my example

Reach South Sheffield

Reach South Sheffield logo

Reach South Sheffield is a registered charity operating in the south of Sheffield supporting local people to build confidence and resilience, so that they can make positive changes for themselves, their families and their communities.

Get Connected Befriender 2019/20

This opportunity takes place between 17 Dec 2018 and 31 Aug 2020.

Live Better: Get Connected is a financial inclusion and social engagement service that offers 1:1 and group support for people who are over 50 in Sheffield, in the areas of Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Greenhill and Beauchief. Your role will consist of helping service users develop the skills to successfully connect with their local community. This will include attending activity sessions with service users to help overcome the initial fear and anxiety that comes with starting something new, you will then reflect on the session to highlight what was good or bad about the experience. You may also attend Sheffield Credit Union appointments with the service user where needed, to help facilitate improving their financial situation. Another key part of your role will be delivering wellbeing conversations with your service user. An interactive kit has been designed in partnership with Sheffield Hallam, which will help emote conversations around financial wellbeing, social engagement and goal setting. You will ideally be able to offer at least one day a week and be able to support the role for at 12 months after training. Due to the nature of the geographical area, you will need to be a independent traveller using public transport or your own vehicle and driving license. Travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with Reach South Sheffield policy.

What skills do I need?

We are looking for people who are comfortable talking to anyone and are able to make strong relationships with people. You'll be interested in helping people who are 50+ and be aware of the issues they may face. You will have some experience of supporting people 1:1 but most importantly be a good listener. When delivering wellbeing conversations you will be required to record service users answers, therefore basic IT skills and good organisation are essential to the role.

What will I gain?

As a Get Connected Befriender you will gain some great experience supporting someone on a 1:1 basis, and acquire a range of skills and knowledge surrounding social isolation and financial hardship. You will be invited to take part in events happening within Reach South Sheffield and celebrations such as the volunteer Christmas meal.

Training and support

You will be fully supported in this role by the Live Better Coordinator. This will include full training prior to starting the role as well as ongoing training opportunities to further develop yourself, and you will receive supervision every 3 months. There is also the opportunity to attend group meetings with other volunteers in the service.

Time commitment

The volunteer opportunity is for up to 6 months with the option to continue for a further 6 months. Time commitment may vary each week dependent on the activity or appointment schedule of the person you are supporting.







DBS (criminal records) check



Various locations across Lowedges, Batemoor, Jordanthorpe, Beauchief, Greenhill and Gleadless Valley

Travel information

Volunteers should be confident independent travellers. Due to the nature of the geographical area, you will need to be a independent traveller using public transport or your own vehicle and driving license. Travel expenses will be reimbursed in line with Reach South Sheffield Policy
  • CausesHealth, Older people, Social isolation
  • FrequencyFlexible
  • WhenMonday morning, Monday afternoon, Monday evening, Tuesday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening
  • Skills and InterestsAdvice and information, Befriending, Communication skills, Listening, Teamwork
  • Careers and AspirationsPsychology, Social work, Third sector and charity work

Featured Opportunities

Covid-19 Response

We have received many requests from students who want to know how they can help. We have put together a list of local organisations that are looking for volunteer help (both remote and in person) and will keep this updated as we become aware of new needs/requests.

Homelessness - Get informed and support local charities

What are local organisations doing to support the homeless and vulnerable community during this tough time? Read here to find out more and support people in need

Help Local Food Banks

Local Food banks need your help now more than ever. Look out for collection points in the supermarkets and donate some food if you can, or volunteer your time to make a difference. Click on the image to read more.