Useful Local Organisations
Sir John Timpson has written three books about attachment: A Guide to Attachment, How to Create A Positive Future and Looking After Looked After Children. These books are freely available to help raise wider awareness of the reasons why some looked after children behave in ways that are challenging and perplexing. Simply visit your local Timpson, Johnsons the Cleaners or Max Spielman store and ask for a free copy of the book/s you would like.
The Alex Timpson Trust is the official company charity of the Timpson Group. The charity’s main aim is to help schools better respond to the emotional needs of looked after (fostered and adopted) children. The Alex Timpson Trust supports the development of training courses on attachment awareness.
The Centenary Project aims to effectively engage, nurture and disciple a new generation of young people, children and families. They aim to equip local churches with the resources to employ workers in parishes or groups of parishes where a significant difference can be made. They have a bias towards more deprived areas; aiming to help those parishes who wouldn’t be able to appoint without their help. Click on the logo to find out more.
Eden sends and supports teams of urban missionaries in deprived neighbourhoods to live sacrifically, share the gospel and build authentic community. There is an Eden in Fir Vale in Sheffield. They are a team of volunteers who follow Jesus and love their community. They work in schools, run youth groups and more. They want to see Fir Vale thriveand do whatever they can think of to make that happen, whether it's providing free maths tuition, throwing a barbecue or creating spaces for people to hear Jesus' message for themselves.
12% of Sheffield secondary school pupils say they feel depressed or sad most of the time. This site is all about helping 12-18 year olds to help or understand their friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally. Set up in association with Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Includes a useful PSHE lesson plan, video and posters for teachers. Click on the image above to visit the website.
Golddigger Trust is a Sheffield charity working with young people around issues of self esteem and sexual exploitation. They run 'I'm The Girl I Want To Be' courses for girls (11-18) and 'Made of More' courses for boys (11-18). These are delivered in schools and youth groups around the Sheffield region. They also offer these courses as a weekend residential organised in conjunction with the hosting youth worker/school.
They also run a session called 'Choose your own Adventure' which is about child sexual exploitation, e-safety and abusive relationships for young people aged 13-18.
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Hope UK is a national charity providing drug and alcohol education and training for children and young people, parents and youth workers. They equip young people to make drug free choices. They have recently created a new resources section on their website which is full of online resources for schools, churches and families to use at home. Andy Lawley is a working pharmicist and Sheffield and project worker for Hope UK. You can contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the image above to visit the Hope UK website.
Missional Generation equips young people to be influential for God in every arena of life. They seek to help the Church strengthen its voice and be at the cutting edge in society once again. They are convinced that young people and their leaders can ignite this into action to see transformation within their local context. They create a number of practical resources for young people to connect with God and live missionally – from daily devotions to VR and AR apps. Click on the logo or title to find out more about them and their available resources.
Sheffield artist Helena Mackevych creates greetings cards, homeware and other items, some of which are of an overtly Christian nature. She has lovely cards which you could send to a child you know who is starting school (nursery, primary or secondary) or starting in a new class. She also has encouraging cards for occasions such as exams, or cards that you could send to teachers or other school staff. Visit her website by clicking on the image.
The Sheffield Down Syndrome Support Group (SHEDS) is a support group for families who have a child with Down's syndrome and live in and around Sheffield. Their aim is for families to provide advice, support and friendship to each other and to exchange information on how to best support their children.
The group is not a registered charity but is a voluntary support group affiliated to the national Down's Syndrome Association. Their members raise funds for activities through sponsored activities, and they also occasionally receive contributions from local businesses.
School Pastors is an initiative of Ascension Trust (who also set up the perhaps better known Street Pastors). The role of the School Pastors is to 'promote safety and aim to reduce anti-social behaviour. School pastors are there to listen, care and help young people to become good citizens.' Their website contains lots of information about becoming a School Pastor. Click on the image above to visit the website.
Sometimes school is not the best environment for young people to grow. By providing the right environment, Shaped help young people thrive. Quality education needs the foundation of strong, positive relationships. When wellbeing is high, relationships are secure, learning tends to flow, and young people tend to grow. Shaped was established as an organisation in August 2019, and has been developed by founder and Chief Executive, Dave Warman. Dave has been delivering solutions to help young people overcome barriers to learning, in a variety of settings, since 2004.
South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening Service is a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide Chaplaincy, Listening and Training services to support people through the challenges of life. Partnering with organisations to help them create an environment of holistic well-being for the people in their care.. Click on the image above to visit the website.
St Peter’s College Resource Centre, a lending library that is available to be used free of charge to everybody living within the Diocese of Sheffield. With currently over 10,000 resources available to borrow including books, puppets, reminiscence resources, Godly play, badge-making machines, small group and teaching resources, giant garden games, and parachutes. Click on the title or logo to visit the website.
The Family Works is a family support programme developed by a local church that works with families in Sheffield. They offer time, encouragement and support for the whole family through trained people who want to walk the journey with you. The Family Works was developed with the support of St John’s Owlerton, who long to see the tide of family breakdown turned in our communities. The Family Works is made up of volunteer Family Mentors from the local community who build encouraging and positive relationships with families. This amazing work is supported by a staff team of dedicated Link Workers who ‘walk’ families through support with other agencies or networks. Click on the logo or title to visit the website and find out more.
The Message Trust recently secured a building in Woodseats in Sheffield from which they will be launching enterprise work offering fair pay, training, specialised pastoral care and discipleship to ex-offenders and those at risk of re-offending. From the building they hope to provide an enterprise centre, rented offices as well as an events space, and a Community Grocery.
'A residential activity centre where young people can hear the Christian message.'
The Oakes is an interdenominational Christian charity, whose aim is to provide a holiday centre for 8-18 year olds. Some camps are for school groups and complement R.E. curriculums and the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) units of work. Each camp is action-packed and fun-filled, offering a variety of activities from rafts to crafts. Fiona's children loved visiting! Click on the image above to visit the website.