VOLUNTEERING

Getting involved as a volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers aged 18 or over, who are keen to help others in their community, gain new experiences and meet new people.  If you decide to join us, you will receive an induction into your volunteer role and ongoing support. We will reimburse any expenses involved in carrying out your volunteer role and provide any training needed. Volunteering is a great way to get out and meet new people, learn new skills and build confidence. It can also provide a stepping stone to employment, enabling people to gain experience in new environments and situations.

In 2017-18: More than 40 people volunteered their valuable time to Reach South Sheffield, amounting to 4200 hours of volunteering!

‘”Volunteering at the library gives me purpose for life and I feel like I am giving something back to the community”

“As somebody who is retired, volunteering has helped Ruth to get out more, make new friends, become more physically active and has made her feel part of a community service that is helping other local people to improve their health.” – Kim, Health Practitioner

“Volunteering has helped with my confidence and self-esteem.”

 

Current volunteering opportunities

Volunteers are central to making things happen at Reach. At any one time, we have around 30-35 volunteers supporting the charity, helping to ensure we can continue offering much-needed services well into the future. If you’re interested in volunteering at Reach, take a look at our current volunteering opportunities .

Live Better: Get Connected

We are currently looking for volunteers for our Live Better: Get Connected service; part of the The Age Better service provided by Reach South Sheffield in partnership with Age Better in Sheffield and Sheffield Credit Union. It is for people aged 50 and over who live in the Beauchief and Greenhill Ward and who find financial issues are stopping them from getting connected with the local community. This is a brilliant opportunity to discover lots of incredible services on your doorstep that you might not have previously known about. You can get involved with volunteering opportunities, gain advice about finances and explore local activities and groups across the area. We are recruiting volunteers for our Live Better: Get Connected project who are 50+ and have some experience in dealing with financial hardship, and want to use that experience to help others in similar situations.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can get involved, contact Lewis Bowman  07902 050 776 or e-mail livebetterco@gvcf.org.uk

Timebuilders

Reach has secured lottery funding in partnership with local charity St Mary’s Centre, to improve the health and wellbeing of local people through rewards-based volunteering. We believe volunteering can empower people to combat loneliness and connect with others. The project, called Timebuilders, enables people to get involved in a range of activities as volunteers, exchanging the time credits they accrue for a range of rewards.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Timebuilders project, contact Mirban Hussain on 0114 239 8946 or email wellbeing.coordinator@gvcf.org.uk

Library administration, wellbeing activities and fundraising – Newfield Green Library

Newfield Green Library has 25 dedicated volunteers that run shifts and manage activities. The library has had around 5500 visits in the last year, with an average of 45 visits per week. The volunteers have increased book loans by 30% in the last year, hosted 51 coffee mornings and delivered 40 children’s craft sessions to 158 young people.

Other volunteering opportunities

Minibus drivers and escorts – lunch club and gym/swim bus

Cooking, serving food and running activities – lunch club

Governance – Trustees of Reach South Sheffield

Community Experts – Age Better in Sheffield