Project information

The Cellar Space

Within our therapeutic environment, to provide personalised programmes of engagement to young people not engaging with full time education.

September 2011 - August 2012

Charity information

Furnival Burngreave Community Projects

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  • Need


    The Cellar Space works with vulnerable young people between the ages of 11 and 16 who are not engaging with education. Some of our young people find themselves excluded or at risk of exclusion while others are referred because of their poor attendance when they find the social context of school difficult. Many of our young people come from Sheffield’s most socially & economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods & have complex needs, including phobias, extreme anxiety, & other mental health needs


    We provide personalised programmes of engagement based on young people’s strengths and interests. We aim to build self esteem and confidence and promote positive social interaction which supports young people’s re-engagement with learning.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To re-engage 70% of young people back into education


    » Provide personalised support sessions to young people referred to us

    Success will be... seeing this evidenced through our database

    Aim 2

    To see a reduction in emotional, conduct, peer difficulties & hyperactivity.


    » Provide a therapeuctic environment for personalised sessions

    Success will be... seeing these reductions evidenced in our questionnaires which are completed by young people themselves, parents and professionals

  • Impact


    We believe that by supporting young people to re-engage with education, we are able to vastly improve their life outcomes. We also believe by raising their self esteem, confidence and resilience we give them the chance to succeed in the future. We also know that our young people exhibit many risk factors for future criminal activity, poverty and mental health difficulties


    Our young people's lives are often chaotic and subject to many variables. We deal with this by trying to have close liaison with parents and other services.


    We will ensure they receive a copy of our annual report which outlines our work over the year. We are happy to provide more frequent updates if required.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £87,745

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      Amount Heading Description
      £78,208 Salary costs 2.5 full time equivelant plus sessional staff
      £9,537 Running cost Insurance, audit fees, consumables etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Lankelly Chase £13,000 Guaranteed
    Equitable Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
    Church Burgesses Fund £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We operate from the Burngreave area of Sheffield but serve the wider city. 74% of our young people come from areas with high IMD scores


    Of our current young people; 61% live in lone parent households; 56% are in households dependent on benefits; 13% live in overcrowded conditions; 8% have a parent with a disability or long term limiting illness; 74% have parents with low educational achievement and 35% have a parental history of mental health. Additionally, 74% of the children have or have had some social care involvement and many have experienced either domestic

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a long established reputation with schools and the local authority to deliver this kind of work. We are the only centre particularly equipped to provide therapeuctic work for the educationallty disengaged.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ben Harper

    Centre Manager. 10 years working in this field. Pgce for leadership of behaviour and attendance. Ongoing mental health training.

    Caroline Turner

    Art therapist. Over 10 years working with young people. Art therapist for 5 years.

    Mark Howarth

    Learning Mentor. Over 10 years working with young people in schools and youth work settings. Ongoing mental health training

    Hannah Jackson

    Learning Mentor. 10 years working with young people in various settings. Ongoing mental health training