During winter and the holdays looking after your health and wellbeing is very important. Volunteering is a great way for you to keep positive mental health and wellbeing.
Even with socialising restrictions or perhaps if you're not in Sheffield, you can still volunteer with a local Sheffield charity remotely and stay connected to Sheffield and its communities! Check out these remote volunteering opportunities...
As a Digi Friend with South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA), you will help to build local residents confidence with technology and getting online, tailoring support to individual needs. Initial contact by phone, then get creative and provide support in line with currrent Covid-19 government guidance. Read more & apply here
Action Tutoring supports young people facing socio-economic disadvantage to achieve a meaningful level of academic attainment. As an English or Maths tutor you will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week, remotely as part of the specially designed online tutoring scheme. Primary and secondary school options available. Read more & apply here
Help school students develop their employability skills and improve their knowledge of the working world as a Project Mentor! You will also develop your own experience in mentoring youth, as well as essential work related skills! Read more & apply here
The Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group are looking for great listeners to be part of a new befriending project to support people living with chronic illness, and their friends and family. Read more & apply here?
Are you interested in helping homelessness and vulnerable people in Sheffield? Join the Archer Project committee, Team Archer, which supports the Archer Project by organising fundraising events, volunteering at the project, and raising awareness of our work. Read more & apply here
B:friend are a local befriending charity, aiming to combat social isolation amongst older people. They offer a vital befriending service to keep older people connected. Could spare an hour a week to phone a local older neighbour for a chat, and form a new friendship? Read more & apply here.
SCCCC support older people in Sheffield to maintain positive health and wellbeing. Due to Covid-19 our older people are feeling lonely and isolated more than ever before. Through regular telephone support, as a volunteer, you can make a difference and help reduce older peoples feelings of loneliness and isolation- all from the comfort of your own home! Read the roles below and apply.
Good Neighbour Scheme befriending volunteer (open to all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds)
Inclusive Community Care befriending volunteer (dedicated for volunteers and older people of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds)
Can't commit to becoming a telephone befriender? You can still bring a smile and some joy to an older person, simply by writing and sending a letter, as part of SCCCC's Pen Pal Scheme! Read more guidance here
Sheffield Voices is part of Disability Sheffield, promoting independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. The friendly team are looking for volunteers to support their online groups. You will learn how to work with people with both mild to moderate learning disabilities in an online setting, learn news skills and have some fun! Read more & apply here You can also support a volunteer who has dyslexia to complete the website, as Website Development Support, here
DECSY (Development Education Centre South Yorkshire), aims to help people to develop the skills and commitment to bring about a more just, sustainable world. Join them as a Social Media Volunteer. Read more & apply here
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.
Microvolunteering - easy tasks that can be done in a few minutes, anytime, anywhere, on your own terms! No application process or ongoing commitment
Some examples for you to try:
- Donate money or food to the Students' Union Food Drive for local Foodbanks
- Sign a petition for a cause you care about
- Re-tweet Tuesdays - pick a charity and re-tweet everything they post on Tuesdays (or any day)!
- Listen to an educational activism podcast or TED talk and tell a friend or family member about it
- Take part in a Citizen Survey - check out the Wildlife Trusts website for ideas
Revealing Rivers is a virtual citizen science project from Riverlution (The River Stewardship Company). A network of hidden cameras are set up along the riverbanks in Sheffield to help connect volunteers with the city's amazing wildlife. The team need your help to identify which species we've captured! Get Involved Here. Keep updated on Facebook and Twitter
Citizen Science Projects - contribute to genuine scientific breakthroughs that change our understanding of the world! Check out this BBC article with ideas and links.
See more microvolunteering ideas on the help from home website. Let us know what you get up to!