For some people, university life brings with it quite a lot of free time and often it can seem like there’s almost too much of it. Whilst I definitely do not feel like this in third year, I did find that I had some time to offer particularly in my first and second years of my English Lit degree. For me, volunteering was the perfect solution!
There are so many projects available across the university and also the wider Sheffield community. Here are just a few examples of current volunteering projects:
Clubbing Crew Volunteer: involves supporting adults with learning difficulties to have a fun night out at your SU!
Charity Shop Volunteer: roles are currently available with Oxfam, Bluebell Wood Hospice and many others around the city.
Guildford Grange Volunteer: form friendship with an older person through arts, crafts and games in a local residential home to help combat loneliness.
Word Club Volunteer: Work with Year 2 children after school to supplement their literacy learning.
WISE Mental Health Volunteer: deliver workshops to educate young people on mental health and common mental health illnesses.
These are just some of the projects available – there are so many more to choose from! Have a look on https://www.sheffieldvolunteering.com/ to find a project that works for you and to register your interest. Alternatively, you can pop into the Volunteering Office in the SU (near Coffee Revolution) to see what else there is on offer.
Volunteering is great for developing skills that you can’t necessarily get from your university degree alone. And don’t forget, you can also get HEAR recognition for your sustained commitment on a volunteering project!