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. 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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Remote Opportunties

Make Face Coverings for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

The Sheffield Children's Hospital would like face coverings to offer to parents and carers visiting their children. Please could you help? Follow the instructions here and send them in by Friday 5th June 2020. These coverings do not replace the PPE being used by staff in clinical areas. They are simply a way to slow the spread of COVID-19 by people who don’t know they are infected.

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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

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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 Food banks 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. Or wherever in the UK you are, check out this information about Trussell Trust Foodbanks and what items are needed at each Foodbank.

Here are some links to local foodbanks in Sheffield or see more information here:

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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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

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 linked roles to 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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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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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.