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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: w/c 6th August 2018

MONDAY 

  • The Prince’s Trust – Ash Rook will be at Star House, offering an Interactive information session, which will focus on ‘Get Sorted with Product Design’. Anyone interested please attend for an 11am start. If you are unemployed aged 16-25 from South Yorkshire and interested in Engineering, Manufacturing, Technology and Product Design you can apply for a free programme
  • Adult Job Club (for adults 19+) 10am – 1pm at Star House, 43 Division St, S1 4GE. Self-directed only.
  • 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. Self-directed only.
  • 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.
  • Warehousing HUB Event for 18+ young people, at Star House, 10am or 1pm.  Come along to find out more about the course, times, locations and guaranteed interviews for Warehouse Operatives across Sheffield; Work Force Skills in partnership with Sheffield Futures.

 

FRIDAY

 

THURSDAY 

 

 

 

 

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!

One Minute With..Dan White our new Head of Targeted Services and Health

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We asked Dan White, our new Head of Targeted Services and Health a few questions about himself and his new role. Welcome Dan!

  1. What gets you out of bed in the morning? A: The idea that I’m going to be part of something amazing today
  2. What is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional? A: Being a parent to the best children ever
  3. How would you describe your day job to a child? A: Protecting young people and creating exciting projects which provide opportunities to help you achieve your full potential.
  4. What do you think the biggest challenges are for us supporting Sheffield’s young people? A: There are loads, but competing against negative social influences young people are exposed to via social media broadcasts is a big one. Also, keeping up with the rapid changes or challenging circumstances in the lives of young people.
  5. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? My leaving do on the last day of my previous job.

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.

National Citizen Service – staff development plan singled out as best practice

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Our involvement team are doing a fantastic job of delivering the NCS programme especially as we picked up the contract late in the day. Not only are the team doing really well with recruitment and warm up activities but they have been singled out as an example of good practice by the prime contractor – EFL Trust.

The recruitment of young people for our NCS programme continues. If you know of young people who are 15 to 17 years-old and would benefit from a 3-4 week experience that helps build confidence and self-belief then please send them this link.

NCS

Young people can live away from home, develop skills and meet amazing people. Food, accommodation and activities, all in for up to £50.

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.

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.