News release from Sheffield Volunteering Centre
On Tuesday 5th March, the Town Hall is the place to be for potential volunteers in Sheffield. Our Volunteering Fair will take place in the iconic building, where there will be over 40 charities to welcome visitors interested in becoming volunteers.
One of the main reasons people give for volunteering is to help others and give back, and it is a great way to make a worthwhile difference within the community. Volunteers can share their skills and also learn new skills, gain relevant experience for work or study, or pursue hobbies and interests. Volunteering can also help contribute to good mental health and wellbeing. This could be through reducing isolation and stress, providing a sense of achievement and pride, increasing mental and physical activity, or just being a way to meet people and have fun.
There are many opportunities, in different areas and activities, which the charities will be able to talk directly with visitors about. There are opportunities to volunteer: in health and social care, with refugees and asylum seekers, in the arts and heritage, with older people, on youth projects, in advisory services, and much more!
A list of charities attending the Fair will be available through:
Facebook Event – http://bit.ly/VolFair2019
Twitter – https://twitter.com/VolunteerSheff
Sheffield Volunteer Centre Advisors will be on-hand to talk to visitors about volunteering. The Volunteering Team at Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union will also be available to give specialist advice to students from Sheffield Hallam University.
Bex Powls, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Volunteering & Community Engagement Manager, said:
“People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers a chance to give back to their community, or make a difference to the people around them. For others it may just be the opportunity to get out and about, meet interesting new people whilst developing new skills or building on existing experiences and knowledge. Whatever your reason, volunteering offers people a chance to be inspired, and be inspiring whilst being part of an important growing movement.”
Paul Harvey, Sheffield Volunteer Centre Manager, said:
“Volunteering is an active and empowering activity, where by giving and helping people you also receive significant benefits. These include personal satisfaction and improved wellbeing, as well as making friends, developing skills and feeling connected to your community.”
Charles, a volunteer for the New Beginnings Project, said working as an Advisor for the project has made him a “positive example” within his community. He works in a team on community outreach, and helping New Beginnings’ clients into volunteering, training and mentoring. Volunteering has allowed Charles to build experience and build relationships with people. Charles has said that volunteering “gives him a sense of added value to myself knowing that I am contributing to my local community.”
Address: Sheffield Town Hall – Reception Rooms, Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH
Date and Time: Tuesday 5th March from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Accessibility: The Reception Rooms are on the first floor of the Town Hall, and are wheelchair accessible with lift access.
For further information, please click here to view the course flyer
Sheffield Volunteer Centre is part of a national network of accredited Centres providing information, advice and support to people who would like to volunteer or find out more about volunteering. They do this by providing a free drop-in service, and connecting potential volunteers to organisations through their website. The Volunteer Centre is part of VAS (Voluntary Action Sheffield), a charity that supports the voluntary and community sector in Sheffield to be vibrant, effective and influential – http://www.sheffieldvolunteercentre.org.uk/ and http://www.vas.org.uk/
Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union aims to make time at university enjoyable, engaging and rewarding. The Union is committed to enhancing the student experience by making a positive difference through developing and delivering student focused activities and services. Their volunteering schemes allow students to contribute to the community in and around Sheffield – http://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/
The New Beginnings Project supports asylum seekers and refugees to integrate into Sheffield life, through volunteering, employment, education and mentoring. We provide a positive atmosphere and experience for our clients, and work with them on a one-to-one basis, for them to feel respected and valued as members of the community – https://www.vas.org.uk/the-new-beginnings-project/