28 September 2017

Issued on behalf of Sheffield Volunteering Centre.

On Tuesday 10th October, 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 60 charities to meet visitors interested in becoming volunteers. The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Anne Murphy, will also be in attendance and speaking on the importance of volunteering in Sheffield.

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.

Charities at the Fair will include those working; with children and on youth projects, with refugees and asylum seekers, in victim support and recovery, housing and homelessness, health and recovery from illness, in the arts and heritage, environment, education, social care, disability, information services and more. There are many opportunities in different areas, which the charities will be able to talk directly with visitors about. [A full list of charities is attached].

The Volunteering Fair falls on World Mental Health Day, and there are many ways that volunteering can help improve mental health and wellbeing. This could be through increasing mental and physical activity, reducing isolation and stress, providing a sense of achievement and pride, or just being a way to meet people and have fun.

As this is Sheffield Volunteer Centre and Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union’s first joint Volunteering Fair, Volunteer Centre Advisors will be on-hand to talk to visitors about volunteering. The Students’ Union will also have stalls on student-led projects for Hallam University students to get involved in.

Volunteering is for everyone, and there will be a wealth of opportunities at our Volunteering Fair.

Julie, a Volunteer Advisor at Sheffield Volunteer Centre, has found that volunteering has made a real difference to her physical and emotional wellbeing. “Volunteering has given me a sense of purpose and pride in myself, and what I have achieved. Socially, I have made some good friends and colleagues, and I enjoy what I do. Volunteers can be any age, and if I can do it then anyone can!” “Give it a go!”

Paul Harvey, Sheffield Volunteer Centre Manager, says “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.”

A Sheffield Hallam student volunteer for their Jigsaw project has said “Volunteering has made me feel like I’m actually making a difference, and helping out a family in a difficult situation. It’s definitely motivated me to achieve my goals and work harder so that I can be in a position where I can help people in a similar situation”.

Event Details

Address: Sheffield Town Hall – Reception Rooms
Pinstone Street
Sheffield, S1 2HH
Date and Time: Tuesday 10th October from 10am – 4pm

For more information, interview enquiries, photographs and images please contact:

Amala Anyika
Volunteering Coordinator
Sheffield Volunteer Centre
0114 253 6649