Volunteering from home

Wherever you are in the UK or the world, you can stay connected to Sheffield and its communities, by volunteering with a local Sheffield charity remotely! Check out these flexible remote volunteering opportunities...

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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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Age UK Sheffield 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 as you’ll be supported throughout the whole process and receive a training & resource packs. More information is available on the Age UK website.

Telephone Befriender - By just making a phone call to an older person once a week can make a huge difference as they hear a friendly voice and have a good chat!

In Touch Volunteer for the Porter Valley Area - A befriending role which can be done remotely or in-person (in line with social distance measures)

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Social Media Volunteers wanted!

SOHAS is a small charity helping people with mental and physical health issues. If you know how to use different types of social media, and ideally how to use these in a business sense, read more and 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. Read more and apply here

- Darnall Allotment Project is a community allotment that welcomes volunteers to help create and maintain our beautiful plot. Promote the project on existing social media platforms and encourage more volunteers to get involved. Read more and apply here.

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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

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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.

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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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Specialist Mentoring Scheme - help a young person overcome barriers, discover their strengths and achieve goals, as 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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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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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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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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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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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 

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!

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