About Us About Us What we do We are a non-profit organisation based in Sheffield that supports young people to achieve the unbelievable. We do this by delivering programmes and workshops designed to empower young people to make a positive change in their communities, raise their aspirations and become role models to their peers. We do this by making young people feel valued individually and as part of a community, encouraging young people to try something new or achieve something greater and providing the means to give young people better prospects for the future. Since opening in 2013, we have empowered over 4,000 young people to change their lives and their communities. Young people on Element’s programmes have completed over 181,000 volunteer work hours, making a difference in Sheffield’s lives and communities. This vital voluntary action has contributed at least £1.7 million of impact to the city. Find out more about: Our Projects Our Impact Our Partners The charity began working with just 12 young people. It swiftly ballooned due to its ethos and youth empowerment attitude. Element now works with at least 500 young people each year of all abilities, backgrounds and religions. Element has supported over 180 social action projects which have tackled issues including knife crime, racism, mental health, inclusivity, climate change, road safety, child sexual exploitation and many more topics that matter to young people. Element has a presence in 11 secondary schools, the Special schools and pupil referral units. We also connect with other charities, faith organisations, homeless charities and community organisations to ensure that we are inclusive. 65% of our young people identify as from BAMER backgrounds. Independent to this statistic, 15% self-identify as having special education needs. Element is truly youth-led with a Youth Board that sits in parallel to the Board of Trustees. The Youth Board attends Board of Trustee meetings, has its own operational capacity to run projects and coproduces projects with the Senior Leadership Team. The groups we support The age range is primarily 16 to 18-year-olds, however, certain projects work with 14 -24-year-olds. Although Element is open to all young people of Sheffield, we have activities to support targeted groups: Young people living with Special Needs Refugees / displaced migrants Young people from areas with high rates of poverty Care leavers and young people in care Young people struggling with mental health Roma and Slovak young people Element has supported over 180 social action projects in Sheffield that have tackled issues including knife crime, racism, mental health, inclusivity, climate change, road safety, child sexual exploitation and many more topics that matter to young people. Legal definition of Element’s Charitable Objectives As a registered charity, Element has the legal capacity to undertake activity for the benefit of society. The legal definition of Element’s activity has been ratified by the Charity Commission and it is against this definition that Element must report to the Charity Commission. To date, 100% of Element’s activity work and expenditure has matched this definition. 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.