We’re here for everyone.
Not everyone gets the same
start in life. Whatever their
situation, Sheffield Futures
will make sure they are given
every opportunity to achieve
their full potential.
Over the past 20 years, our experience working with
young people has demonstrated that through supporting
people in four key areas, we can achieve our mission:
1. Improving social skills, life skills and independence
2. Enabling community participation and belonging
3. Meaningful progression in education, employment and training
4. Improving health and well-being
over 20,000 local
people to reach
At Sheffield Futures we have a variety of services that support young people
and communities in our four key areas, but we can’t do it alone. Sheffield Futures
is proud to work in partnership with agencies across the city, so that we can
holistically support the most vulnerable people in Sheffield. Some of our partners
include Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police, schools, colleges, training
providers, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield College,
Off the Shelf festival and so many more including Cadbury!
I am proud to introduce the Sheffield Futures Impact Report 2015-16. Over the last year, we
have had a huge impact on the lives of the people of Sheffield.
At Sheffield Futures, we provide a wide range of support and opportunities for young people
and adults to help them to reach their full potential and a bright future. We are often referred
to as being a young people’s life-line, supporting young people in risky situations to stay safe,
helping them to improve their confidence and self-belief as well as their employability skills.
This Report demonstrates the positive impact our work makes to individuals and communities.
We would like to thank all our partners, supporters and funders for their continued support.
Gail Gibbons, Sheffield Futures CEO
to 26 Strategic Boards
Sheffield, advising on
young people’s services
and sharing good
We want to support
schools to reach excellence in
delivering careers guidance.
To achieve this, we deliver the
Sheffield City Region Careers
Award. We are currently
supporting 17 schools in
Sheffield to achieve this
IMPROVED SOCIAL SKILLS, LIFE
At Sheffield Futures, we tailor our support to meet the needs of each individual by establishing a
relationship with a key worker. By equipping young people with the skills and support that they
need to be happy, healthy and safe, we will reduce risky behaviour, raise aspirations and support
young people to develop the skills they will need.
“Young people need places to go where they know with total certainty that they will receive skilful help that is in their
best interests. Without that, their lives, and the lives of those around them, will not be happy or fulfilled or productive.
We must do everything to ensure vulnerable young people have these places and people to whom they can turn.”
(James Kenrick, Youth Access - The Outcomes and Impact of Youth Advice - The Evidence, 2011)
Our work is award-winning, and our models of work have been adopted by other organisations who share our best
practice. Our experienced staff ensure that each young person receives tailored help and all of our services are
designed to support the following outcomes:
• Improved social and interpersonal skills
• Reduced risky behaviour and improved safety awareness
• Raised aspirations and self-development
We support these aims through a variety of ways, including fostering a positive strengths-based relationship,
delivering issue-based group work sessions and enrichment activities designed to challenge self-development.
Sheffield Futures staff worked with world class athletes to deliver the
Dame Kelly Holmes Trust ‘Get on Track’ programme, aimed at improving
confidence, communication, teamwork, health and well-being. The
disadvantaged young people on the programme were all not in
education, employment and training and as such, needed to build their
self-esteem. The group emerged confident and excited for the future, with
most securing employment and training or re-entering education.
When Sarah started the programme she just
cried and cried, she wouldn’t talk and now
she’s making an articulate and passionate
presentation. This group of young people is
unrecognisable from those who walked in on
I come from boxing,
I’m a girl who can throw a punch.
I come from motivation - no pain no gain,
from perseverance, from fun.
I come from not knowing what to say
when people ask me to write something.
I come from being quiet on a first meeting
to not being able to stop talking
when I’m with my friends.
I’m from a noisy family,
from cold weather,
from street lights and park benches,
from snow and rain and sometimes sun,
from chavs and hoods,
from Woodthorpe, S2.
- Written by a young person with help from their youth worker
and a writer as part of Youth Word Up (Off the Shelf festival)
SKILLS AND INDEPENDENCE
“I enjoyed the group sessions, everyone was really nice.
I’ve stopped being cheeky to my nan and hanging around
with people who get me in to trouble.” – Young person who
attended our Community Youth Team (CYT) Anti-Social
Behaviour (ASB) group work programme.
“He has started to realise that his action don’t just affect him.
This change in attitude has made home life much easier and
reduced the tension and pressure we have all been under.”
– Parent of young person who attended our CYT ASB group
young people attended our CYT youth
clubs and including our youth clubs for
young people with Special Educational
Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) in
2015-16. Our youth clubs enable young
people to tackle the issues they face in a
We run a weekly support group specifically for young women at risk of child sexual exploitation.
The young people who attend this club are taught how to stay safe by reducing their own risky
behaviour and identifying dangerous situations. The group is a safe space for a vulnerable group
of young people.
