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Work experience at Sheffield Futures

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My name is Jamie and I have just completed a two week work experience at Sheffield Futures as part of my Princes Trust Team programme. The Princes Trust programme is for young people and adults 16-30 years old and aims to support them to develop the skills and confidence needed to find paid work.  Below is my account of the work experience and what I learned about Sheffield Futures and about myself.

I knew a bit about Sheffield Futures before I started this work experience placement.  I used to attend youth clubs at Stocksbridge and Com.Unity when I was younger. When I turned 18, I started volunteering at Com.Unity and I have volunteered once or twice a week at Com.Unity since then (coming up to 3 years now).  Volunteering has given me the opportunity to build experience and to give something back to my local community and people I care about.

Over the last two weeks on my placement I have had the opportunity to work in a Sheffield Futures youth club called Leos. I helped to supervise the young people at Leos and supported them to get involved in activities like Hama bead sessions and walking in Norfolk Park.

I also spent some time with a Youth Worker, Aaron, and we worked in the Westfield area on detached and youth club sessions. We engaged with young people in the local area and I organised outdoor activities for them (including ‘football rounders’).

During my placement I also visited Star House and met Lee from the Involvement team. I learned about the number of things that Sheffield Futures do including in schools and youth centres. They do things like helping young people and adults find work, the UK Youth Parliament and lots more, including the different services that people have access to for the right support they need. Sheffield Futures also run the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for young people and I was able to help sort and organise equipment that the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award team were going to use on one of their outdoor trips.

Overall I enjoyed it all and I achieved a lot out of this. I learned to be more outgoing, more talkative and more confident in new situations.

 At Leos I learned how to deal with lots of people with different learning difficulties and disabilities.  I am glad that I got to work at Leos youth club as it has given me more experience and given me more options on what sort of jobs I want to do. For anyone who wants to do their work placement with Sheffield Futures, do it, you will game so much experience out of it and it will be worth it.

International Youth Day – 10th August!

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International Youth Day is on Sunday 12th August and Sheffield Futures will be hosting our annual celebration on Friday 10th August at Ice Sheffield, Coleridge Rd, S9 5DA at 12.30-3.30pm.

This event is fun for all the family and a chance for young people from all over Sheffield to get together and enjoy sports, displays, graffiti, music and loads more.

The theme for International Youth Day is Safe Spaces, where young people can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision making processes and freely express themselves. Sheffield Futures provides many of these spaces in Sheffield so we feel like it’s also a celebration of our hard work creating these spaces too.

Would you like to be involved?

We are looking for staff with hidden talents who may be able to face paint/do henna tattoos or screen printing! Whatever you can do that would be an activity for young people on the day, then please get in touch with Elliot Walker. (elliot.walker@sheffieldfutures.org.uk)

 

Challenge & adventure in the Peak District

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At the end of May, our youth workers took 18 young people from our Woodthorpe and Westfield youth clubs and our Door 43 service out into the Peak District for a day of education, challenge and adventure. The educational activity, delivered in partnership with Endeavour Training and the Peak District National Park authority enabled these young people from very diverse backgrounds, most of whom had never ventured into the Peaks before, to interact socially, broadening horizons, building confidence and healthy attitudes as well as breaking down prejudice and negative stereotypes.

Travelling by tram and train demonstrated to our young people just how easy it is to access the national park. Disembarking at Grindleford, our young people were introduced to a Peak District National Park ranger who provided information about the running of the park and associated environmental challenges and got involved with using tools to maintain accessibility of paths as well as carrying out an environmental survey that involved understanding the ecosystem and identifying plants and insects. After a short walk in the beautiful countryside our young people were given the opportunity to really challenge themselves and push personal boundaries with an abseiling activity.

Commenting on the young people’s reactions to the abseiling activity, Danny Maybury, youth worker in our East team says, ‘Many of the young people taking part in the activity experienced fear just at the thought of taking this death defying plunge, and murmurs of self-doubt echoed around the group upon arrival. With a little encouragement and self-belief however, the challenge was enthusiastically met. The impact of this victory could be plainly seen on the gleeful faces of the young people who took part.’

John Moloughney, Deputy East team manager also said, ‘It was fantastic to lead an activity to deliver educational, social as well as healthy outcomes for these young people and see the delight on their faces as they challenged themselves in such a beautiful location. I’m really keen that we continue to build upon links with organisations such as Endeavour and the Peak District National Park Authority to deliver more in collaboration for Sheffield’s young people.’

A trip is being planned for October and any young people interested in attending should contact John Moloughney.

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

World Poetry Day: Poems to inspire and motivate

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This World Poetry Day Vicky Morris, Writer, Educator & Creative Practitioner and one of our valued supporters and collaborators has kindly recommended a few poems to inspire, motivate and take from them what you will. Enjoy.

 

 

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.

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!

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

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