Covid-19 Response

How can I help in the Covid-19 crisis? 

We have received many requests from students who want to know how they can help. At the moment the best thing you can do for your community is to stay away from your community. However if you do want to do something, we have put together a list of local organisations that are looking for volunteer help (both remote and in person roles) and will keep this updated as we become aware of new needs/requests. 

Please only consider helping out in person if you are well and able to, and not self-isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

 

Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) are co-ordinating a city-wide response, by building a network of local community hubs and gathering interest from volunteers who wish to support elderly, frail, disabled, and vulnerable people and families in Sheffield - with remote and in person volunteering opportunities. 

VAS are actively recruiting volunteers for the Sheffield Healthy Holidays project, which will support approx. 7,500 children across the city to access activities and food provision over the summer holidays. Register with VAS as a volunteer and you'll be able to sign up for shifts with the Healthy Holidays project, and apply for other roles with charities and organisations approved by VAS. Read more details and apply on this website.

VAS have created this Sheffield COVID Support Map, on which you can search for organisations who need help in your local area. It details support offered by street level groups such as mutual aid, and community hubs. The map is live, and a work in progress; it points to where you can go to get information or support; or to offer to volunteer. It also contains some really good advice and guidance. To view the map and info, please click here

Download and install the Now Then App (free for Android and Apple devices), for regular COVID-19 updates and more information about the city’s community response.

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Sheffield City Council has set up a community response for Sheffield residents.

The Community Helpline helps anyone who is shielding, self-isolating or vulnerable and aren’t already getting help and have no family or friends to call on. Please read and share this digital version of the postcard From 8:45am- 4:45pm, members of the public can call 0114 273 4567 and have the option to ask any questions or concerns relating to the current Coronavirus situation.

Sheffield City Council YouTube Channel has lots of short films you may find useful.

For updates on Council Services, please see this website or suscribe to email alerts here

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If you are a Medical Student, MedSoc are working with the Medical School to organise a volunteer scheme here.

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Are you interacting with people with sight loss during the Covid-19 pandemic? Guide Dogs have put together some suggestions on this webpage about basic communication principles to consider when interacting with people with sight loss, whilst delivering items to their house and other general tips.

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There are many Food banks who are in need of donations at this tough time - food, money and volunteers. Can you help?

Food banks are running low on certain items so we really encourage you to support your local Food bank if you’re able to.

You can find your local Food bank using this Trussell Trust map and visit their website to see what’s happening in your area. Or to directly see what items are needed at your local Food bank (wherever in the UK you are), use this handy search function from Trussell Trust and Give Food. 

The Trussell Trust have lots of useful information on their website, browse it and read more here. The Trussell Trust has also started a new volunteer programme, so if you'd like to donate your time, click here to find out more and sign up to opportunities where you live.

Your local Food bank might be independent - see the Independent Food Aid Network website here

Here are some links to local foodbanks in Sheffield:

Burngreave Foodbank Rachel info@burngreave.foodbank.org.uk or 07542 888671 - volunteer drivers wanted to distribute food in Sheffield!

S2 Foodbank

S6 Foodbank info@sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk or 07984 572041 - Restore Response Volunteer role

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Remote Opportunties

Make face masks for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield
Can you sew masks in your spare time? Would you like to join a team of people providing homemade masks for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield?
If so please contact jan.thompson@sheffield.cityofsanctuary.org or call 07419348379 for more information.

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Age UK Sheffield - Porter Valley In Touch Volunteering

Do you have a few hours a week to support older people in Sheffield? Age Uk Sheffield's new service, Porter Valley In Touch, aims to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. Could you help? See all the details and apply (using your @sheffield.ac.uk email address) on the website. Roles may be remote or in person, to suit you.

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Remote Support Volunteer with Grimm & Co

Help the 'Apothecary to the Magical' to change lives one story at a time from the comfort of your own home! Remote Support Volunteers help Grimm & Co with communications, marketing, administration, research, fundraising, evaluation and social media tasks, all on a work from home basis. View the role and apply here and visit Grimm & Co's magical online world here!

