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4 Weeks of Action Volunteering Programme November 2018

Mental Health

ShipShape Activities Volunteer

ShipShape is a non profit community organisation empowering people to improve their health & wellbeing and to tackle health inequalities. The welcoming community centre runs lots of fun, supportive group and one-to-one sessions & events, including cooking and exercise/sports. Get involved and support clients so they get the most out of the activities! Pick a session or two:

Cooking on a Budget on Mondays 12.30pm-2.30pm

Walking Football on Tuesdays 12:30pm-2pm

Breakfast Club on Wednesdays 10am-12pm

Friday Fun! Men's Group, Craft Group and Table Tennis on Fridays 11am-2.30pm

Friday Friendly Drop In Session at Sheffield Mind

Fridays in November 12.45pm - 3pm

Sheffield Mind is an independent charity, offering a range of services and support to improve people's mental health. Support the Friday drop in session at the Wellbeing Centre which is for people who are lonely or isolated to come along and make friends, have a chat or just enjoy a cup of tea and relax in a safe and supportive environment. You could organise a quiz or group activity, or play some acoustic music, or just come along and have a chat and make people feel welcome.

Sunnybank Nature Reserve Volunteer

Wednesday 28th November 10am - 12pm

Did you know there is a nature reserve just ten minutes walk away from the SU?! Get some healthy exercise and help us look after this tiny but fantastic nature reserve. It’s a great way to explore the reserve and get involved. We’ll be undertaking a variety of tasks including vegetation management, fence repairs and access improvements. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed and we will provide equipment and training.

Mental Health Matters

Wednesday 14th November

MHM is a Sheffield SU society who campaign for mental health awareness and to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Go along to this friendly weekly session to meet other like-minded people, get involved in activities and campaigns, and improve your mental health and well-being. Everyone is welcome. Check the Mental Health Matters Facebook page for updates and a location /ShefUniMHM

Food Poverty

Red Robin House Garden Makeover

Tuesday 6th November, Tuesday 20th November 12pm - 4.30pm

Combat food poverty in the community! Get out in the fresh air and blitz the school garden to get it ready for growing vegetables in the Spring. Red Robin House want the garden to be a resource for the school and community, helping to educate about food growing and combatting food poverty. But first it needs a bit of a tidy up and sort out and for that we need you! Help primary school children get excited about gardening and growing food, then help create a community feast with local families using vegetables and fruit from the garden and other donated food supplies.

Day Zero - Save Our Sandwiches

Friday 9th, 23rd November 4pm - 6pm

Help Save Our Sandwiches with their Day Zero - aiming to leave zero food waste on campus! They collect huge amounts of waste food on Fridays and need all the volunteers possible to help collect it all and then deliver it to the Salvation Army with the other volunteers. Meet the friendly group in the Activities Zone at 4pm.

Chutney & Cooking with Abundance @ Foodhall

Tuesdays in November, 6-10pm

Abundance aims to reduce food waste, provide communities with healthy fresh fruit and celebrate the harvest! Join Abundance at the fantastic Foodhall to warm your cockles, gather together to chop, chatter, preserve and cook the rescued fruit! -Everyone gets a jar of chutney to take home (for at least 1 hour's making)! -Bring veggie food to share for our tea! -Bring a clean apron and a knife if you can! -Possible 2nds to take home too if we have spare! -Please share recipe ideas, new appley cooking/preserving recipes welcome! Join the event on Facebook:

Visit Sharehouse Market

Thursday 22nd November, 11.45am - 2.30pm (approx finish time)

The Sharehouse Market is a pay-as-you-feel store run by The Real Junk Food Project  which stocks fresh fruit and veg, flowers, bread, baked goods, snacks, drinks, cupboard staples and more. Shockingly all of the products they stock would have been destined for the bin.

We will meet at the SU, and travel by bus together to the Sharehouse Market where you can have a look round and buy somethings. Afterwards we will return to the SU, treat you to a coffee, and chat about what we can do to reduce our food waste.

Supermarket Sweep Food Donations Volunteer

Friday 30th November 9-11am; 11am-1pm; 1-3pm; 3-5pm

Foodbanks play a vital role in helping to feed people who are in crisis, especially over Christmas and into the new year. You can make a difference and change lives by giving just a couple of hours of your time at a supermarket collection… Hand out shopping lists of items to shoppers as they enter the store and collect donations in trolleys as they leave.

Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Sheffield Donations for Refugees

Thursdays in November 10.30am - 1.15pm (you can do just one session or more)

Do you like getting things organised and tidy? Do you want to help refugees in Sheffield and Northern France? Sheffield Donations for Refugees are looking for volunteers to help sort, organise and pack donations to send to refugees in Calais, Northern France and in Sheffield at The City of Sanctuary. Get stuck into the treasure trove of donations - clothes, boots and shoes, unlocked phones and more!