“After attending the club, my daughter recognises the danger
she was in. Now she can see when she’s unsafe and knows
what to do in those situations.”
responsive to the
ever-changing needs of our
service users. After receiving a
rise in referrals for young people
at risk of developing unhealthy
relationships, our staff have
been trained to recognise risky
behaviour. We have developed
one-to-one and group work
programmes to help young
people to stay safe.
I didn’t enjoy school very much because I never felt the courage to
put my hand up in class for fear of being judged and picked on. Then I
became a Youth Councillor with Sheffield Futures. I was pretty nervous
but I began talking to people I hadn’t met before and I started to feel
much more confident and happy in myself. Being more confident
hasn’t just impacted on my Youth Cabinet role, but has shown in my
school work as well. I am always taking part in class discussions and
my grades have gone up.
Being part of something like the Youth Cabinet can really improve your
confidence. I urge more young people to find an activity or join an
organisation that they feel passionate about and get involved!
We started supporting
Adele when she got in trouble
for anti-social behaviour. Adele
was going missing from home and her
school attendance was low. We worked with
Adele and other agencies to create an individual
support plan which included one-to-one as well as group
work sessions in anti-social behaviour, victim awareness and drug and
alcohol awareness. Through CYT, Adele attended a course on performance poetry (part of Youth Word Up, Off the Shelf
festival) which led to a performance during the festival. Adele has grown in confidence, shown enthusiasm to learn new skills
and treats other young people and staff respectfully. Her school attendance and attitude to learning have greatly improve
and she has gained a part time job!
Our Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service support young people who are at risk of CSE, we define
at risk as ‘beginning to engage in emotional and sexual relationships with someone who is older,
abusive and/or violent.’
I first came into contact with Sheffield Sexual Exploitation Service (SSES) in 2009 as a young person who was at
risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
Through the long term support and dedication of my support worker, I felt like I wanted to use my experiences to
positively influence CSE services across the country.
Thanks to the Young People’s Participation Group at Sheffield Futures, I have been given the opportunity to work
with various professionals and organisations, working towards creating a better, safer, future for so many young
We are putting together new guidelines for working with young people who are at risk of CSE in partnership with
University of Bedford, the National Working Group (NWG) and the Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation
and Crime, Karen Bradley MP.
“I feel like I have
given a voice
and that I am
being listened to.
ENABLING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
The Sheffield Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (2013) says “Sheffield is the safest major city in
England in terms of the levels of violent crime experienced. Sheffield remains a safe city and the
trends in falling crime and re-offending should be encouraged to continue.” In 2015-16 we have
seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour and first time offenders in Sheffield.
At Sheffield Futures, we believe in building strong and safe communities where young people have the
opportunity to have their say about how the community is run. By celebrating difference and diversity, we are
breaking down barriers that lead to social isolation and working together for a healthier and happier city.
Here are some examples of what we do to improve community participation and belonging...
In 2015-16, Sheffield Young Advisors won the National Young Advisors Impact Award for their work with
Sexual Health Sheffield. The team conducted mystery shopping exercises, including phone calls and visits as
well as reviewing the website, app and other publicity aimed at young people. The group produced a report of
their findings and an action plan has been put in place to ensure that the recommendations were implemented.
The Sexual Health Promotion Specialist at Sexual Health Sheffield said: “The award is thoroughly deserved as
I know how hard the team work and how passionate they are about making Sheffield a great city for young
people. The evidence and recommendations in the Young Advisors’ report will really help us focus our attention
to ensure we improve and develop our services for young people in our city.”
Sheffield Futures provide training, guidance and support to the Young Advisors to ensure that they are providing
a quality youth-proofing service.
We believe that it is important
to bring young people from
all backgrounds together,
to celebrate difference and
diversity. Each year our
Community Youth Teams who
work city-wide, get together
to hold an event to celebrate
International Youth Day. The
event in August 2015 saw
young people form teams to
play sports, crafts and cling
on to the Bucking Bronco!
Sheffield Futures’ social action project
Sheffieldr recruited volunteers to brighten
up volunteer-run Stocksbridge Community
Leisure Centre. The group gave the
disabled entrance to the freshly opened
swimming pool a much-needed lick of
Young volunteer, Isaac Hanson said: “I
feel that it is really important, especially
as a Member of Sheffield Youth Council, to
give back to the communities that we live in.
I feel very glad to have been able to help!”
Each year young people vote to decide the biggest issues facing young people in the UK today, and the UK Youth
Parliament bring these to a debate at the House of Commons. Over 90,000 young people voted to say that tackling
racism and religious discrimination was an issue that they were most concerned about.
