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Taking part in your community

Taking part in your community includes being involved in local activities which you are interested in or want to make a difference to. 

This can help you:

  • Make friends
  • Influence local decisions
  • Learn new skills

Opportunities to influence local decisions

Sheffield Young Cabinet and UK Youth Parliament enable young people aged 11 to 18 years from different backgrounds and abilities to get involved and help bring about improvement and change. Together, they bring young people’s concerns, views and opinions to influence key decision makers locally, regionally and nationally.  

The Children in Care Council is a group for individuals aged 13 to 18 years who are in care.  They work hard on a range of creative projects of their choosing that help change the lives of young people who are being brought up through the care system. 

Sheffield Care Leavers' Union is made up of care leavers who are aged 18 to 25 years from different backgrounds. Together they focus on trying to make changes to the care system for young people in care and giving care leavers the best chance of a positive future.

Chilypep Sheffield empowers children and young people to have a say in what happens in their lives and their communities.   

Young Healthwatch helps children and young people to have their say on health and social care services and make them more accessible for other young people who need them. 

Sheffield Hospital Youth Forum is looking for young people aged 16 to 24 years who are patients, have been patients or are young carers of someone who is a patient at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital. The forum works hard to ensure that young adults' views are heard to improve services. For more information please contact Rachel Macqueen, Registered Nurse Children and Young People, on 07584530511, or email

Sheffield Futures run the following youth clubs for young people aged 14 to 24 years with learning disabilities:
Leo’s LDD club: Monday 6-8pm, Centre in the Park, Guildford Avenue, Norfolk Park, Sheffield S2 2PL
Milan LDD club: Tuesday 6-8pm, Milan Youth Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield S5 7JS
Herdings LDD club: Wednesday 6-8pm, Herdings Youth Centre, Morland Road, Herdings, Sheffield S14 1DT
Just turn up to your chosen club and a Youth Worker will help you to complete the registration form. For further information contact Sheffield Futures on 0114 2012800 or email  

Volunteering opportunities  

There is a range of volunteering opportunities available in Sheffield.  If you are aged 14 to 25 years with learning difficulties and want to volunteer, here are some opportunities you may want to explore further: 

Sheffield Volunteer Centre provides a drop-in centre from Monday to Wednesday, 10am-4pm. Advisers will help and support individuals to find the right volunteering role.
Telephone: 0114 253 6649 Email:

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust runs programmes for young people aged 14yrs+ with learning disabilities to explore and develop essential skills for independent living and gain farm-based vocational skills in animal care and horticulture.
Telephone: 0114 236 0096  Email:

Young Healthwatch welcomes volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds aged 14 to 25 years, to get involved in everything from stalls and focus groups where they listen to the public, to working on research projects and influencing decision-makers.  
If you want to help other young people have their say, get in touch – they will help you to get involved in a way that showcases your skills.
Telephone: 0114 253 6688 Email:

Last reviewed: 15/02/2021
Information owner: Commissioning Inclusion and Learning Service

Last Updated: 07/05/2021
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