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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

 

 

 

 

Volunteer Week – Michael’s Story

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It’s the last day of Volunteer Week 2018 and our last chance to celebrate and share the fantastic work that volunteers do for Sheffield Futures. From supporting young people in our youth clubs, to helping adults in the Job Shop, to chatting with the group that attend our Well Being Cafe, to fundraising, our volunteers graciously give their time, effort, energy and more! We couldn’t do it without you, so thank you!

Throughout this week, we’ve been sharing the personal stories from our volunteers, letting you know how they got involved, who they help and who’s benefited!

On the last day, we have Michael’s story to share with you. Michael is a volunteer at All Saints Youth Club. Since he began, he’s got stuck in and very much involved. This is his story…

I have been volunteering for just under half a year with Sheffield Futures at All Saints youth club. Previously, I was volunteering with Burngreave library, which caters to the whole community and includes activities specifically aimed at youth groups, like games clubs, homework clubs and also events, such as World Book Day, which focuses on young readers.

However, I was looking to focus on working solely with young people, so found out about Sheffield Futures and had an informal interview to see if they had a suitable volunteer position in the Burngreave area.

Luckily, Sheffield Futures does have a nearby youth club, All Saints, where I’ve been helping out weekly. We work in a relaxed atmosphere and play sports, like table tennis, basketball and pool, as well as computer games. I have been able to get to know the young people in the area and like being able to chat about anything they wish! 

There has been a string of crimes in the area over the last year and I believe youth clubs, such as All Saints, play an important role in reducing anti-social behaviour amongst young people, creating a sense of community instead of alienation. 

I am glad I have taken this opportunity to support the local community and hope to continue to work with young people. I would recommend to anyone with an interest in working with youth in Sheffield to contact Sheffield Futures, as they provide all the support required, regardless of previous youth work experience, to allow you to feel confident in working in this field!

 

If you want to make a difference and get involved with volunteering, you can find all our opportunities here!

Thank you for reading our amazing stories from our very own volunteers this week. We’re proud and honoured to have such a great volunteer team supporting us all the way! To anyone who’s interested in volunteering then we recommend just getting stuck in! It’s fun, beneficial and very rewarding!

Happy Volunteers Week!

Our Duke of Edinburgh open award students receive their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace

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#Nomineat challenge

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We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in our #nomineat challenge in support of money for life by sharing some of the entries with you all. As well as sharing and receiving meal tips across social media we have posted money tips and diaries to support young people who may be interested in learning budgeting skills. You can see some of our posts and tips to creating budget meals on the slideshow below. #nomineatsuccess!

Join Art Breakers youth theatre company!

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Interested in theatre? Join Art Breakers, a project that internationally-acclaimed theatre company Forced Entertainment is running for young people in Sheffield!

Starting in February, Art Breakers will be running weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings, 4:30-6:30pm, at Theatre Deli, Sheffield (the old Mothercare building, Eyre Street). The first session will be February 27th.

Art Breakers is an out-of-the-ordinary youth theatre. Grown from Forced Entertainment’s unique and acclaimed 30-year practice of experimentation, it is a space for inventing, breaking the rules, invading the stage and making a brilliant mess.

The idea here is to build a strong collective with the same people meeting every week, rather than a drop-in/drop-out series of sessions. It’s a chance for young people to become part of a company and to work collaboratively to make brave, exciting and genre-defying new work. They actively welcome a sense of adventure and challenging of the status quo.

Interested? Join them for a FREE taster session! Register today!

They are soon opening public applications to be part of the company, at a cost of £30 per half-term. Although, they are very keen that young people who might not have easy access to this opportunity do not miss out, so they have some limited fully-funded bursary places that they would like to offer to any young people who are in touch with Sheffield Futures.

There’s more information, plus some images of a pilot scheme here: https://www.forcedentertainment.com/project/art-breakers/

Please contact Hester Chillingworth, Creative Producer, email: hester@forcedentertainment.com

See the Forced Entertainment website here.

Are you a young carer who needs a break?

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Do you know a young carer who is isolated and in need of a break?

Is lack of money stopping them from getting much-needed respite? If so, the Young Carers Activity Fund could help.

Sheffield Young Carers administer the Young Carers Activity Fund on behalf of Sheffield City Council to give young carers aged under 18 up to £300 to fund a break from their caring role. This could include things like music lessons, spa days, a gym membership or activity equipment for home like a trampoline, a magazine or film subscription, or a computer.

The next closing date for applications is Friday 9th February 2018

Here’s how the grant has made a difference in the past:

“I would just like to say a very big thank you for my grant! I have been able to buy all the sports clothing & equipment that I needed and I now feel really well prepared and comfortable … It has also meant that my Mum doesn’t have to worry about finding money… which has helped a lot!”

