What we do

Element Society is an independent youth-led charity which has empowered over 3,000 young people to change their lives and their communities since it launched in 2013. Our young people have completed over 165,000 hours of voluntary work in Sheffield which is worth nearly £1.2 million to Sheffield.

Element empowers young people to change their communities, raise their own aspirations and become role models to their peers.

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.