Sheffield Futures is a young people’s charity providing mentoring and specialist support for those that need it most. The organisation has 25 years’ experience of delivering a range of open and targeted services to support and equip young people and communities to achieve their full potential in learning, employment and life. This is so that they can secure a positive future.
Their services achieve impact across four key areas:
- Sustained progression into employment, education and training.
- Improved life skills and independence.
- Improved health and wellbeing.
- Improved community participation and belonging.
One of Sheffield Future’s many crucial services are their Community Youth Teams, who support young people aged 10 – 18 by providing them with extra support so that they can make the most out of their lives. They aim to steer these young people away from crime and antisocial behaviour and help them to stay in school and post-16 education, work or training. Their Community Youth Teams promote avoiding behaviour that could harm young people and their communities, such as drug or alcohol misuse, sexual exploitation or teenage pregnancy, and instead advocate making healthy choices. They also help young people to build self-belief and confidence and make sure they have the skills and information they need to cope with the ups and downs of life. This comes in the form of one-to-one support, group work programmes and both centre based and detached young work across Sheffield’s communities.
Sheffield Futures recently launched a new service, Project Apollo, which supports young people leaving care to move into education, work and training. The project, commissioned by Sheffield City Council’s Leaving Care Service and delivered by them, will help 100 young people towards a positive future with careers guidance, support applying for opportunities and work experience, practical careers advice and barrier-busting long-term support.
Duke of Edinburgh
They also deliver the Duke of Edinburgh Award to 14 – 24 year olds, offering a chance complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, as well as the National Citizen Service. This takes hundreds of young people on new adventures and experiences so that they can learn new skills and make friends for life.
Another fantastic service that they offer is Door43, which supports young people, aged 13 – 25, with their emotional health and wellbeing needs in a youth-centred environment. Door43 was collaboratively developed with young people, to ensure the service is able to improve access to a range of interventions that support wellbeing, which include: information and advice, health clinics, group and peer support work, and counselling. These services support young people’s mental health, preventing existing conditions worsening to crisis levels, while improving coping mechanisms and increasing resilience.
Sheffield Futures are currently fundraising to sustain and grow Door43 and, over the last year, we’ve supported over 200 young people, helping them to manage their mental health and emotional wellbeing and, in turn, enabling them to stay in work or education, and head towards a brighter future.
Sheffield Futures offers all these services and more, helping young people with every aspect of their lives. They encourage young people to have their say on the matters that affect them and they work to protect them from risk and encourage them to live positive and productive lives.
Vote for Sheffield Futures in our February 2019 charity poll, and show your support to the young people of Sheffield.