The Changing Futures programme is a £64 million joint initiative by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The fund is for local organisations to work in partnership to better support those who experience multiple disadvantage, including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system.
Our Coproduction and Peer Support service will be delivered in partnership with Crisis and will support the Changing Futures programme in Sheffield.
The principles that guide our Coproduction and Peer Support service include:
We have opportunities for people to volunteer with us as a Peer Mentors and as Co-production Volunteers. We’d also like to collaborate with local with partners to test things like our coproduction training and our co-evaluation tools. Find out more about our volunteer opportunities below.
For more information, or if you’re interested in any of our opportunities, contact Kate Walsh, programme manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve also created a summary of the Changing Futures project, and you can download it here.Download the summary
“For me, the best thing would be to have one-to-one support from someone who knows what it’s like, someone who’s been through similar and doesn’t judge.”Co-design participant, September 2021
As a Changing Futures Peer Mentor, you’ll be a beacon of hope to others, provide proof that recovery is possible and help people to thrive.
You’ll work with people both in groups and individually, to:
Find out more and apply here.
“I’ve never heard the term co-production or worked in this way before, but it’s been so rewarding. I feel like my voice has been heard and that I’ve made a difference.”Co-design participant, June 2021
We want our employees, customers and volunteers to work collaboratively to co-create our Changing Futures programme. As a co-production volunteer you will:
Find out more and apply here.
We’ll have plenty of other volunteering opportunities to get involved in. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to the above roles, you can still express an interest and we’ll be in touch to talk about options for using your lived experience to help us in other ways.
You’ll be able to make the role your own, use your valuable experiences to help others, and experience many benefits yourself.
We’re sure that our volunteers will:
We want to understand your goals and help you to achieve them – our team will be with you every step of the way to provide support, and help you to develop within your role.
You’ll receive a thorough induction, regular one to one supervision, a personal development plan, and access to lots of relevant training – including the fantastic Peer Support and Mentoring Accredited Level 2 qualification, which will be delivered by our partners at Crisis.
We’ll also provide access to a co-designed ‘skills accelerator’ fund to support additional training or qualifications.
We’re looking for enthusiastic and passionate people with experience of dealing with overlapping problems at the same time, such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system.
Ideally, you’ll have been in recovery for at least 1 year, be at the right point in your journey and will have embedded positive change that can inspire others.
If you think you can share your experiences to make a difference, please complete our expression of interest form and we’ll be in touch for an informal chat, or give us a call on: 0114 2900200 and ask for a member of the Changing Futures Team.