“The grant has helped me buy a new bike and all the safety equipment I needed to be road safe. This has meant that I now have the freedom to get out and about with my friends and explore both my local area and further afield… I’ve never had so much exercise since having my own bike! I would just like to say a massive thank you and will keep you posted of my biking adventures!”

Please note: This fund is only open to young carers who are NOT currently part of Sheffield Young Carers or on our waiting list as they will get respite through our service. For details and other eligibility criteria, please see: www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk/young-carers-activity-fund

Money tips for 2018

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Our talent match support worker, Mabz, has put together a set of money saving tips in support of our Money for life. If you’re aged between 16-25 and you want to become more cash confident, you could book onto a money master class. You can register here!

 

#Nomineat challenge success

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The #nomineat recipe challenge, in support of Money for Life, has been running for just under two weeks and we’ve already had a great response. We’d love to hear more of your recipe ideas whether that’s through videos, photos or blog posts. If you’ve not heard of the challenge and want to find step to step instructions of how you can take part just click here. Don’t forget to tag us to let us know you’ve shared a recipe!

Here are some of our highlights so far…

Dippyeggplease wrote a brilliant blog post discussing cooking to keep to a budget during January. She cooked her kids favourite, ‘Beany cheesy pasta bake’ and was kind enough to share step by step cooking instructions and a photograph! You can read more by clicking this link

SadieBlueOT tweeted her lunch time budget recipe, we liked this one because it is cost efficient and easy to make! The total lunch costs just 2.75 and can make enough for 2-3 portions. Much better value than a meal deal.

 

 

We’ve also received some video based recipes through our Facebook page, If you’d like to find out how to cook a roast vegetable pasta for under £3 pp you can  click here to see more

 

Watch out for further updates and if you’ve not yet taken on the challenge, I #nomineat you to share your £3 recipe with us this week.

Building better opportunities for South Yorkshire’s unemployed

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The future is looking brighter for unemployed people in Sheffield City Region as the Doing Good Business partnership expands to include Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT.)

Doing Good Business is a programme for people looking to start work in South Yorkshire. We provide one-to-one coaching support, at your pace, to fit in with your life. We can help to assist you back in to the world of work.

We will:

  • Provide expertise from experienced professionals and training on key topics
  • Support you to manage your personal circumstances
  • Enable you to develop your skills and personal strengths
  • Tailor support to meet your needs
  • Provide financial assistance to help you to meet your goals

We can help with: 

  • Job search
  • Finding employment
  • Self employment
  • Business start-up
  • Getting in to education or training.

Doing Good Business focuses on the engagement of participants at a neighbourhood level. The partner organisations will bring a strong knowledge of the local area and issues that people face whilst trying to gain employment.

Andy Lock, Head of Operations for The Coalfields Regeneration Trust said, “Our experience of working in the South Yorkshire coalfields highlights the very real barriers people face every day when trying to find work or improve their skills and qualifications. Our partnership with Sheffield Futures, working on the Doing Good Business programme, will enable us to provide intensive one to one support to help people realise their aspirations and improve the quality of their lives.”

DWDT Development Manager, Jo Ward, said: “Doing Good Business is designed to help people gain the skills that employers are looking for and progress towards finding work. By taking a flexible approach and supporting people one-to-one, we can identify their goals and develop an individual action plan to help achieve them. We hope people across Doncaster will take advantage of this free support in order to enhance their skills and job prospects.”

Lynne Hilson, Operations Manager at Sheffield Futures said: “Doing Good Business promises to help the hardest to reach people to make the most of their skills and ambitions by receiving the maximum help and support they need. This is an important step towards positive change for unemployed people in Sheffield City Region.”

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

This support is for people age 25+ and not in work, not in receipt of JSA or not in receipt of Universal Credit equivalent of JSA. Know someone who would benefit? Get in touch today! 

Courtney Castledine: 0114 201 6644 or email: courtney.castledine@sheffieldfutures.org.uk

National Careers Week: Inspirational careers events, advice & guidance from Sheffield Futures

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A series of events were hosted here at Star House for young people looking for careers inspiration, advice and guidance during National Careers Week 5-9 March.

Whether young people wanted to find out about options for the future from leading local engineering industry employer Gripple, be inspired by our inspirational female role models and ambassadors, or gain expert careers advice and guidance and polish their CV, Star House was a hive of activity during the week.

Thank you to Tom at Gripple who’s natural enthusiasm and motivation for design engineering shone through and inspired such enthusiasm and questions from our young people in attendance.

Door43 hosted a special Wellbeing Café with inspirational female role model and Sheffield Futures’ ambassador, sports journalist Liz Byrnes and Really NEET Project’s Sophie Maxwell. These two inspirational women talked about the journey to achieving their career aspirations.

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.