In this second lockdown, 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, either remotely as part of the specially designed online tutoring scheme, or in-person at a local school (it's your choice!) Primary and secondary school options available. Read more & apply here
B:friend are a local befriending charity, aiming to combat social isolation amongst older people. They have loads of activities happening in November, including recording a Christmas DVD, Facebook Live sessions and preparing a virtual Christmas Day celebration. Watch this video from Mike at B:friend to find out more, and apply here
B:friend also offers 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
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
Roundabout is 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. Read more & apply here
Craft a dog-related item for Guide Dogs! This will be given away for a small donation at events, as a way of fundraising and attracting people to volunteer. Read more and see templates of what you could make 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!