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Sheffield Futures visited by Lord Bird and Lord Bourne

Sheffield Futures visited by Lord Bird and Lord Bourne

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Lord Bird and Lord Bourne visited local youth charity, Sheffield Futures last week, to learn more about the charity’s work in the community, supporting disadvantaged young people.

The visitors were shown around Star House, 43 Division Street, home of the one-stop-shop for young people’s services in Sheffield. The group heard about the new health and wellbeing service offered at Sheffield Futures, Door43.

They watched a short video demonstrating Sheffield Futures impact on young people over four key areas of work: improved social skills, life skills and independence; enabling community participation and belonging; meaningful progression in education, employment and training and improved health and wellbeing.

The visitors then learned more about the Future Shapers programme which is part-funded by Big Issue Invest, the social investment arm of The Big Issue Magazine, which Lord Bird founded in 1991.

The Future Shapers programme in Sheffield supports 14–17 year olds with personal and educational development. The programme offers young people their own Mentor who works with them to build their confidence, take part in group activities, learn new skills and achieve academically. To enable delivery of the service, Future Shapers received £1.25m of investment from social investors, including £350k from Big Issue Invest.

Lord Bird said: “It has been brilliant meeting the team here at Sheffield Futures. It’s fantastic to see first-hand how Big Issue Invest has been able to support young people in Sheffield who really need it. It was great to spend time talking to the young people about the opportunities that working at Future Shapers has given them.

He added: “It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and I can’t thank the team enough for taking the time to show us around.”

Lord Bourne, Minister for Faith, Department for Communities and Local Government said: “It has been incredible to experience first-hand the hard work of Sheffield Futures in making sure that local young people have the skills and experience needed to make a good life for themselves. I’m confident those I met have a bright future ahead.”

Lord Bird and Lord Bourne also heard from two young people who were former clients of Sheffield Futures programmes and now are employed by the youth charity. Courtney Castledine, Administration Assistant on the Talent Match programme and Lizzie Oakes, Young People’s Involvement Worker spoke to the guests about their role in the organisation and described how Sheffield Futures supported them on their journey to success.

Operations Manager, Lynne Hilson greeted Lord Bird and Lord Bourne, she said: “We were very excited to be visited by Lord Bird and Lord Bourne. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to be able to showcase our work providing specialist support and mentoring to those who need it the most.”

Annie Minter, Investment Manager at Big Issue Invest and a director of the Future Shapers project says, “We are really pleased to be funding the important work the Future Shapers project is doing to secure better outcomes for over a thousand vulnerable young people across the city.”

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