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Volunteering Opportunities

 

We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities for you to get involved in - choose to filter by area of interest or course relevance.

Fancy trying something out with less commitment? Take a look at our Volunteering Give it a Go sessions. Looking to volunteer with a group of other students? Why not check out our Volunteering Societies and find out more about what they do! Or you can set up your own!

Can't find what you're looking for, or have a question? Email us at volunteering@shu.ac.uk, or book an informal volunteering chat with a member of our team here.

HALLAM STAFF: Sheffield Hallam University staff are encouraged to volunteer, and can do so via the Students' Union. Staff are entitled to the same support as students when they volunteer with us. Staff are also entitled to one day of volunteering leave per year. Use the "Roles suitable for Hallam staff" filtering option on the left hand side of the screen. To read more about Hallam's Staff Volunteer Policy, click here. To apply for a volunteering opportunity, staff will first need to create a guest account for our website. Click the log-in button in the top right of the page, and follow the links for "guest account". 

To apply for the opportunities below, please make sure you have set up your volunteering profile.

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  • Brightside logo

    Online Mentors

    Brightside

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    As a mentor for Brightside, you will be matched with a handful of young people, with whom you will exchange messages and support them with activities via our secure online platform. You will give them insight into your education pathway and/or career and support them in making informed decisions.

    • Area of InterestChildren, Teaching, Tutoring
    • Academic Course RelevanceChildcare, Education, Health and Social Care, Research
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Leadership
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Session Planning
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • Citizens Advice: North East Derbyshire logo

    Volunteer Telephone Adviser

    Citizens Advice: North East Derbyshire

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    At North East Derbyshire Citizens Advice Bureau we can give free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects.

     

    What will you do?


     

    • complete an introduction to Citizens Advice and training for your role

    • talk to clients over the phone, video call or face to face to explore what problems they’ve come for help with

    • find information about the clients’ problems and help them to understand their options

    • support clients to take action to resolve their problems. This might include drafting or writing letters, making phone calls, or referring the client to another organisation

    • write a summary of the clients’ problems and what action you’ve taken

    • look out for problems’ that are common, or are unfair, and write a short report about the problem or a letter to an elected official like an MP, AM or local councillor

    Some examples of what you could do: 

    • help clients with debts work out a reasonable amount to pay back, and make a phone call to an organisation they owe money to.

    • explore what benefits a client is entitled to and help them to complete a benefit application form.

    • help a client who has problems with their landlord to understand their housing rights. 

    Other roles

    If you don’t want to undertake the full training involved to be a full adviser there may be other suitable rolls such as;

    • form filling -helping clients to complete questionnaires to claim disability benefits such as PIP)

    • budgeting - helping clients to look at their income and expenditure and find ways to help them save money)

    • social media -help us to promote our service and awareness of help available (option to work remotely)

    • research and campaigns (option to work remotely)



    What’s in it for you?

     

    • make a real difference to people’s lives 

    • learn about a range of issues such as benefits, debt, employment and housing.

    • build on valuable skills such as communication, listening and problem solving, and increase your employability

    • work with a range of different people, independently and in a team.

    • have a positive impact in your community.

     

    And we’ll reimburse expenses too.

     

    If you're training to be a solicitor and you train and volunteer as a local Citizens Advice adviser, you may be able to get up to six months off your solicitor training contract. See Solicitors Regulation Authority for more information.



    What do you need to have?

    You don’t need specific qualifications or skills but you’ll need to:

    • be friendly and approachable

    • be non-judgmental and respect views, values and cultures that are different to your own

    • have good listening skills

    • have excellent verbal and written communication skills

    • have good maths and IT skills

    • be able to understand information and explain it to others

    • be willing to learn about and follow the Citizens Advice aims, principles and policies, including confidentiality and data protection

    • be willing to undertake training in your role



    How much time do you need to give?

     

    Ideally, we ask for 4 hours per week, which can be over one day or spread over two days, for at least 12 months. 

     

    We can be flexible so talk to us if this doesn’t suit.


    Valuing inclusion

     

    Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and we particularly welcome applications from disabled people, people with physical or mental health conditions, LGBT+ and non-binary people, and people from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

     

    We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates. We also welcome applications from, LGB and Trans and non-binary candidates. We have made a positive commitment to employing 


     

    If you are interested in becoming an adviser and would like to discuss flexibility around location, time, ‘what you will do’ and how we can support you please contact us. In some circumstances there may even be an option for home working. 