Refugee Conversation Club Volunteer

Friday 26th November 1pm- 4.30pm

Spend an afternoon meeting new people at this friendly conversation club. Chat to refugees and asylum seekers who are looking to improve their English and learn a bit more about British culture. This is an amazing opportunity to get to know people from across the world.

Global Community Football

Sundays 11th, 18th November

Are you a footballer? Are you free for an hour on Sunday afternoons? Join this football club for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Volunteers just need to come along and play football in a friendly and inclusive environment. No professional skills required!


Help Out at Ben's Centre!

Various dates throughout November

Help vulnerable clients at Ben's Centre to set up email addresses and bank accounts in preparation for Universal Credit, the new benefits system that is being rolled out across England. No experience or special skills required.

Roundabout Sleep Out! Volunteers and Participants

Friday 9th November 8pm - 7am the following morning

Volunteer and Participant roles - Help a youth homeless charity and be a part of an event that allows you to experience a little bit of what homeless people go through. Be inspired by young people supported by Roundabout and hear how youth homelessness is an issue in our city and how you can help. Food and entertainment provided!

Volunteer role Roundabout need bubbly and organised volunteers who can welcome our guests and be on hand to help throughout the event. There are a choice of roles from ad-hoc photographer, registration, refreshments, activity helpers (including games and entertainment). Flexible timings on the night/ morning.

Participant role

Could you ‘rough it’ for one night to prevent homelessness becoming a reality for vulnerable young people in Sheffield? We’re asking you to brave the cold winter night by swapping your bed for a sleeping bag and a cold hard floor in a warehouse and raise as much in sponsorship as possible (£100 please!) to help us support young homeless people in Sheffield. Enjoy some food and entertainment during the evening, then at midnight it’s lights down and into sleeping bags as the challenge begins. We will freeze the Early Bird Sign Up price of £10 for University of Sheffield students, promo code: RED18.

Support on a Sunday

Sunday 11th November or Sunday 18th November 12pm - 4.30pm

Provide a warm and welcome environment for Sheffield's homeless and vulnerable at this friendly volunteer-run shelter. Greet, chat and play games with guests, and serve tea/coffee/soup and a hot two course meal.

Homelessness Information Session and Wellbeing Cafe

Monday 19th November, 5.30pm, View Deli Cafe

Come along to this informal talk to find out more about homelessness and related social issues in Sheffield and then stay for some delicious food at the Wellbeing Cafe. Emily from the Cathedral Archer Project will talk about their work & other local organisations, and what you can do to help. Meet other like-minded people afterwards at the Wellbeing Cafe. The delicious vegetarian and vegan food is provided by the Real Junk Food Project, would have otherwise gone to waste is on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis (recommended donation just £2). Everyone is welcome!

Breakfast Club Volunteer at the Cathedral Archer Project

Various dates, Tuesday 20th - Friday 30th November, 8am - 10.30am

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Could you give a couple of hours of your time to serve hot breakfasts to some of the most vulnerable people in our city? Every morning the Cathedral Archer Project's Breakfast Club ensures homeless and vulnerable people have a good start to the day. As a volunteer you will help prepare and serve the food and drinks, and gain an insight into a local homeless charity.

“Socks and Chocs” Donation Drive!

During November we are collecting donations of Socks and Chocolates for local homelessness charities. If you have warm feet, you are more likely to stay warm and this is really important for people who are living on the streets or in vulnerable accommodation. And who doesn't like chocolate...?!

Have a warm heart and donate adults socks and chocolates, so that people living in vulnerable conditions have warm feet and a treat this winter. Bring your donations (new socks and in-date chocs) to the Volunteering Office, Activities Zone, SU. Or set up your own collection point with your society, department or sports club. Let us know what you are planning and we can celebrate your brilliant work!

Can you help us to make our donations drive bigger and better? We are looking for volunteers to help with the marketing and promotion across the Students’ Union and University. Test your marketing skills and flex your creative muscles, this is a flexible role and open to ideas!

The 4 Weeks of Action campaign, hosted by Sheffield Volunteering in your SU, is a chance for you to find out about, and engage with, 4 issues in our city. . Throughout November we have lots of opportunities for you to get involved and make a difference. We will also be sharing lots of information about the 4 key themes on our social media. The themes are: Mental Health, Refugees & Asylum Seekers, Food Poverty and Homelessness. Take action in your city! Visit our website and search '4 weeks'.

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