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Youth Clubs

Greenhill Bradway youth club changing days!

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Our Greenhill Bradway youth club is moving to Tuesdays, and won’t be on Thursdays!

This change will be taking place from the end of the month (Tuesday 27th February)

It will be at the same place with the same lovely team, just a different day!

Check it out here.

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?

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

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

Targeted youth support delivers positive destination

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Our Targeted Youth Support (TYS) advisers are celebrating yet another positive outcome for a Sheffield youth not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The young person had been NEET for over one year, after having a negative experience within education and with peers and as a result had become extremely disengaged socially, often not leaving the house and struggling to communicate with family and friends.

The young person had been reluctant to engage with Sheffield Futures previously so Lucy Ruck, one of our TYS workers, worked with him to gradually build up trust and form a positive relationship.

Rather than focusing on the enormity of stepping into full time training and education, Lucy got to know the young person and his interests and used this as a “hook.” He showed an interest in basketball, so Lucy contacted the Manager of Sheffield Sharks and he agreed to come and meet us. The young person needed encouragement and reminders to attend but when he did it was a positive meeting and we looked at all of the options which might motivate him to get out of the house, beginning with an informal basketball session taught at weekends.

This was the prompt that the young person needed to feel that there could be a positive future, so quickly building upon this, Lucy contacted one of the teachers in the community where the young person lived to see if he would do a home visit to talk about a sports based programme. This again was successful. It took plenty of encouragement and for Lucy to support the young person at the meeting – but he agreed to start.

Meanwhile Lucy also contacted Princes Trust. The young person’s parent had been struggling with finances and was concerned this would be a barrier to them starting the programme, but Lucy helped them to apply for a development award which would go towards buying kit. This took some time but is successfully now being processed and will provide a great incentive for the young person.

Lucy also supported Mum with applying for a bus pass and sorting out her child benefit – again it became quickly obvious that this could be a barrier and so this was actioned as quickly as possible.

When the young person was due to start his course Lucy  ensured she had good contact with the young person and his family to encourage him through the transition.

Lucy went to see the young person and his Mum two weeks into the Princes Trust course and things have gone extremely well. The young person said he was really enjoying the course, has made friends and is feeling the most positive he has felt in a long time.

Lucy asked them to complete a feedback questionnaire and they commented that they were very pleased with the support they had received, that it had helped a lot, that support was appropriate to need and consistent. The young person said the thing he was most pleased about was making friends, also that he had done some exercise for the first time in a while and it had made him feel good.

Mum commented that she had seen a real change in his behaviour especially in the mornings when they no longer had arguments when she asked him to get out of bed 😊.  She also said that the young person appeared more confident about going out and about in the community and that they were getting on a lot better as a family.

We are pleased to say that the Princes Trust gave really positive feedback about the young person and his progress!

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.’

What we like about Steel Inn youth club #YWW17

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We asked young people at Steel Inn youth club what they liked most about their club, what it meant to them and this is what they told us!

  • Making friends
  • Meeting new people
  • Keeping off the streets
  • Keeping safe
  • Keeping warm
  • Playing on the XBox
  • Time with friends
  • Away from parents
  • Activities – at the youth club and going on trips!
    Something fun to do
  • Interactive with youth workers
  • Feeling part of a group
  • Independence
  • They give great advice!

All this love for our youth workers in the youth clubs is making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We hope you’ve enjoyed our blogs for Youth Work Week 2017!

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Why we like Darnall youth club #YWW17

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At Darnall youth club, on Youth Work Week (6-12th November) we asked the young attendees what the youth club meant to them.

Through discussion they all said that they learn from coming to the youth club and commented that it helped keep them out of trouble. 

Young people said that youth club was somewhere to come that was safe, warm, dry and sheltered from wind!

Other comments from young people were that the staff are nice and that the club was extraordinary and spectacular. 

One young person said that they “met my best friend at the youth club” and that the group loved meeting their friends there.

