Sheffield youth organisation looking for 50 young ambassadors to work in communities

A Sheffield youth organisation is recruiting 50 ambassadors who will be working to create community projects to help people in their area recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Saturday, 23rd January 2021, 11:00 am

Element Society in Sheffield are setting a new Community Responder team to do this work.

Over the coming weeks, they are aiming to recruit and train at least 50 ambassadors based across the city who will lead their own community projects.

Element Society, which is a charity based in Yorkshire House, Leopold Street, describes itself as “an independent youth-led organisation which has empowered over 4,000 young people to change their lives and their communities since opening in 2013.

Youth organisation the Element Society

“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,” said a spokesman.

This new project is led by Jasmine Watson, Dave Green and Tashinga Matewe.

However, they expain that the critical work on the ground will be carried out by Sheffield young people, aged 16 to 24, based in local communities.

The spokesman said: “The project’s initial stages will be carried out remotely until it is safe to work face to face.

“There will be full use of digital formats, including videos of the challenges faced in our local areas.

“This project will show the best of Sheffield’s youth and point new ways forward as we come out of the pandemic.

"We would like as many people as possible, from politics, education, community leadership and the media, to support us in this vital work.”

The charity, which was launched in 2013, says it is working to empower young people.

It has supported more than 180 social action projects which have tackled a wide range of issues including knife crime, racism, mental health, inclusivity, climate change, road safety and child sexual exploitation.

Element has a youth board that sits in parallel with the board of trustees, attends the main board meetings and can run its own projects and also work with the organisation’s senior leaders.

Find out more at the website, https://www.elementsociety.co.uk/

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