Sheffield children give up time to volunteer

Youngsters from Woodthorpe Youth Club have cleared a very over-grown garden at Herdings Youth Club as part of a Sheffield Futures social action project.
Youngsters from Woodthorpe Youth Club have cleared a very over-grown garden at Herdings Youth Club as part of a Sheffield Futures social action project.
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You’d be forgiven for thinking kids in the school holidays are content to lounge about playing on games consoles and watching TV - but not these selfless volunteers.

Dozens of youngsters are giving up a small part of their precious school summer break to help communities and get stuck into projects - changing perceptions about young people in the process.

Schemes run by Sheffield Futures are giving people between the ages of 11 and 19 the chance to volunteer, learn new skills and boost their CV.

Recent projects have involved the painting of a mural to represent the diverse backgrounds of those who attend Parson Cross Boxing Gym.

More recently, a team of young helpers spent hours restoring the gardens at Herdings Youth Club on Morland Road.

The social action projects aim to show young people in a different light.

Think tank Demos analysed six national newspapers over the past 10 years and found that the words most commonly associated with ‘teenagers’, ‘youth’ and ‘young people’ were ‘binge-drinking’, ‘yobs’ and ‘crime’.

The organisation hopes getting young people active in their communities is the key to giving the city’s youth a more positive image.

A Sheffield Futures spokesman said: “Sheffield Futures’ social action project, Sheffieldr, has enlisted young people who are enthusiastic to get involved with all projects big and small.

“Volunteering ensures positive change in the young people’s lives, as they gain valuable experience such as teamwork and life skills.”

He said more helpers were needed to spruce up parts of Sheffield.

“Sheffield Futures are always looking for young volunteers to get involved and organisations that may be in need of transforming a community space.

“It is a unique and exciting opportunity that will see young volunteers help organisations for free for one day events or over a couple of sessions.”

Call 0114 201 2800 to get involved.