business as this would give me the flexibility I needed.’ Stuart says.

Stuart was referred to Doing Good Business by the Jobcentre. With his coach Paul Davies, he soon drew up a development plan. Paul and Stuart met regularly at Stuart’s home as he had no transport at the time, and worked on producing a business plan and cash flow forecast developing his sales and marketing skills, and understanding the legal issues around running a business.

‘It was so much more straightforward than I had imagined,’ says Stuart. ‘The support from Paul in helping me secure premises as well as understand and set up some of the business processes has been invaluable. I’m now making and selling items of furniture, as well as small gift items. I’ve even taken on some contract work fitting out a shop for a friend of a friend.’

The process of meeting regularly, setting goals and reviewing progress and dealing with specific training needs enabled Stuart to keep focussed on what he wanted to achieve, and helped to build his confidence. ‘I honestly do not know what I would have done If I hadn’t contacted the Doing Good Business programme. A massive thank you for your past and on-going support.’ He says.

You can find Stuart’s business at www.rusticfurnitureuk.co.uk or via his Facebook page, @SJ-Upcycling.


Yvonne’s Story

After a need to relocate to Chesterfield left Yvonne Genas frustrated with an unsuccessful job hunt, she turned to her great passion, Jamaican food. ‘I’ve always loved Jamaican food and am passionate about cooking.’ Says Yvonne. ‘I dreamed about opening a restaurant or take –away but knew this may be too much as a first step.’ She continues.

Yvonne decided to set up a Jamaican food delivery service based from her home and approached Paul Davies of the Doing Good Business programme for help as she knew that there was a lot that she needed to learn about running a business, but wasn’t sure what.

Over the next few months Yvonne produced menus, a cashflow forecast, spoke to the council and had her kitchen inspected and began looking at how to market the business. Paul introduced her to a local community hub where she ran a pop-up restaurant, and Yvonne began running a stall at a local food market. She also attended a social media workshop organised by the programme which helped with her promotion.

The business is now up and running with a growing, loyal customer base. Yvonne takes and cooks the orders and her partner Tony delivers them. She has also run two restaurant events at a local pub, both of which were sold out.

‘When I first decided to start up my business, I had no idea about all it would entail. When I started meeting with Paul I didn’t feel that confident about the things I needed to think about, certain things that needed to be done.’ She says.

‘I don’t know what I would have done without his advice, and continued support.’

You can find Yvonne’s Paradise Kitchen on her Facebook page:
 @Yvonnes-Paradise-Kitchen


Joe’s Story

Joe had always dreamed of being able to develop a new food business that offered fast take away food with healthy options at affordable prices delivered with a smile! So he set up Gothic Bites.

After securing a regular pitch on Shirebrook Market Square, I tapped into my local network to gain invites to other sites and special events including dog shows, charity days, bike rallies and fishing competitions.’ Says Joe. ‘Although I had my van and business underway I realised it was time to get some help on the business side of things.’

That’s when Joe decided to look for help from Doing Good Business programme. The Doing Good Business programme has helped Joe by giving his the knowledge and skills to promote the business as well as a listening and friendly ear to talk through what needs to be done. ‘Getting help from Doing Good Business really helped me with the running of the business and made sure I was doing my books right.’ He says. ‘Knowing I had this side of things in order, made it so much easier for me to get on with getting my business going and delivering excellent customer service.’ He continues.

Having this support and being able to focus on delivering his product to his customers has meant Joe has already gained a 5-star hygiene certificate from Bolsover District Council.

‘I’d recommend Doing Good Business to anyone who has a business idea but isn’t sure about whether it’s viable or isn’t sure about how to take it forward and needs some advice.’ He says.


Lee’s Story

Lee had been made redundant and decided that he wanted to turn his hobby as a drone pilot into a business. Lee already had his equipment, was licensed and insured, and was also approved by the Civil Aviation Authority with the Permission for Commercial Operations (PFCO) permit to fly commercially both indoors and outdoors in the UK.

Lee’s license and insurance was certainly a head start, but he needed assistance to fully set up his business. Lee received help from Doing Good Business to deal with his biggest worry, making sure his taxes were correct. ‘When you’re in work that all gets done for you. You need to get this right, there are no grey areas,’ he says.

Lee says ‘Starting up a business can be a roller coaster of emotions; great when things are flying but worrying when business slows down.’

Doing Good Business were able to provide one-to-one support to Lee to make sure that his business stayed on track. One of Lee’s tips when starting out is to make sure you have a bit of money behind you. Unless you are very lucky a business is slow to start and you have to spend at least a bit of money when you begin for things like business cards.

Lee’s drone business is going from strength to strength and you can see some of the great drone photographs and videos on his website.

Viewing the world from a different angle has lots of uses, including promotional, event and wedding videos and photographs. Drones can also save businesses a lot of money on technical work such as inspecting buildings, roofing and guttering – it’s far cheaper then sending someone up in a cherry picker and you have a permanent record of the inspection you can share. Lee has done a lot of work for estate agents, developers and recently carried out an inspection of a derelict church in Hull!


Doing Good Business is funded by Big Lottery and the European Social Fund.

FREE Business Start Up Day

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Not currently working? Thinking about working for yourself? JOIN US FOR OUR FREE BUSINESS START UP DAY!

You can:

  • Listen to inspirational and entertaining speaker Tony Robinson OBE explain what it is really like running your own business
  • Meet people who’ve been there, done it and are happy to give you tips
  • Talk to professionals about finances, sales, marketing, social media and anything else you need to know
  • Have a free lunch provided by a choice of three successful new catering businesses and also free childcare at the venue

You’ll also be able to find out more about the Doing Good Business programme, giving you help and support when and where you want it.

This is a free event, you just need to register your place on Eventbrite. 


