Sheffield City Council supports new initiatives and projects.

Through small grants schemes, Sheffield City Council have previously supported numerous initiatives and small projects Element Society have run. These are of huge importance to the way Element Society runs, as smaller projects that engage well with young people often grow into much bigger things - Blue Dot and Red Light are great examples of this! In recent times this has included funding for:

  • A Dragons Den where groups of young people pitch to the Dragons (on this occasion, councillors Ruth Mersereau and Douglas Johnson) for funding to run their own social action projects to support, promote or fundraise for people in need or community organisations in Sheffield.
  • Granting us funding to start an after-school homework club for young people who don't have the space, environment or resources to study at home.
  • Funding a staff team to run the Youth Force project - a social media campaign lead by young people that encourages actions to stop the spread of Coronavirus, and fights the stereotype that young people don't care about safety issues around the pandemic.

Brand Manager Matt, who manages the smaller projects at Element Society said this of the work that's been done due to this funding;

The projects funded by Sheffield City council are really important to Element Society, the funding from the council always has a big focus on projects being youth-lead, which is what Element is all about! In recent pandemic times too it's brought out the best in so many young people who've engaged with the project and done so much good at such a difficult time.

Reseach and training partnerships

Element is committed to best practice when it comes to youth work and safeguarding. Sheffield City Council sponsor our safeguarding membership in Sheffield to help out with training costs, and we work with them to research the most effective ways to engage with young people in the city, which helps other community and non-profit organisations in the city benefit from the work we do.

To find out more about the services Sheffield City Council offer, visit their website.