Young people in Sheffield, at our ‘Don’t Hate, Educate’ event pledged to help make a difference:
• I pledge to report hate crime if I ever witness it and to educate people with my knowledge of the LGBT community
• I pledge to ask people why they are prejudice and I will try to educate them
• I pledge to discuss and educate my friends as well as people at my school, so it encourages people to be able to
talk more openly
• I will create PHSE days in my school with my peers
• I will not allow hate crime that I see to continue, whether it is verbal or physical, by intervening at an early stage
“Young people predominantly
receive negative press, but we want to show that
young people in our city have a lot to offer. We want to promote
volunteering and would encourage them to get involved in any
opportunities with Sheffield Futures.”
Involvement and Enrichment Manager, Sheffield Futures
MEANINGFUL PROGRESSION INTO EDUCATION,
Fewer people work in Sheffield than the national average and “youth unemployment has significant
implications for the health and well-being of the city.” (Sheffield Joint Strategic Needs Assessment -
Position Statement 2013) We believe that where you are born should not determine the opportunities
you are offered, or your success in life. Everyone has the right to a bright future and the chance to
achieve the best that they can.
At Sheffield Futures, we support people of all ages and abilities to make meaningful progression into education
employment and training. We improve employability skills by offering young people opportunities to get involved in a
variety of projects, from advising how youth services should be run, to giving back to local communities through social
We want to reach people at any stage, so we run drop-in Job Clubs five days a week, for adults and young people. Our
services are fully accessible, with staff are based all over the city, in our one-stop-shop at Star House, our Community
Youth Teams, in schools, Job Centres, and more. Sheffield Futures aims to support people to progress into education,
employment and training through the following outcomes:
• Improved engagement and attainment, with education, employment and training
• Increased awareness of opportunities and options for education, training and employment
• Improved employability skills
As part of our Future
Shapers programme, we
mentor 944 young people
in school and, of these,
have shown improvements
in attendance, attitude
We have supported
young people in
Sheffield into education,
Our All Age Guidance
team have helped
satisfied adult clients
to progress into
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING
produce an Options
Guide with all the
need to make decisions
about their next steps. The
Options Guide is provided
to 26 schools in
At Sheffield Futures we
understand that many young
people lack employability skills
that can be gained in other ways.
Talent Match Sheffield City Region
has helped 41young people to find
volunteering opportunities, with a
further 40 finding apprenticeships
and 130 entering
We have met with
young people with Special
Educational Needs and/or
Disabilities to provide
information, advice, guidance
Sheffield City Region
young people to gain
schools, including all
Special Schools, in
Sheffield and our service
John did not take any exams at school and didn’t work or study in the seven months after leaving school. I met
him to discuss his options and what he was interested in.
Our first visit to a construction training provider didn’t go well. After John had taken his Maths and English
assessment tests, the tutor informed him that he “was not up to doing the course” and that they could not offer
him a place. John was deflated and upset, so we worked together to build his self-esteem and a few days later,
we attended another interview with a training provider. After the assessments, the provider offered him a place
and he was happy to accept!
A few months into his placement, John expressed an interest in spending time at the Army Preparation Unit based
with the training provider. He is doing very well and has progressed from being a very quiet young man into a
proactive person with leadership qualities! His worker says “finding an activity that inspires Sam has been the
catalyst to reach his full potential.”
IMPROVED HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
In Sheffield, it is a sad fact that 1 in 5 young people in Year 10 said that they feel stressed, while 1
in 10 said they felt depressed “most of the time” (Sheffield Every Child Matters survey 2014-15). It
is also estimated that around half of adult mental health problems starts before the age of 14.
At Sheffield Futures, we know that early intervention and support is vital, if we are to prevent issues escalating
into adolescence and adulthood. In addition to meeting well-being needs through our other core areas of work,
our staff and services all support the following outcomes for young people
• Strengthen relationships, access to support and social networks
• Increase young people’s sense of resilience and confidence
• Work with partner agencies to improve physical, emotional and sexual health of young people
Our skilled and dedicated staff are experts at engaging with young people to unearth underlying causes and will work
holistically with the young person and a variety of agencies to support young people to be happy, healthy and safe.
Well-being issues in young people are not
always immediately transparent, and young
people can present with a variety of issues,
• Antisocial or criminal behaviour
• Alcohol or substance misuse
• School exclusions
• Speech and language difficulties
• Emotional, learning or behavioural difficulties
• Running away from home
At our youth clubs for young people with
learning disabilities and difficulties, we
promote healthy lifestyles with exercise
and information about balanced diets.
“It’s important to know where your food comes
from, so we grow fruit and vegetables in our
youth club’s garden. We want to teach young
people how to cook fresh meals from scratch,
a skill that will provide not just health, but
Sheffield Joint Strategic Needs Assessment states “Key to achieving good sexual health outcomes is the commissioning
of universal open access sexual health services.”
As part of our response to emerging local need, we launched a Sexual Health Drop-in at Star House,
run by trained youth workers within a welcoming and confidential environment.