    • Area of InterestElder Care, Financial Instability, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Mental health, Social Isolation
    • Academic Course RelevanceEducation, Health and Social Care, Law, Marketing, Psychology, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Campaigning
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Leadership
    • Marketing and PR
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • FoodWorks logo

    Sharrow Kitchen Assistant

    FoodWorks

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Kitchen Assistants run our cafes. With the help from our trained chefs, you will create nutritious and affordable meals that are accessible to everyone and show what can be done with surplus food. Creating over 100 meals per day saves tonnes of food from going to waste all while feeding the community. The main activities include meal preparation, serving food and drinks, using a coffee machine, serving customers and keeping the front of house clean and tidy.

    • Area of InterestCulture, Environmental action, Financial Instability, Homelessness, Human Rights, Social Isolation
    • Academic Course RelevanceEnvironmental Sciences, Health and Social Care, Journalism, Medical Care, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Leadership
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • FoodWorks logo

    Handsworth Warehouse Assistant

    FoodWorks

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Warehouse Assistants manage the daily running of Food Works Handsworth. They sort intercepted food, pack orders for cafe’s and run the market. We save around 10 - 12 tonnes of food every week and serve around 100 customers per day in our market. Tasks include sorting, weighing and storing intercepted food as well as serving customers.

    Food Works is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to create a more sustainable food system in Sheffield while reducing food waste. Our warehouse is the heart of the operation. Based in Handsworth our van drivers bring all the intercepted food here. As a warehouse assistant there are many roles you can undertake on any day. In the market these include: Serving customers, helping select their items, taking payments using our till system and packing market boxes. On the Intercept side: sorting the food into categories, weighing the food and sorting into stores, ensuring the food is stored correctly.

    During your time volunteering you will always be supported by an experienced Hub manager. In this role there is an opportunity to learn about: stock taking and management, customer service and till use, storing food safely, packing orders, as well as building a sustainable food system that works for everyone!

    • Area of InterestCulture, Environmental action, Financial Instability, Homelessness, Human Rights, Social Isolation
    • Academic Course RelevanceEnvironmental Sciences, Health and Social Care, Journalism, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • FoodWorks logo

    Upperthorpe Kitchen Assistant

    FoodWorks

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Food Works is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to create a more sustainable food system in Sheffield while reducing food waste. As a Front of house member at Upperthorpe, you will be serving customers drinks and food. Explaining who Food Works are and what we do as the face of Food works.

    • Area of InterestCulture, Environmental action, Financial Instability, Homelessness, Human Rights, Social Isolation
    • Academic Course RelevanceEnvironmental Sciences, Health and Social Care, Journalism, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Organisation
    • Partnership Working
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • Guide Dogs UK logo

    Fundraiser

    Guide Dogs UK

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    In this role, you will assist your local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs. This role is about raising funds for our services to help people living with a visual impairment, live a life they choose.

    “Since volunteering I have discovered that I am actually capable of organising events and remaining calm (most of the time!). I’ve gained both self-confidence and a feeling of satisfaction that I have helped to improve the lives of other people, even if only in a small way.” – Alison, Fundraiser

    What you’ll be doing

    We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:

    • Helping on stalls at local events.
    • Taking Collection Boxes to local businesses.
    • Manning collections at various venues.
    • Attending local events organised by the team and keeping track of what we sell on our stalls (including the cuddly toys!)
    • Counting donations.
    • Supporting a group of like-minded people planning events and raising money.

    You’ll have

    Ideally you will:

    • Have good communication skills.
    • Enjoy spending time with others.

    If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!

    You’ll get

    Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated volunteer manager/key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us. You’ll also get:

    • The satisfaction in knowing you are supporting people with sight loss to live actively, independently, and well.
    • An opportunity to interact with others, including people within Guide Dogs and members of the public.
    • An opportunity to build experience in communication and interpersonal skills.

    Training and support

    This role has 1 hour of training and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules include:

    • Role specific training.

    If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.

    If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer
    these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility
    needs you may have.

     

    Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with
    us in line with our policy.