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Cooking Mentor with award-winning food education programme Bags of Taste

If you're interested in cooking, helping others cook healthy food on a budget, and connecting with people, why not become a cooking mentor for Bags of Taste's new Virtual courses? You will support a small group of 'students' in a friendly chat, providing practical and moral support, cooking guidance, motivation, feedback and encouragement, and managing peer to peer interaction. This may be one to one over the phone, or on social media/email. Read more information and apply here

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Restore Response Volunteer

Support vulnerable people during this difficult time with a local community hub (Restore) and food bank (S6). You can donate to the food bank or volunteer - there are multiple roles available (both virtual and physical): Stock sorting, Distributing food parcels, Admin tasks, Telephone support line. Food drop off details Volunteer application form

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Volunteer as a Fundraising Researcher for Roundabout - a youth homeless charity, based in Sheffield, supporting vulnerable young people aged 16-24. In this role you will help to research for opportunities in South Yorkshire to increase fundraising support. Read more and apply here.

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Revealing Rivers is a new virtual citizen science project from Riverlution (The River Stewardship Company). We've set up a network of hidden cameras along the riverbanks in Sheffield to help connect volunteers with our amazing wildlife. Every week we'll be uploading the videos and we need your help to identify which species we've captured! Get Involved Here. Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter 

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Write letters to older people
Receiving social letters is a lovely thing for all of us, especially older people who grew up writing and receiving letters, rather than social media and email communication methods. Brighten the day of an older person living in a Sheffcare residential home, by writing a letter or postcard to them! Read this guidance and send your letter to: 

SSU Volunteer Letter for Sheffcare Residents
Sheffcare Ltd, Central Support, Springwood House, 192 Penrith Road, Sheffield, S5 8UG

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Gift A Smile to older people! Could you use some of your lockdown time to make some twiddle muffs, blankets, cushions & DIY boards for people living with dementia in our city? Or even just create and send a card, drawing or letter... Anything you can do will bring joy to someone who may be feeling especially lonely at this time. See more information on the Age UK website.

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Local befriending charity B:Friend are looking for volunteer telephone befrienders to give an isolated older neighbour a call each week for a chat. You can sign up and complete a DBS check remotely - see their Facebook post or this page on their website for more information.

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Zest Online Homework Support Volunteer - would you like to help kids who can't go to school continue their learning remotely? This opportunity is perfect for you! Read more and apply here, then email David.mcneil@zestcommunity.co.uk

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Depaul help young people who are homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, and currently risk setbacks as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They are looking for volunteer mentors, who can offer support and companionship over the phone to the young people they work with. Help your community to ride out this crisis - find out more here and apply using your @sheffield.ac.uk email address.

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Help Combat Loneliness and Isolation by writing and sending letters to older people who are supported by SCCCC. The Penpal Scheme is to bring a smile to an older persons face during this difficult time :) Please wash your hands before writing letters and if you have the virus or are self isolating please don’t write the letter until you are fully free of the symptoms. Send your letter to: Penpal Scheme, SCCCC Unit 19 President Buildings, Savile Street East, Sheffield S4 7UQ. See more here

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BabyBasics Sheffield reach out to marginalised people and provide some of the things needed for life with a baby. Look at their Facebook page for the latest list of items and drop off points, and to find out more or offer help, visit their website, or call Kat on 0114 2787262 or 07977 137600.

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Help Buzz Sheffield create entertainment packs for older people in Sheffield who are at risk of loneliness, especially during this time of social isolation. The entertainment packs include fun activities that people can do at home, like quizzes, large print crosswords, radio programme schedules and a myth-busting fact sheet, but welcome other ideas to keep it fresh and engaging! They are also hoping to create packs for children and young people too. If you're interested, get in touch with Paula - paula@buzzsheffield.co.uk

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Have you volunteered in a Sheffield Volunteering project, on a Give It A Go, or with a local charitable organisation this year? Or have you fundraised through RAG/ Bummit? We'd love to hear from you! Write a blog piece for our Sheffield Volunteering Blog and share your experience, so we can celebrate you, and encourage others to get involved. Read more here

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In Person Opportunties

Foodhall is a volunteer-powered community dining space and kitchen in the heart of Sheffield, bringing people together around food. During the COVID-19 Pandemic it is our priority to provide food and support to those most at-risk and isolated in our community. They currently need volunteer cyclists and rivers to deliver emergency food to people in need, in Sheffield. Find out how to volunteer or donate here

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St Luke's Hospice - Donations centre and Retail volunteers wanted!

