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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!

Take the Youth Cabinet’s Mental Health Survey!

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Sheffield Youth Cabinet have started a survey about young people and mental health – to see whether schools and the government are doing enough and where young people go when they are looking for support. If you are 19 or under and would like to be involved, please take the survey here.

Jumble Sale – 23rd May!

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We’re hosting another amazing Jumble Sale on Wednesday 23rd May!

Our Jumble Sale takes place between 3pm – 6pm at our fantastic youth club, Earl Marshall, which you can find on

Heathcote Street, Sheffield, S4 7UR!

Make sure to come along where you can find lots of hidden treasures, from clothes, shoes and bags, to homeware, books and DVDs!

All for just £1 or less!

All the money we raise will go towards our continued services, so we can provide the young people of Sheffield with the future they deserve!

 

If you require any further information then please get in touch at Fundraising@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

Sheffield Futures volunteers join the #BIDSpringClean

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Sheffield Futures staff and seven volunteers joined the Sheffield BID and other BID members to Spring Clean the city centre.

The group tackled the underpass from Moorfoot to Ecclesall Road and found nine full bags of rubbish and some odd items:

  • About five sets of house keys
  • Three separate shoes (not full pairs)
  • T-shirts
  • Trousers
  • A holdall
  • And best of all, some swimming goggles!

Here’s a group shot of all the volunteers involved, including nine from Sheffield Futures (the biggest group!)

 

Smiley faces despite the cold and rain!

 

Litter picking action shots!

 

Our selection of solo shoes (how do you lose a shoe?!)

Student Volunteering Week

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It’s Student Volunteering Week and we want to celebrate our many volunteers who are also students.

Thank you to all of our student volunteers!

We currently have volunteers in all three of our Community Youth Teams working in our youth clubs across the city, and at our Door43 Wellbeing Cafe, held every Tuesday at our city centre venue, Star House.

Volunteering with Sheffield Futures will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people in Sheffield. It’s also a fantastic way to gain experience and build confidence. We are always looking for new volunteers at Sheffield Futures, so if you have some spare time and are looking to meet new people and make a great contribution to your local community please contact: volunteering@sheffieldfutures.org.uk or call: 0114 201 6609.

Read Shannon and Gabby’s stories below about how it’s possible to balance being a student and also a volunteer at Sheffield Futures…

Shannon’s Story

I first found out about Sheffield Futures through my Universities Careers Officer. He told me about the great volunteering Sheffield Futures offer. Since I started volunteering in the youth clubs with Sheffield Futures, I have been able to be totally flexible around university work, either volunteering one night a week or four I wanted to. The volunteering itself is great, especially if you’re curious about social/youth work careers! 

During the youth clubs you have the chance to mix with such a diverse group of kids, and here you have to opportunity to simply have a chat to them about their week or get involved with activities.

I am loving my team with Sheffield Futures, it has for sure opened my eyes to different career options, but most importantly given me invaluable experience. 

Gabby’s Story

Hello, I’m Gabby. I am currently studying Biochemistry at the University of Sheffield and on Tuesday evenings I volunteer for Sheffield Futures Wellbeing Café. I joined the Wellbeing Café’s team in October after finding out about them through my University’s Volunteering Hub. It caught my eye because it didn’t require a big commitment, it looked fun and gave me the opportunity to enjoy tea and cake!

At the Wellbeing Café I help run a wide variety of fun, engaging and interesting activities such as stress ball making, cake decorating, learning first aid, and problem solving. A lot of the sessions focus on self-care, self-love, being positive and reaching for your goals. Even I as a volunteer benefit from these sessions and I often leave feeling very uplifted and motivated.  My most memorable session was when a representative from the Amy Winehouse Project came in and opened up about his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. It was very inspiring to listen to how he got through it all and where he is now.

At the Café I help to ensure all young people feel involved and have a relaxed and open atmosphere where everyone feels confident enough to contribute and be themselves. I provide a listening ear when necessary, forming trusting relationships with them. Another of my roles is also to help with making drinks and dishing out lovely snacks.  

Volunteering for the Wellbeing Café has not been a huge commitment whilst studying at the same time as it only requires two hours of my week. Sheffield Futures is also very conveniently located on Division Street making it easily accessible for me by walk from uni. The team have been very understanding when I have had exams and was unable to attend sessions. Having volunteered at the Café will benefit me in the future as it will look great on my CV and give me lots of interesting things to talk about in an interview.

I have always found the Wellbeing Cafe very enjoyable, always leaving feeling positive. It has been great meeting new people, especially the Sheffield Futures staff who are extremely friendly and supportive.  I am very proud to be part of an organisation that makes such a difference in young people’s lives with the support they provide them, creating positive futures.

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.

 

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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

What I like about Tinsley youth club #YWW17

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Last week on Bonfire Night, we had a special longer session at Tinsley youth club, providing a safe space for young people and also letting the wider community come in and see how the youth club runs, meet the members and the staff who work there. The local Imam came along and even played some table tennis with the young people! At our Bonfire Night session, we spoke to the attendees and asked them what they liked best about their youth club, their thoughts are above and listed below!Tinsley

Pictured: Youth worker, Shaffaq Mohammed and youth prevention worker, Richard Bell.

On the run up to Bonfire Night, our Community Youth Teams have been speaking to young people about the dangers of fireworks and how to keep themselves and each other safe.

What do you like best about Tinsley youth club?

  • Meet new people
  • Tinsley youth club is amazing
  • Everyone is welcome and workers are friendly
  • Table tennis
  • Takes people off the streets
  • Good atmosphere and sound staff
  • Lots of activities to do
  • Lots of fun activities
  • Opportunities to have fun
  • Good games that you can pla
  • FREE PIZZA
  • Free food
  • I feel safe
  • Nice sweets
  • You can play games
  • Good to socialise
  • PlayStation
  • Welcoming and a safe place
  • Brings the community together
  • Staff are friendly and warming
  • Has a pool table and it is fun!

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Pictured: Imam Shaykh Laffurall with Shaffaq and Richard.

Internet Citizens with YouTube and Google Garage!

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Join us for Internet Citizens with partners YouTube and Google Garage on Friday 17th November. Are you interested?

Internet Citizens is an exclusive and exciting workshop run by YouTube and UK Youth in partnership with Google Garages. It is a specially designed one-day workshop delivered across the UK.

The workshops will help 13-18 year olds who become more confident consumers of information online and feel empowered to use social media to communicate their views and ideas.

The session is on Friday 17th November at 10:30 am till 4:30pm at Google Garage near the City Hall – you must register in advance!

To register

Simply send us an email and we’ll send you the details. Contact: luke.hague@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

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