Tag Archives: Volunteering

Something worthwhile to do?

Volunteer Centre Sheffield just launched a new website to promote volunteering in the city.

Click to visit the site!

The site offers a range of information and advice for people wanting to volunteer, organisations that use or want to use volunteers, and for employers who are supporting their employees to volunteer. There are case studies from current volunteers, details for forthcoming events, and an interactive members’ area for individuals and organisations to exchange information, share resources and discuss good practice and developments.

Volunteer Centre Manager, Julia South, said: “The website is a great additional resource for the team in our role supporting individuals and organisations with volunteering. We hope that it will become an indispensable tool.”

Strategic Volunteering Manager at VAS, Claire Walsh, said: “Sheffield Volunteer Centre already does a great job in matching local people up with volunteering opportunities and advising volunteer-involving organisations on how best to engage and support their volunteers. This exciting new website will enable everyone with an interest in volunteering in Sheffield to discover exactly how they can benefit from their help, as well as interacting with other like-minded people on its notice-board. I would urge everyone in Sheffield to take a peek!”

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Sheffield First

Sheffield First is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on a number of its boards.

Board members play key roles in making decisions affecting the city of Sheffield.

Interested? Click on the picture if you are from the private, voluntary, community or faith sector and actively involved in local community and city networks.

Forms and more information are available here.

Guitarist wanted for Hairspray

Firth Park Community Arts College is in the process of organising a band to accompany their school production of Hairspray and need a guitarist to help out.

Organiser Kate Wood said, “It should be great and we have a good line up of musicians, but I desperately need a guitarist. I will provide parts/chords and backing CDs for practising along to. Most songs are in 60s rock n roll/motown/funk/R&B styles. There are some quite jazzy chords in there but they can be simplified somewhat if necessary. It would require someone who is confident and experienced as a group performer. Please let me know if you might be interested, or if you know of anyone in or out of school who may be up for it.”

Performances are 30th & 31st March and 1st April, with a requirement to attend a couple of rehearsals beforehand.

Fancy it? Email Kate Wood at  K.wood@firthpark.sheffield.sch.uk.

Building skills in 2010 – FREE training!

Traditional skills are on offer from an innovative project that’s set to take off in 2010. Sheffield charity “Speak Easy” wants to hear from people looking to learn about landscaping, building repair, painting and decorating, joinery, plumbing and much more.

As well as targeting elderly and vulnerable people right across Sheffield who need help with repairs and renovations on their homes, Speak Easy is also converting disused shop units in Abbeydale Road into affordable small offices and studio to rent.

John Johnson - already at work!

The project aims eventually to roll out the service over Sheffield and beyond. The deal is free training from scratch for anyone wanting to learn these skills in return for carrying out some work – learning on the job.

Speak Easy Project Director John Johnson said, “Anyone can get involved and travel expenses will be covered. We are looking for trainees as well as craftsmen and women who have experience they’d like to pass on. The project is entering an exciting phase and we have media students from Sheffield College documenting our progress on DVD.”

Speak Easy also works with British Trust Conservation Volunteers (BTCV), an organisation providing access back into work for individuals who may be recovering from illness or who experience difficulty getting into the job market. Continue reading

Community Justice Panel recruitment

A volunteer recruitment drive for people interested in resolving conflict between victims and wrongdoers is underway as Sheffield City Council seeks to train new members for its Community Justice Panel.

Community Justice Panels bring victims and wrongdoers together to resolve conflict and harm caused by anti-social behaviour and low-level crime. Panels are not designed to punish the wrongdoer but aim to make offenders face up to the impact of what they have done. Issues tacked include neighbour disputes, theft, criminal damage and assaults.

Interviews will take place in the week beginning Monday 8 February 2010. Successful candidates will be offered a place on the training, which has been confirmed from Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 March 2010 (inclusive) at The Burton Street Project, Hillsborough.

To find out more or to register your interest, phone (0114) 273 6421 or email: communityjustice@sheffield.gov.uk.

Interested in Speaking Up for Advocacy?

Speaking Up for Advocacy (SUFA) is currently looking for volunteers to act as advocates for people with learning difficulties.

SUFA is an advocacy group for people with Learning Disabilities to help them access support services and leisure pursuits, as well as receive fairer treatment in society.

The group has a growing number of participants living with Autism and Asperger Syndrome and who often miss out on essential services due to the hidden nature of those disabilities.

For more information please ring 0114 272 7723 or email: Carol.sufa@tiscali.co.uk

Voluntary mums wanted

Have you just become parents or are you expecting a baby? Would you volunteer to help improve maternity services in Sheffield?

The snappily-titled Sheffield Maternity Service Liaison Committee (MSLC) and Maternity Forum are always looking for new members and are currently interested in hearing from young mums who might want to get involved.

Find out more online at http://sheffieldmaternityforum.org.uk

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