Sheffield Futures’ social action project Sheffieldr enlisted young volunteers to brighten up Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre. The group gave the disabled entrance to the freshly opened swimming pool a much-needed lick of paint.
The Sheffieldr volunteering projects aim to make public spaces, youth clubs and other venues welcoming and attractive. Other projects have included giving a facelift to two community gardens, and helping to redecorate SHINE Health Academy, a charity for young people with weight and self-confidence issues.
Sarah Stevens, Involvement and Enrichment Manager at Sheffield Futures said: “We are so pleased to be able to offer social action projects to communities in Sheffield. Young people predominantly receive negative press, but we want to show that young people in our city have a lot to offer. We want to promote volunteering to young people and would encourage them to get involved with any future one-off volunteering days we have. There are so many benefits to volunteering, from team building and partnership working through to DIY skills!”
Young volunteer Isaac Hanson said: “I feel that it is really important, especially as a Member of Sheffield Youth Council, to give back to the communities that we live in. I feel very glad to have been able to help!”
Anita Grafton, volunteer at Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre said: “The team have made a vast difference by helping us! Everyone has done very well and we enjoyed having them. They’ve all cracked on and the work has been outstanding. It will really help us with re-opening and bringing young people to Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre.
Ella Johnson, a Member of Sheffield Youth Parliament, who helped to paint the leisure centre, said: “I originally had plans to do something else in half term but I changed them so that I could help to renovate Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre, I’m glad I did because it’s been a really great experience!”
Lee Hible, Sports Development Officer at Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre said: “It’s important to build community spirit and work in partnerships as we have been doing with Sheffield Futures. We hope that by getting Sheffield Futures volunteers helping at the centre, this will encourage more people to participate in our activities or help to run activities here!”
The Sheffieldr team are currently looking for opportunities to renovate community spaces and would love to hear from you. If you know of any community gardens that could do with tidying up, or a venue that needs a lick of paint, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0114 201 2754