    • Area of InterestAnimal Welfare, Culture, Fundraising
    • Academic Course RelevanceBusiness, Journalism, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Campaigning
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Financial Management
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Leadership
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Public Speaking and Presentations
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • St Luke's Hospice logo

    Retail Support Volunteer

    St Luke's Hospice

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    St Luke’s is Sheffield’s only hospice, with a vision to support and care for everyone affected by a terminal illness in Sheffield. This role includes customer Service, Queue Busting, Meet & Greet, Gift Aid sign up, Accepting Donations, Shop floor merchandising, Monitoring customers in shop with current distancing guidelines

    • Area of InterestCulture, Elder Care, Human Rights
    • Academic Course RelevanceBusiness, Health and Social Care, Journalism, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • St Luke's Hospice logo

    Donation Centre Sorting Assistant

    St Luke's Hospice

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    St Luke’s is Sheffield’s Hospice, with a vision to support and care for everyone affected by terminal illness in Sheffield. The majority of our shops do not have a lot of space to store donations, so our new Donation Centre is a vital resource to enable us to retain more stock, recycle items to generate income and help us continue to be there for Sheffield people when they need us most.

    • Area of InterestElder Care, Human Rights
    • Academic Course RelevanceJournalism, Research
    • Roles suitable for Hallam StaffThis role is suitable for Hallam Staff
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Problem Solving
    • Reflection
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
  • The Access Project logo

    Tutor

    The Access Project

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Sep 2022 and 01 Jul 2023

    The Access Project, an education charity, supports disadvantaged young people to progress to university. We are looking for students, staff, and alumni to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, 1 hour a week in term-time Sept-Dec 2022 to Summer 2023 to support them with their academic studies.

     

    The Access Project supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds to access top universities. We are looking for undergraduates, postgraduates, staff, and alumni who would be able to tutor a young person aged 14-18, online, one hour a week in term-time Autumn 2022- Summer 2023 to support them with their academic studies.

    •Support a young person in a subject of your choice to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfil their potential.

    •Build transferable skills, experience and knowledge through ongoing training and development as part of the role.

    •Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.

    No prior teaching or tutoring experience necessary, we provide a full comprehensive training and induction to help you build the confidence to be the best volunteer you can be.

    Interested? You’ll need to:

    · Either be currently studying for an undergraduate degree or have an undergraduate degree/equivalent professional qualification.

    · Either have an A Level subject you wish to tutor at GCSE (grade B or above) or an undergraduate degree in a subject you wish to tutor at A level.

    · Be able to spare one hour a week in school term time over the next academic year to tutor (starting Sept/Oct 2022), plus 30 mins a week preparation time.

    · Be prepared to undertake an enhanced DBS check (criminal records check) and provide two references (personal or professional).

    How does it work?

    1. Sign up at www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

    2. Sign up to any of our 2.5 hour training sessions over the summer, there are various dates so you can find one that suits you: During this session you’ll learn everything you need to know for your weekly one1 hour tutoring sessions.

    3. You’ll complete a DBS check (criminal records check) and an online safeguarding course.

    4. We’ll match you with a student who is looking for support in your subject. In particular, we are seeing high demand from our students for support with sciences and maths so volunteers who are able to support in maths and science subjects would be particularly welcome. There are also many opportunities for volunteer tutors in other subjects including humanities and languages.

    More information and sign up at: 

    https://www.theaccessproject.org.uk/volunteer

    • Area of InterestChildren, Human Rights, Teaching, Tutoring
    • Academic Course RelevanceEducation, Health and Social Care, Languages, Maths, Sciences
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Leadership
    • Organisation
    • Problem Solving
    • Session Planning
    • Time Management
    • Teaching/Tutoring
  • The Civic, Barnsley logo

    Gallery Assistant

    The Civic, Barnsley

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The Civic Barnsley is a leading combined arts centre in South Yorkshire, comprising of theatre, gallery and exhibition areas, bar and commercial hire spaces. This will involve engaging with visitors in The Civic’s gallery and exhibition spaces. You will learn about our Visual Art programme and share your knowledge with visitors.

    • Area of InterestArts, Arts and Crafts, Culture
    • Academic Course RelevanceArt, Film and TV, Marketing, Music, Research
    • Communication and Listening
    • Critical Thinking
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Event Management
    • Initiative
    • Innovation and Creativity
    • Organisation
    • Partnership Working
    • Problem Solving
    • Team Work
    • Time Management
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