Doing Good Business is a programme for people looking to start their own business across Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales. We provide one-to-one coaching support for adults seeking employment. This support is offered at their own pace, to fit in with their lives. We can help to make business ideas a success and support clients to remove any barriers. We will:

  • Help clients to explore the potential of becoming self employed
  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Support to manage personal circumstances
  • Enable clients to develop their skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet their needs.

Star House Christmas Opening Times

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To everyone who accesses services at Star House, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Our opening times over the Christmas week will be:

Friday 22nd December; 8.30am – 2pm

Saturday 23rd December; CLOSED

Monday 25th December; CLOSED

Tuesday 26th December; CLOSED

Wednesday 27th December; 9am – 5pm

Thursday 28th December; 9am – 5pm

Friday 29th December; 9am – 5pm

Saturday 30th December; CLOSED

Monday 1st January; CLOSED

…then we’re back to our normal opening hours.

 

Call: 0114 201 2800 or Email: enquiries@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Tweet: @SheffFutures

Facebook: @sheffieldfutures

Instagram: @sheffieldfutures 

Future Shapers Celebration Event!

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On Thursday 7th December, we took a group of young people to Sheffield Town Hall to celebrate their achievements made on the Future Shapers programme, as the programme comes to an end.

Future Shapers Celebration Event

Future Shapers is a programme for 14 – 17 year olds that offers support for personal and/or educational development. Young people have their own personal Mentor who tailors support to meet their needs, this could be to gain confidence, attend extra-curricular activities, improve attendance, gain qualifications, socialise with other young people, search for employment and much more.

Over the course of the programme, we have worked with 1319 young people aged 14-17, all over Sheffield. Here are some of our highlights:

  • 451 young people have moved on to college!
  • 542 young people have achieved entry level qualifications so far!
  • 43% of young people on the programme are female and 57% are male
  • 722 have achieved level one qualifications!
  • 92 young people are now in employment!
  • 783 have shown an improvement in behaviour and 915 have shown an improvement in attitude!

Congratulations to all on the programme, and we hope you had a brilliant time at the event.

Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures Chief Executive Officer said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in making the Future Shapers programme in to such a success. We are so proud of the achievements of all of the young people on the programme. Our Mentors have seen young people face their fears and gain the confidence needed to try new things; whether this is the high ropes, making friends or learning something new. We want you to know that when the programme ends, Sheffield Futures is still here to help you fulfil your full potential.”

Did you attend? Photographs from the Photo Booth are now live on Facebook, check them out here!

 

Fight is on to save trailblazing jobs scheme for most vulnerable

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The future of a trailblazing scheme transforming the lives of thousands of vulnerable young people by getting them in to long-term jobs is hanging in the balance.

Despite being recognised as one of the top five projects of its kind across the UK, Talent Match SCR will come to an end in December 2018 unless new funding can be found.

Leaders of the local project, run by youth charity Sheffield Futures, have to act now to find the money to continue supporting young people who may otherwise be left behind.

Talent Match is a Big Lottery-funded nationwide programme supporting NEETs aged 18-25 to find secure futures via employment and enterprise.

Talent Match SCR has placed 622 young adults into employment across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, and a further 1,300 are currently being helped by moving into education, training and voluntary work.

“The future of Talent Match is touch and go,” said Gail Gibbons, Chief Executive Officer at Sheffield Futures, the young people’s charity which runs the project.
“Talent Match has changed lives in this region. Young people who believed they could never have a secure and happy future – because they thought they were unemployable – now have steady jobs and dreams they can reach for. We have to find a way to continue so we can help thousands more.”

The 21 Talent Match projects around the country have a strong social impact, with evidence showing each that successful placement saves society thousands each year. Their 18-25-year-old clients have all been jobless for more than 12 months, and many experience learning disabilities, mental health problems, homelessness and single parenthood. Others have spent years in care.
The programme supports them to develop skills and confidence through individually tailored solutions including placing young clients with caring local employers offering jobs that suit their needs. A team of 23 coaches continue to support them in the workplace for 6 months and beyond.

Local Talent Match employers come from the voluntary and private sector. Zenza Limited, a bookkeeping payroll and credit control provider in South Yorkshire has been working with Talent Match since the beginning of the year. Leeann Shentall, Credit Control Manager said: “We believe in giving chances to those that want chances. We like to see people develop in themselves and are happy we are in a position to make that happen. We know that there are young people that have a true desire to work, but need an opportunity, which we are happy to provide.”

Said Jo Booth, Talent Match SCR programme manager: “Many come to us with their confidence at rock-bottom and problems they believe are insurmountable. Some are trying to find a place to sleep that night or the money to eat.

“Our motto is No One Is Left Behind. We help young people to rebuild their lives by going back to the foundations to find out how to make their lives easier, then gently get them ready for the workplace. But our work doesn’t stop when we have found someone a job. We stay with them, giving them the support they need to flourish in their new role. We are not about short-term solutions.”
Sheffield Futures is appealing to local authorities, employers, funders, stakeholders and social investors to back their fight for survival by offering funding and support.

A host of organisations will be urged to attend the No One Left Behind conference at the New York Stadium in November. (You can register your attendance at this link.)

Talent Match’s young success stories will take to the stage to tell their stories and regional employers will also speak about the positive impact on their workforces.

For information on how to support local young people and Talent Match, contact talent.match@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Tuesday 31st October

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Don’t get spooked about your future…

Looking for training? Apprenticeships? Study programmes?

Find out more about where your future could take you. There will be a range of training providers happy to discuss opportunities available for you!

Drop in any time between 11am - 2pm on Tuesday 31st October

at NACRO, 70 Earl Street, Sheffield, S1 4PY

This event is suitable for people aged 16-19.

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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.