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Sheffield - a city of Volunteers? A volunteering city?

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Social action, pro-bono work or being neighbourly are all forms of volunteering (people freely giving their time for the benefit of others) and this makes a significant contribution to Sheffield.

Sheffield has a strong history of volunteering, but there are compelling reasons to take a strategic approach to increasing the engagement of people with expertise as well as investing in enabling others to learn skills and improve their health through volunteering.

A wealth of research highlights the individual benefits of volunteering and it could already be contributing £500m per year to the Sheffield economy and £400m in private value to individuals (enhanced well-being, health benefits and increased skills and employability) as well as significant benefits to Sheffield's society as a whole.

However, research also indicates that it is the wealthiest and healthiest members of society who volunteer most, and those with arguably the most to gain, are least likely to volunteer. Volunteering is based more on the friends you know and where you live and this won't change without a planned approach to enable fair access to volunteering,

Most of the research available is national or international and we want build a local picture so we can confidently say who is volunteering in Sheffield, where it happens and what it brings to the city.

By improving our approach there is potential to make a significant, cost effective improvements to the economy, individuals and society.

VAS is inviting strategic partners across all sectors in Sheffield to come together to explore the potential change volunteering can make, identify what action is needed and develop a plan to make Sheffield a city that gets the benefit from volunteers, and where everyone is able to benefit from volunteering.

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017 9:30 - 1pm

Venue: The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane


Further thinking:

How does volunteering relate to your organisation?

Volunteering covers a broad spectrum . Where do you and your organisation have a role to play?

- Internal involvement:

How you manage volunteers within your organisation

- Promotion of volunteering to people who use your services:

How and when do you encourage people to volunteer as part of their personal development or recovery?

- Staff volunteering:

Employee volunteering or supporting staff to volunteer and share expertise with charities in Sheffield

- Strategic change:

What is your role in enabling strategic change in Sheffield? This could be engaging in work groups, identifying gaps and solutions, Commissioning services differently, sharing best practice etc


How can volunteering benefit Sheffield?

These are some of the broad areas of benefit that volunteering can have and are potential working group themes. What is missing? Are these the right groups?

City benefits

- Improving services

- Improving cohesion and local communities

- Improving the economy


Benefits to people

- Health and wellbeing (Improving physical and mental health)

- Skills development
Entry level through to high level professional development. Volunteering facilitates learning new skills, building confidence, gaining experience to enhance paid work opportunities.

- Personal (Increasing social connections, building confidence, )

- Cohesion (Feeling safer and more connected with an area or people).

- Inclusive volunteering (Support to people with barriers to enable them to volunteer)

- Employee and High skilled volunteers
Connecting people with skills and expertise to share knowledge and support local charities.




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