It's Volunteers' Week and a great time to find out about volunteering opportunities in the city, as well as thanking all volunteers like Marla and Sue who volunteer for Sheffield City Council as Reading Volunteers in schools.
"Beth has been with SAGE for over three years. Her enthusiasm is infectious and this along with her warm and friendly personality has helped to inspire and encourage our group members to get fully involved in activities at SAGE. "
Sheffield's involvement of Parent Champion volunteers has been praised by the Family and Childcare Trust.
Chief Executive Sue White volunteers near her home. Read on for her story...
Liz Searle works in the Volunteer Centre and volunteers at Learn for Life.
Keith Levy, Small Groups Development Worker at VAS, also volunteers for the Ethel Trust. Read our interview with him here...
Carron Charlesworth works for the VAS Training Team and also volunteers for two organisations. She says, "My volunteer work really takes me out of my comfort zone sometimes, but I meet so many people along the way and have made lots of new friends."
Read Hardeep's story of why she volunteers at Football Unites, Racism Divides.
Adam has been a fantastic asset to The Circle team, through the Talent Match programme. He also volunteers in his spare time-read his story here.
Our survey of VAS staff showed that many of us volunteer for other organisations. Here is one of the stories...
Darren Lee is a keen volunteer and has done many different roles over the years. Read our interview with him here.
A Sheffield pensioner who started volunteering after a stroke forced her to retire says the experience has changed her life.
An asylum seeker who escaped war-torn Lebanon with his 12-year-old daughter has thanked the people of Sheffield for keeping his family safe and changing his life.
Two young South Yorkshire men have revealed how working with young people has helped turn their lives around.
As a Volunteer Ambassador, Najma visits groups in Sheffield to talk about her own personal experience of volunteering, and let people know how they can get involved.
I was very active in my country and I need to be active as well here.
Read our interview with Volunteer Ambassador Irene Ibanda about her involvement in volunteering and her motivation for encouraging others to volunteer.
When I volunteer I am happy because I know I have made another person happy.
The New Beginnings project celebrates 10 years of supporting refugees to volunteer and organisations to involve them well.
I’d say to anybody who was thinking of becoming a volunteer: don’t just think about it – DO IT!
Getting a job felt like mission impossible
I didn't know what volunteering was... Now I say to people who haven't volunteered before: ‘Just get out of your house and start volunteering!’
Volunteering helped me to improve my English and get a job
I wanted to balance a healthy lifestyle with living in the city, the countryside is a wonderful place & we’re so lucky in Sheffield to be so close to the Peak District.
A short film of people in Sheffield showing why they love spending their time volunteering
I always dreamed of working for the NHS. Now i can work my way up bit by bit.
Refugee volunteers help us to be visible representation of our diverse community so everyone feels welcome when they come in to the shop.
So far in my life, I have mostly worked with private businesses and governments, but through my volunteering I got to know more about community organisations.
The trust the staff at Oxfam have shown in me has really helped me. It means a lot to me that after initial support, I am now treated like anyone else.
"I saw myself losing the knowledge and abilities I had. Volunteering builds up your charisma, keeps the engine turning."
Louise dreamed of becoming a social worker. As mother of three children caring for a son with learning difficulties, the dream felt a long way off.
Previously working for the Sudanese Government Statistics Bureau, Ashraf hopes to improve his English so he can use his skills again.
I love teaching children first aid; they have memories like sponges and are very receptive.
"I started to volunteer, it gave me a lot of confidence, i met different people and got lots of different skills.
In my country, I did a lot of work for what we call NGOs – organisations that help people, and are not connected to the government. Now I volunteer for a charity in Sheffield.
Having worked for the United Nations I thought getting a job in the UK would be a piece of cake - it wasn't so easy! Through volunteering I got the UK experience I needed. Now I have a job that I love.
Thanks to the volunteering, I saw my psychiatrist less and less, and now I don’t see them at all. After a few months of volunteering, I was thinking, “I can work now”.
At the café, the people there are friendly. I think my English gets better. I like the older people, they are very kind.