Remote Opportunities with Sheffield-based charities

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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Specialist Mentoring Scheme

Would like to help a young person overcome barriers, discover their strengths and achieve goals? Be a volunteer mentor with Families Together - Specialist Mentoring Scheme! SMS supports young people who struggle with their relationships and are at risk of offending in the community / exclusion from school. The team are recruiting volunteers and running Zoom training sessions. You will then be connected with a young person on a virtual basis. Apply here

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Combat loneliness and isolation with Age UK Sheffield - Porter Valley In Touch Volunteering

Age UK Sheffield's new service, Porter Valley In Touch, aims to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing for older people, especially since the corona virus outbreak. Could you help? Roles are very flexible - volunteer as much time as you wish; No experience is required; You’ll be supported throughout the whole process and receive a training & resource pack. See more details and apply here. More information is available on the Age UK website. This role can be done remotely or in-person (in line with social distance measures)

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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 for Roundabout - a youth homeless charity, based in Sheffield, supporting vulnerable young people aged 16-24. As a Fundraising Researcher you will help to research for opportunities in South Yorkshire to increase fundraising support. As a Graphic Design/Marketing Volunteer you will work with the Fundraising and Comms team to create eye-catching marketing materials. Read more and apply via the linked role titles.

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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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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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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:

  • 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 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 

The Big Butterfly Count is nationwide survey to help wildlife and nature! Running from 17th July - 9th August, all you need is the app or printed out paper, and 15 minutes of time in your garden, local park, wood, or favourite spot. Have fun, get outside and join in with the conversation on social media too - being outside is good for your wellbeing, not just the butterflies!

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! Email us: volunteering@sheffield.ac.uk

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Stay connected to Sheffield

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

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.

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.

This is Sheffield has been set up to help local independent 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