Thinking about volunteering?

Thinking about volunteering?

Tash Bright No Comment

At Sheffield Futures, we rely on our fantastic volunteers who give their time and energy to ensure our services run smoothly and are the best they can be for the young people we support.

We asked Jess, one of the volunteers for Door43’s Wellbeing Cafe, to write a blog so that you can see what it’s really like to be a volunteer at Sheffield Futures, and how she balances this with studying at university…

I’m Jess and I am a Nutrition and Public Health student at Sheffield Hallam University. Before starting university in September 2016, I was determined to make the most of my 3 years in Sheffield and try to get involved with as many activities as possible! One of the first things that I did during Fresher’s Week was visit the volunteering team at the Students’ Union to ask about any possible opportunities. However, it wasn’t until the Sheffield Volunteering Fair at the Town Hall that I met the wonderfully enthusiastic Elliot on a Sheffield Futures stall and I knew that I needed to be involved with the amazing work that they do to support vulnerable young people.

On Tuesday 31st October 2017 I attended Door43’s Wellbeing Café for the first time and started my role as a volunteer. It has been amazing to see the café go from strength-to-strength and being able to support so many young people to be aware of their mental health. I have felt welcome, appreciated and respected since day 1 at the café, not only by the amazing team of staff members but also by the young people.

We all know how much of a difference just taking a moment to talk to somebody can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and I am so proud that I have been able to facilitate that opportunity along with other incredible volunteers.

One aspect of volunteering at the Wellbeing Café that I did not anticipate, was the incredibly positive impact that it has had on my own mental health. Helping to set up the refreshments, preparing the resources and being involved in the activities has become something that I look forward to days before I attend. The flexibility of the role has meant that I have not been made to feel as though I am letting anybody down and this has helped with balancing this experience alongside my academic studies.

I could not finish this post off without thanking Elliot for this wonderful opportunity, but also to the Door43 staff for making me feel so welcome as a volunteer at the café. It is always a daunting experience going somewhere new and especially when you do not know exactly what to expect, but I have always been made to feel a part of the team and this has made my time volunteering here an absolute pleasure. Thank you!

How you can help

Our charity is dedicated to helping Sheffield's young people to reach their full potential and achieve the best out of life, whatever their starting point. To help us to do more to support young people and communities we need your help. Just remember, every penny you donate will make a difference.