Support Sheffield's only hospice and volunteer your time for a fantastic cause. You could sort through donations, looking out for valuable items to be sold in vintage shops or on the ebay store, help at the newly reopening charity shops, or share your digital skills. All training and supervision is provided and the experience will be very rewarding! See all roles and apply on the website here or email volunteer@hospicesheffield.co.uk

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Food Works are a social enterprise collecting food destined for landfill and making it available to the people of Sheffield. You can help them to provide the city with affordable access to food throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as a Cook, Warehouse Assistant or Van Driver. If you wouldn't have to use public transport to get there and don't have to stay at home for health or family reasons, please click on these links, or go to the Food Works website, or send an email to volunteers@thefoodworks.org

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South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) are continuing to support people living in the SYHA estates and who are part of the SYHA schemes. As a Community Connection Volunteer or Community Responder, you will help vulnerable people and local communities during this difficult time. Apply through the SYHA website (using your @sheffield.ac.uk address) and get in touch with the SYHA team directly.

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Things to Do and #LoveSheffield

Check out this Wellbeing Activities 2020 Doc for lots of ideas :)

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Sheffield Culture Hub is an online platform to Sheffield’s festivals, galleries, theatres, and more, so you can continue to enjoy inspiring cultural events from Sheffield, at home.

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Now Then Magazine can no longer print and distribute a free community magazine, so they have developed an app to keep you informed and up-to-date with lots of independent Sheffield businesses and charities remotely! Expect great articles, topical content, reviews, opinion pieces, recipes, interviews, listings, creative writing and artwork... PLUS Offers, discounts, directories, maps, loyalty cards and rewards with local traders across the city – so that you can help the authentic, diverse, independent Sheffield we all love thrive. Download the free app on IOS and Android here.

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Wild Sheffield Nature Adventures has lots of ideas for you to make the most of this time,  find joy in the simple things and reconnect with the nature on your doorstep! Browse the website for more information on activities, gardening, mini expert videos, Nature Counts, and send in any videos and pictures of the wildlife you spot at home - to Wild Sheffield and to us - we'd love to see them!

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This is Sheffield has been set up to help local independant businesses in Sheffield. These businesses can provide services that avoid social interaction and help those in isolation. Check out the website to see more about local deliveries, takeaways, gift vouchers and more. Support independent businesses and #lovesheffield

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Virtual tours of famous museums and galleries Be a culture vulture from the comfort of your own home!

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Take Action for Happiness to do good for yourself and for others :) Check out the WebsiteFacebook and Twitter

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Mental Health Support from the Sheffield Mental Health Guide

If you would like support with your own or a friend or family members mental health, Sheffield Flourish have put together a list of mental health services who can support you during this tough time. The national charity mind is offering wellbeing advice and support here.

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COVID-19 Scams: Look out for yourself and others

Coronavirus has led to an increase in scams and false offers of help, as criminals take advantage of Covid-19 pandemic across the world.

Common scams include:
- cold calling homes and offering to help those self-isolating with shopping
- fundraising, door to door or online, for donations to develop a covid-19 vaccine
- scam emails offering fake products such as anti-bacterial gels or a cure for coronavirus

Other examples are: Doorstep Scams, Bogus Websites/ Online Marketplaces, Telephone deception, Phishing (emails), False Letters/ Leaflets

Make sure you are extra careful and tell friends/ family who may be vulnerable to such scams. Do not give out credit or debit card details, personal identification numbers or passwords. If you have any concerns, report them to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040.