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Thank you to city's volunteers

Thank you to city's volunteers

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.

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Beth: volunteer at SAGE

Beth: volunteer at SAGE

"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. "

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Parent Champions

Parent Champions

Sheffield's involvement of Parent Champion volunteers has been praised by the Family and Childcare Trust.

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I Volunteer...in my village

I Volunteer...in my village

Chief Executive Sue White volunteers near her home. Read on for her story...

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I Volunteer...at Learn for Life

I Volunteer...at Learn for Life

Liz Searle works in the Volunteer Centre and volunteers at Learn for Life.

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I Volunteer...at the Ethel Trust

I Volunteer...at the Ethel Trust

Keith Levy, Small Groups Development Worker at VAS, also volunteers for the Ethel Trust. Read our interview with him here...

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I Volunteer...in two roles

I Volunteer...in two roles

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."

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I volunteer...at FURD

I volunteer...at FURD

Read Hardeep's story of why she volunteers at Football Unites, Racism Divides.

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I Volunteer...at Sheffield Live

I Volunteer...at Sheffield Live

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.

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I Volunteer...do you?

I Volunteer...do you?

Our survey of VAS staff showed that many of us volunteer for other organisations. Here is one of the stories...

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Volunteering means exploring new adventures and developing new skills

Volunteering means exploring new adventures and developing new skills

Darren Lee is a keen volunteer and has done many different roles over the years. Read our interview with him here.

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Sheffield pensioner forced to retire after stroke ‘given purpose in life’ by volunteering

Sheffield pensioner forced to retire after stroke ‘given purpose in life’ by volunteering

A Sheffield pensioner who started volunteering after a stroke forced her to retire says the experience has changed her life.

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‘I feel like a Sheffielder now’

‘I feel like a Sheffielder now’

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.

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‘Volunteering saved us’ say charity duo

‘Volunteering saved us’ say charity duo

Two young South Yorkshire men have revealed how working with young people has helped turn their lives around.

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Najma-interviewed for Volunteers' Week

Najma-interviewed for Volunteers' Week

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.

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Someyeh

Someyeh

I was very active in my country and I need to be active as well here.

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Irene the Ambassador

Irene the Ambassador

Read our interview with Volunteer Ambassador Irene Ibanda about her involvement in volunteering and her motivation for encouraging others to volunteer.

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Pride finds happiness in volunteering

Pride finds happiness in volunteering

When I volunteer I am happy because I know I have made another person happy.

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10 Years of Refugees Volunteering in Sheffield

10 Years of Refugees Volunteering in Sheffield

The New Beginnings project celebrates 10 years of supporting refugees to volunteer and organisations to involve them well.

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Roger Frogatt

Roger Frogatt

I’d say to anybody who was thinking of becoming a volunteer: don’t just think about it – DO IT!

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Oday

Oday

Getting a job felt like mission impossible

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Mick: 'didn't want to be a couch potato'

Mick: 'didn't want to be a couch potato'

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!’

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Claudia

Claudia

Volunteering helped me to improve my English and get a job

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Chamu is a Ranger

Chamu is a Ranger

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.

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I Just Love it! Senior  Citizens Volunteering

I Just Love it! Senior Citizens Volunteering


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Time well spent

Time well spent

A short film of people in Sheffield showing why they love spending their time volunteering

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Mukhtar Hassan

Mukhtar Hassan

I always dreamed of working for the NHS. Now i can work my way up bit by bit.

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Rainbows End Charity Shop

Rainbows End Charity Shop

Refugee volunteers help us to be visible representation of our diverse community so everyone feels welcome when they come in to the shop.

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Abdul - a highly qualified volunteer

Abdul - a highly qualified volunteer

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.

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Your confidence grows when you volunteer

Your confidence grows when you volunteer

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.

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Alain

Alain

"I saw myself losing the knowledge and abilities I had. Volunteering builds up your charisma, keeps the engine turning."

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Louise's CV transformed by volunteering

Louise's CV transformed by volunteering

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.

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Ashraf Easa

Ashraf Easa

Previously working for the Sudanese Government Statistics Bureau, Ashraf hopes to improve his English so he can use his skills again.

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Kate does first-aid with the Red Cross

Kate does first-aid with the Red Cross

I love teaching children first aid; they have memories like sponges and are very receptive.

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Wahid

Wahid

"I started to volunteer, it gave me a lot of confidence, i met different people and got lots of different skills.

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Abera

Abera

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.

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Binta

Binta

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.

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Maryam

Maryam

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”.

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Paw

Paw

At the café, the people there are friendly. I think my English gets better. I like the older people, they are very kind.

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