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.

Look at the VAS website and fill out the Volunteer form to register your interest directly. VAS will provide free DBS checks (if required) and training through the local hubs.

VAS have created this Sheffield COVID Support Map, on which you can search for organisations who need help in your local area.

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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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Remote Opportunties

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 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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BabyBasics Sheffield reach out to marginalised people and provide some of the things needed for life with a baby. They would love volunteers, donations and handmade knitted cardigans and moses blankets! Check out this information about knitting something for Baby Basics. 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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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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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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Get creative and craft a dog related item for Guide DogsUse this unique time to learn a new crafting skill or develop your creativity. The dog related crafted items will be given away for a small donation at Guide Dog events in the future, as a way of fundraising and attracting people to volunteer. Be part of the #GuideDogsFamily

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There are many Foodbanks who are in need of donations at this tough time - food, money and volunteers. Can you help? Check out this list to find the foodbank nearest to you.

Burngreave Foodbank Rachel info@burngreave.foodbank.org.uk or 07542 888671

S2 Foodbank

S6 Foodbank info@sheffields6.foodbank.org.uk or 07984 572041

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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. Find out how to volunteer or donate HERE

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In Person Opportunties

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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Age UK in Sheffield are currently accepting enquiries from volunteers. If you are keen to volunteer with tasks such as a Food Delivery Service, please email us with your name, phone number location and whether or not you have access to a vehicle to enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk

It would also be helpful to know if you are DBS checked and if you have any particular skills or experience that may be helpful. Read more on their website here

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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 linked roles to get in touch with the SYHA team directly.

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Things to Do and #LoveSheffield

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