Meet The Charity Panel Talk – Get Out Into the Community

At this Meet The Charity Panel Talk, hear from a selection of local charities who are working hard for some key themes in our city, discover some benefits of volunteering first-hand, and find out how you can get involved. Get ready to feel inspired!


Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Hayley, Learn for Life
Homelessness – Jess, Roundabout  
Mental Health and Wellbeing (includes Loneliness & Social Isolation) – Ray, b:friend
Food Insecurity – Rachel, Burngreave Foodbank
Sustainability (includes Zero Waste, Wildlife & Nature and Environment) – Jo, Food Works
Digital Inclusion – May, Heeley Trust 

Watch the video here!

Learn For Life Enterprise look after refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived in the city or who have been here a couple of years. The charity, based in Sharrow, offer English language classes, conversation classes, digital inclusion, trips and more!

Roundabout support young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, (currently over 300 people). They have residential projects, hostels and a drop-in centre which are safe spaces for young people to stay or go for advice. The charity also support people in their own tenancies.

Did you know? Loneliness can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. b:friend aim to combat this by offering company to older people aged 65 & over. This is done through volunteer befrienders visiting older neighbours once per week for a chat and company, and social clubs with a variety of activities, including hip-hop dancing. New cross-generational friendships flourish!

Burngreave Foodbank is part of the Trussell Trust network, giving out food parcels and running a weekly breakfast club to people in need, in the Burngreave and Darnall areas of Sheffield. Foodbanks are reliant on donations, so in addition to accepting donations all year round, they run supermarket collections to boost provisions.

Food Works are an environmental social enterprise working to save food from going to landfill. Partnering with supermarkets, businesses, wholesalers, they rescue just over 500 tonnes of food every single year and make it available for people of Sheffield, via cafes, Just Meals, and a food market.

Heeley Trust is a community anchor, based at Meersbrook Hall. The charity includes Heeley Millenium Park, SUM studios (local not-for-profit businesses) and delivers services such as the Digital Inclusion project. At the Doctor PC Drop-In people can be supported using the internet and all things digital, and have a cup of tea & chat!

Watch the video to find out more about each charity here! There are a range of causes, and a variety of roles to suit your preferences (e.g. face-to-face or behind the scenes; regular or one-off/ad hoc) So get in touch, have a conversation, and see how you can get involved to suit the needs of the charity AND you!

After the introductions we discussed some rewarding activities that our panel members enjoy (and what volunteers can enjoy too!) and what volunteers can get out of being involved with the local charity sector.

  • Christmas time donations, presents and being Santa!
  • Socials, meeting people, making friends and sharing experiences with other volunteers.
  • Seeing the difference and positive impact the service and volunteers make
  • Throwing a party for the internet!
  • Make Sheffield feel a bit more like home by finding out about different areas, understanding the city better and feeling part of the community.
  • Be able to volunteer and do something that’s actually actively helping people.
  • Gain something extra in addition to your qualifications, which shows you know about the real world.
  • Don’t worry if you’re not studying something directly related to the volunteer role or charity, you can help out in whatever way and it may help you decide on a future career path!
  • Develop your skills, confidence and build networks.
  • The voluntary sector is really welcoming and people just want to do good.
  • “You’ll be helping people, you’ll be doing good, you’ll get a lot from that yourselves.” (Ray, b:friend)

Watch the video to find out more about the benefits of volunteering here! There are so many benefits of volunteering and getting out into the community, so be confident to make the first step towards a new venture. The voluntary sector is really welcoming and friendly so get in touch…

Refugees and Asylum Seekers – Hayley, Learn for Life, hayley@learnforlifeenterprise.com


Homelessness – Jess, Roundabout, Jessica.Hudson@roundaboutltd.org


Mental Health and Wellbeing (includes Loneliness & Social Isolation) – Ray, b:friend, rayella.broomhead@letsbfriend.org.uk


Food Insecurity – Rachel, Burngreave Foodbank, info@burngreave.foodbank.org.uk


Sustainability (includes Zero Waste, Wildlife & Nature and Environment) – Jo, Food Works, volunteers@thefoodworks.org


Digital Inclusion – May, Heeley Trust, may.c@heeleydevtrust.com

If you have any questions, get in touch with the charities directly or volunteering@sheffield.ac.uk 🙂 thank you for reading and watching!

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