Element Society is a development and advocacy charity for young people based in Sheffield. We deliver social action and enterprise programmes to young people and vulnerable adults.
Since 2013 we have empowered 2,000 young people to change their communities, raise their own aspirations and become role models to their peers.
Element Society’s objective is the advancement in life of young people by providing support and activities which develop their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals.
Our aim is to recognise and develop the assets young people have, and the asset young people are to their communities
We design and deliver informal learning, social action, and community capacity building activities to empower young people.
Our principal area of work is the delivery of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a programme for 15 to 17-year-olds. Our performance to date includes 38 NCS programmes over 1900 young people; 125 social action projects; over 110,000 hours of young people volunteering at a calculated value of £630,000 to Sheffield.
Our other areas include:
– Special Education NEEDs programmes – Learning Through Nature
– NEETs – Enterprise and employability challenges, Training programmes, Action learning programme to develop a cookbook for NEETs by NEETs;
– Newly arrived communities – Language and British Values programme, Community Health education
– Social Action Projects – over 30 social action projects per year. Recognised nationally.
– Leadership – Various courses for young people. Over 200 participants in 2017.
– Sector Training – Upskilling the sector to better work with young people
– Advocacy – Element Youth Board, Open Mic Nights, Youth stages at festivals such as Migration Matters and Mel Fest.
All our interventions are co-designed, co-created and supported by young people.
On an organisational level, we have a successful partnership with English Football League Trust. Operationally we partner with other third sector organisations including: The Children’s Hospital; Regional Care homes; Age UK; Autism Plus; Cancer Research; RSPCA; MIND; Nacro; Royal Society for the Blind; Shelter.