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Community Action

Community Action Volunteering Opportunity | Sunday Centre - Walk and Talk Volunteer

Project Overview

The Sunday Centre is a not-for profit organisation which serves the homeless and vulnerable in Sheffield City Centre. On Sundays, there is a particular need for a safe, warm refuge available to all as many of the other relief organisations working in Sheffield close on this day. Our main aim is to provide hot food and drinks, yet we also offer our guests a genuine welcome and the chance to socialise with others as they wish.

Many of our guests sleep rough or are in insecure accommodation, yet we also seek to serve those affected by poverty, alcohol additions, mental health issues or social exclusion. Our guests and volunteers encompass a broad range of races, faiths and cultures and we strive to make everyone welcome, regardless of their background or circumstances. We are also able to help guests access information about other services that may benefit them (e.g. medical, housing and substance misuse services).

During Covid- 19 we found that many of the people who were previously our guests were struggling with the lack of contact. We have therefore launched an initiative where two Sunday Centre volunteers (one of whom will be an experienced volunteer) go out each day and walk round Sheffield City centre just to engage with people, share information and chat.

Due to Covid-19 the Sunday Centre are unable to provide their regular service, so they are trying out new services to support the community they serve.

What you will be doing

Joining a team of 2 volunteers, you will walk around the city centre, engaging with people who would usually benefit from the Sunday centre. This will involve having a chat and sharing useful information.

Location

Walking around various locations in the city centre - starting at Cathedral then a route covering Division Street, The Moor, Fargate, and Castle Square.

Benefits to others

The Walk & Talk initiative provides people with much needed social interaction and useful information about services they can access.

Hours per week

2 hours one day a week

Training information

None other than on the job training. Each volunteer will be paired with an experienced Sunday Centre volunteer who will act as mentor and as a guide.

DBS required?

No

Benefits to self

This position is ideal for anyone seeking to become involved with an organisation that directly benefits the Sheffield community or who wishes to learn more about homelessness and related social issues. Other volunteer benefits include social interaction, improved team-working skills and opportunities to practice active listening.

Skills/Experience required

Not a necessity but we are very open to international students or UK students who have extra language skills as many of the people who use our service speak English as a second language.

Expenses information

reasonable expenses (e.g. bus or tram fares up to cost of a day rider or equivalent) will be reimbursed

How to apply

To apply for this volunteering role please email volunteering@shu.ac.uk and let us know which role you would like to apply to.

If you have any questions about the accessibility of this volunteering role; or any questions in general, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


If you are interested in the opportunity please email the Volunteering team at volunteering@shu.ac.uk who will be able to get you started!


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