One young person said “I find the service easy to access. I’m pleased it’s somewhere that I already visit so I don’t have
to make an extra journey or go to place where it’s obvious why I’m attending.”
Sheffield Futures partnered with Sheffield
Youth Justice Service to deliver the SEND
Custody Project which provided professionals
with up to date information on the Special
Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
(SEND) Reform and the Education Health
and Care Plan (EHCP) process and helped
them to effectively support young people.
Many of the training delegates reported an
increased knowledge in the issues facing
young people with SEND needs in custody
and the policies that govern this.
In 2015-16 we provided
one-to-one support to
young people, helping
them to make positive
life choices and
improve their health
In 2015-16 Sheffield
pieces of equipment to
youth groups so that
they could participate
in outdoor activities,
A group of young people expressed
an interest in boxing to one of our CYT
workers, so we started a new boxing
project. Initially, the group lacked
confidence but they quickly gained a
sense of achievement for their successes.
The project covered self control and
the importance of anger management,
as well as physical and mental health,
team work skills and healthy lifestyles.
We launched Mi Book
‘A pocket guide to your life
in Sheffield’ which deals with
issues to do with health and
relationships and signposts
young people to places and
people who can help. Further
to this, we developed the Mi
LifeMapp app in
project with Northern
General Hospital and Sheffield
Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust, ensuring that all 16-19 year
olds needs are recognised on
entering A&E and that they gain a
fast track referral to support from CYT,
was named Highly Commended
in the Children and Young People
Now Awards for Partnership
We have set up 7
sustainable sports clubs
and do sports activities in
all of our youth clubs. In
2015-16 we held 3
Young people on the Future Shapers programme have their own Mentor who tailors
support to meet their needs. This could be to gain confidence, attend extra-curricular
activities, improve attendance, gain qualifications, socialise with other young people,
search for employment and much more.
Part of Future Shapers is Xtra Push, a fun-filled personal development training
programme aimed at helping young people to gain confidence, assertiveness,
control and show commitment.
One school’s Associate Leader said: “Xtra Push has been a very positive programme
for our students and we’re very happy to celebrate the success of Future Shapers at
our school. It really is a fantastic programme for young people and I’m so happy that
everyone is fully engaging with it.”
One young person said: “Xtra Push taught me not to give up as you’ll never succeed
in life if you give up when it gets tough. I now know that if I don’t do things right the
first time, that I can always do it again and that it’s important to have patience and
One Sheffield school’s Assistant Head Teacher said: “They were all so much calmer
after the sessions.“
The Year 10 Manager, agreed and said: “I think it’s helped with their self confidence,
I’ve seen a real difference.”
young people have
participated in Xtra
Push in 2015-16
Thank you so much to my
daughter’s Mentor and the team,
they have been so involved and
done so many activities with
my daughter. Without Future
Shapers, I really don’t know how
my daughter would be now.
HOW WE GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY
Sheffield Futures undertakes a variety of activities to reinvest back in to local communities and add value, such
as: fundraising activities, campaigns to tackle national issues, volunteer opportunities, providing training and
events that bring together young people and decision makers, which enables their voice to be heard.
A volunteer’s story:
I am convinced that, given the chance, each individual has
something special they can build on in their future. The Xtra
Push programme gives young people the opportunity to learn
what those skills are and I am glad I was part of it.
To anyone who might be interested in volunteering with
Sheffield Futures I would say: join in! The only things you have
to bring is an open mind and enthusiasm. No matter if you are
experienced in youth work or not, this is definitely one of the
best opportunities to learn about others and yourself!
We regularly hold events for young
people that give attendees the chance
to speak about wider issues facing
young people. In 2015-16, we held
a Young People’s Question Time with
Festival of Debate, the theme was
youth unemployment and fit in with our
#AFutureForAll campaign to get all
young people earning or learning.
In 2015-16, volunteers and staff ran
the Yorkshire Half Marathon to raise
funds for Sheffield Futures! We will be
holding lots more fundraising events
over the next year - keep an eye on
for more information!
Do you like what you see
and want to get involved?
If you’re interested in becoming a
Fundraiser, Ambassador or Volunteer, get
in touch today to see how you can help us
to grow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Commitment to Quality
At Sheffield Futures we understand that high quality services need to be responsive to both the long and short term
needs of our service users and our stakeholders. We are committed to ensuring that we provide high quality service
user experiences, wherever and however young people engage with us.
We can only achieve this through the skills and dedication of our staff. We are committed to promoting professional
development to meet the needs of our service users. Our in-house NVQ Centre also provides training to meet the needs
of local organisations.
The voice of young people is at the heart of all that we do at Sheffield Futures and they are involved at every stage of
shaping our services, through providing opportunities for them to influence the people and policies that affect them.
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