The Sheffield Volunteering Fair is back, on Monday 14th October at Hallam Hall from 10am – 4pm, and is the place to be to find out about volunteering. There will be over 40 charities and organisations, looking for volunteers to support them in the invaluable work they do. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield – Councillor Tony Downing – will also be attending, showing his support for volunteers and charities in the city.
People interested in volunteering for the first time, or those looking for a new role, are encouraged to come along and find out more. Whatever their skills or experience, there will be a volunteer role to suit them. From gardening to befriending, helping with events to fundraising, there will be something for everyone to get involved in this autumn.
Volunteering is a great way for people to share their skills or learn new skills, gain relevant experience for work or study, and to pursue hobbies and interests, as well as being a fantastic way to make a worthwhile difference within the community. Volunteering can help contribute to good mental health and wellbeing no matter which stage people are at in life. 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. The Volunteering Fair is a great way to find out how to get involved, and how to make a difference.
Charities at the Volunteering Fair will represent many different causes, such as health and social care, arts and heritage and animal welfare. A full list of charities attending the Fair will soon be available online:
Facebook event page – http://bit.ly/VolFairOct2019
Twitter – https://twitter.com/VolunteerSheff
Though the Volunteering Fair will be at a university building, the event is welcome to all. The event is free entry and the venue is fully accessible.
The Volunteering Fair is open to everyone, and volunteering is for everyone too.
Bex Powls, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Volunteering and 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.”
Address: Hallam Hall, Owen Building – Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB
Date and Time: Monday 14th October from 10am – 4pm
Hallam Hall can be accessed through the Hallam Square entrance of to the Owen Building, on Howard Street.
The Volunteering Fair is free for visitors to attend, and Hallam Hall and the Owen Building are fully accessible. There will be an Autism-friendly quieter time between 3-3:30pm.
The Volunteering Fair is an event jointly held by Sheffield Volunteer Centre, VAS (Voluntary Action Sheffield) and Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. The event is supported by Sheffield City Council.
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 –
Sheffield Hallam Student’s; 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/