They said that they felt like they:

  • Got support with issues
  • Now have something to do in our spare time
  • Are no longer bored
  • Think it’s a good place to come
  • Like chilling and playing Fifa
  • Felt able to talk through their issues. 

 

Youth club open thanks to PCC funding! #YWW17

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The Salvation Army in Woodhouse, Sheffield have received £4,425 grant funding from the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings during a visit on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

The Commissioner visited the Salvation Army Woodhouse Corps to hear about how they work with hard to reach young people, many of whom are excluded from school. The project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and work towards making these young people less vulnerable to exploitation.

The project funded by the commissioner’s community grant scheme will cover the Woodhouse and Handsworth area of Sheffield where 30.6% of children are living in poverty and where there are areas of deprivation.

Dr Billings said: “The work of the Salvation Army in Woodhouse and Handsworth is providing young people with an opportunity to do activities at a time when there is very little to do and the evenings get darker and colder.

“These young people don’t necessarily want to cause nuisance, but sometimes due to the lack of activities they get into mischief.  Local residents sometimes feel unsafe because there are young people hanging about on the streets.

“By engaging with the Salvation Army, there is the opportunity for them to get involved in and channel their energies positively, benefiting the local community.”

Andrew Watson, Salvation Army Woodhouse Corps said: “This project has been a real example of partnership in action and a great model for other communities in South Yorkshire between South Yorkshire Police, The Salvation Army, Sheffield Futures, Sheffield City Council and the Woodhouse and District  Community Forum (representatives in the photo).

“None of this would have been possible without the Commissioner’s grant which has enabled young people to come to a safe, positive project were they are able to learn new skills and consequences of their actions in a safe and positive environment.”

The funding will pay for sessions with the young people across 38 weeks and six targeted workshops. Sheffield Futures youth workers are running Woodhouse Youth Club.

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.

What I like about Woodthorpe Youth Club #YWW17

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We asked young people who go to Woodthorpe Youth Club what they liked most about the club, to celebrate Youth Work Week 2017. This is what they told us!

They like….

  • SUPPORTIVE WORKERS!
  • Trips
  • Meeting new people
  • Making food
  • Listening to music
  • Good events
  • Safe environment
  • Nice atmosphere
  • Chilled/relaxed
  • Music!
  • Good opportunities
  • Supporting individuals when having issues/problems

Woohoo! Great job guys!

Our youth clubs run weekly (sometimes a couple of times a week) all over Sheffield. For more information, check out our Things To Do pages!

Volunteering at a youth club #YWW17

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Rachel Javed

By volunteer Rachel Javed

How many times have you heard someone refer to young people as “the future”? This idea is repeated across politics, in the media and from one generation to the next, and yet crucial social and educational structures are increasingly hard to access. As a result, our young people face the dilemma of being considered “the future” without necessarily receiving vital support for their own.
This is where I think the youth clubs across Sheffield really come into their own. I volunteer at one and my first impression of the club still stands: a supportive and safe environment where young people from all backgrounds can socialise and relax. I’m lucky enough to live in the same area as the centre and being able to contribute to my local community in a positive way was one of my main reasons for getting involved. I haven’t been there for that long yet, but as faces become more familiar, I’m enjoying getting to know such a vibrant bunch of people. Whether the evening entails hearing about how someone is getting on with a new college course, discussing music videos on YouTube or (as seems to happen remarkably often) getting mercilessly thrashed at pool, no two sessions are the same. It’s impossible to predict how these interactions might develop and as the weeks go by, I’m really looking forward to building on these relationships. Hopefully, as someone slightly older, I can become a trusted figure whom these young people feel comfortable approaching for a chat, advice, or to share some laughs as they make the often hard transition from childhood to adulthood.

Youth Work Week is the perfect time to learn a bit more about the services that Sheffield Futures provides. I look forward to my sessions immensely and while the focus is always on providing the young people with positive experiences, I must admit that I get a great deal out of the exchange too. To anyone considering getting involved with youth work, I say do it!

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