December 5, 2014
by Julie Smith
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.
Volunteering is a good place to start ‘giving’ – it doesn’t cost anything, other than your time, and you can give as much or as little as you can afford. The community you are giving your time to obviously benefits directly, but there can also be surprising benefits for the volunteers themselves.
Sheffield Volunteering has a huge range of fun and exciting projects you can get involved in. From kids activities, working with the elderly and the homeless to conservation, sports and everything in between! You’ll find one-off & flexible as well as longer term options – all to fit in with your spare time.
The Sports Volunteering programme is specifically aimed at the sporting minded. You can volunteer in coaching, events organisation, assisting coaches and sports administration.
You could volunteer with Hallam Union, alongside our staff and students, making a difference in the community through a variety of enjoyable community projects in and around Sheffield.
Sheffield Freegive Group connects people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns. Their goal is to keep usable items out of the landfills and, at the same time, you can help someone in your community by gifting them the item you no longer need.
This year saw Free Cakes for kids in Sheffield celebrating baking their 50th birthday cake! If you’d like to get involved, they’re looking for volunteers who can help with the non-baking side of Free Cakes for Kids Sheffield. So, if baking isn’t where your skills lie, you can still help!
And last but not least, why not give something amazing this Christmas? The festive season is traditionally a time where blood donations drop. Donated blood is a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments and is not just used in emergencies. Over 25% of us will require blood at least once in our lifetime, however only 4% of adults are currently donors! Sheffield has its own Donor Centre (open 5 days a week) or you can find and book a session online which is near to you.