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Give back to your local community!

Give back to your local community!

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Young people from all over Sheffield have been getting together to give back to their local communities. You can get involved too! Our social action projects are one-off volunteering opportunities based all over Sheffield with one aim: to make a positive change.

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Find out more about what the team have done so far:

  • Woodthorpe Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Young people from Woodthorpe Youth Club were approached to assemble 17 shoeboxes to be donated to a local charity of their choice. The young people decided that the completed shoeboxes would be donated to St Swithens on the Manor which is their local foodbank, to be given to families who use the service with small children.

  • Beechy Knoll Care Home

Beechy Knoll is an old people’s residential home in the east of the city. The Royal Voluntary Service are working on the age better initiative in the city, and as part of this look at doing intergenerational activities and skill swaps. They identified a need to put up Christmas decorations in the home working together with residents.

The young people themselves engaged with the residents and supported them to put up and decorate a Christmas tree in one of the communal areas. As the room didn’t look very festive, one of the young people came up with the idea of making paper chains and another young person cane up with the idea of making snow flakes. Together, they made the paper chains and snow flakes and used them to decorate the room.

During their time at Beechy Knoll, the young people engaged in conversation with the residents learning all about their lives and providing the elderly people with some company. The event was a great success, the elderly residents asked if the young people were visiting again.

  • Parsons Cross Boxing Gym – Mural Wall

Parson Cross Boxing Gym is a local facility in the North of the city who approached Sheffield Futures Social Action Team to see if we could help improve the inside of their building. We met with the young people from the gym and discussed plans around creating a mural that represented diversity. We worked with another organisation who specialised in graffiti art to help make this project a success.

  • Wildcats Roller Skate Hockey – Fun Day

The Wildcats project are a voluntary organisation that aims to get young people active through Roller Hockey. The group provide the training at Concord Sports Centre. They approached Sheffield Futures Social Action Team to help them with their first ever fun day for young people across the city to get them to come and try roller hockey and to raise awareness of the organisation and its aims.

  • Westfield School – Garden Improvement

Westfield School approached the Sheffield Futures Social Action Team to work with some young people who found academic subjects hard, and for us to find a way to engage them based on similar interests. Westfield teamed up with Bents Green build new relationships within the schools and for them to work together to tidy the school garden and plant new fruit.

14 young people who attended Westfield School and some who also attended the Bents Green Hub spent a cold, windy and a little bit rainy day on Tuesday 18th October working together to help turn the unusable garden into a fully functional outside space which they could use for growing crops. The young people got involved in several tasks on the day, which included, pulling up weeds, pruning trees and building raised beds out of pallets and old wood. In volunteering their time, this further fostered positive relationships between the young people who attend the mainstream Westfield School, and the young people who attend the Bents Green hub by uniting them to achieve a common goal. The young people themselves gained confidence and further developed skills such as team work, communication, creativity, wood work, gardening and decision making skills.

  •  Tusaale Project –  Football Tournament

Tusaale Project are a voluntary organisation that have identified a need for their community to step up and increase the positive role models in the community. They approached Sheffield Futures Social Action Team to support them with a community cohesion project using sport as a positive tool. The aim of the event was to have some fun in the community but to raise awareness of the group.

  • Greater Somali Community Network (GSCN) – Litter Pick

GSCN are a homework club that support young people with homework tasks whilst also providing a safe space for the parents to meet. The young people from GSCN have been wanting to do a community litter pick around Sorby House to improve the area but didn’t have the resources to do this. Our social action team were able to provide these materials.

  • Rite Turn Community Centre

The Rite Turn Community Centre has been outdated and over grown for a while. Rite Turn approached Sheffield Futures Social Action Team as the centre needed a bit of a face lift and support with cleaning the surrounding overgrown area. Through the social action team we were able to provide volunteers and equipment to support this much needed centre.

  • Herdings Youth Club – Garden Project

Reach South Sheffield who are a community organisation who support and deliver sessions at Herdings Youth Club approached Sheffield Futures Social Action Team due their site being over grown and unable to use. They wanted to have a clear area to be able to have community days and have some open space on their grounds for the community to use.

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.