With over 400 older people live in Sheffcare homes, our volunteer challenge is to attract kind, caring people to become volunteers in our care homes across the city.
Our volunteers engage with our Residents to provide social interaction and a wide range of stimulating activities which supplement the activities our employees provide.
Our volunteers can donate their time in any way they can, it may be minutes or hours, weeks or months leading to years. Any time given will make a real difference to our Residents.
Volunteers help bring the community back into our resident’s worlds. Some residents don’t have living friends or family and nearly all welcome additional company, which is where volunteers can make a meaningful difference to people living at Sheffcare care homes though befriending and taking part in activities.
Volunteers receive training for their role and there are opportunities for further development, such as initiatives and projects that will add to the volunteering experience.
We are interested in our volunteer’s views and opinions and by sharing these there is the chance to influence and develop our volunteer programme.
Volunteering is very much a two way process and many volunteers get great satisfaction from the time they invest and by giving back to society. They often gain a sense of achievement and they may developing friendships and attachments to our residents. It often helps develop confidence and communication skills.
If you are looking for a career in health and social care this type of volunteering can be invaluable and enhance your CV. There is the possibility of volunteering leading onto paid employment for the right person, as we have a pathway from volunteering in to paid work.
In addition we welcome volunteers to enhance our gardens and outside spaces. We welcome people who will tidy and trim plants and borders and raised beds, do some planting and maybe even give us ideas of the best and most attractive plants to buy or to give our fences and gates and outside furniture a fresh coat of paint or stain.
The volunteer programme also generates paperwork and volunteer admin posts are sometimes available. This voluntary role helps us engage with more volunteers. The more volunteers we have the greater difference we make.
We are inclusive in our approach to volunteering and we welcome one and all to consider and explore these exciting opportunities.
TestimonialsSee what our volunteers say about Sheffcare
"Volunteering with SheffCare has improved my confidence and allowed me to gain practical experience in caring for older people and those with Dementia. I know that without the experience I would not have gained employment at a Sheffcare home that I can fit around my studies."
"Volunteering has helped me more than I can ever put down in words. I started volunteering in order to become more confident with leaving the house as I was struggling quite badly with social anxiety. By volunteering with SheffCare I have not just built up my confidence and self esteem but I have also made friendships with the staff and residents which I know will last many years."
"I really enjoy coming to Burnt Tree Croft, there is a friendly atmosphere. I like the tasks that have been given me, planting, weeding, litter picking, painting and staining outside garden furniture and fencing. Being able to work independently, it gives me more confidence and a sense of freedom. I feel I have achieved a lot and the outside of Burnt Tree looks so much better. I am pleased with what I have done, I get a lot of fulfilment from what I have done, it is rewarding. I feel respected and valued by the people."
"Volunteering for Sheffcare has been a fantastic experience, seeing the difference you can make to someone life with just a chat or a little activity is amazing and the stories they have to share are incredible. The staff and residents at Cotleigh are so lovely and welcoming, not only am I feeling amazing for helping others it is also helping with my depression, getting out and making others happy. I would definitely recommend volunteering to other people."
"Volunteering at Sheffcare was a big step for me as I’m not the most confident person, but starting out with the activity workers really helps you to get more comfortable. Spending time with the residents is always a rewarding experience- especially seeing them smile and laugh. Plus it’s nice to know that you’ve made a difference to someone’s day even if only for a few hours!"
"Volunteering with Sheffcare has been a really good experience. Specifically at Grange Crescent, the staff are lovely and really passionate about their work which inspires me to help out more. It's really good experience in a care setting and great for enhancing my CV as well, and the experiences and skills I've learnt will be invaluable when applying for both masters degrees and jobs in the future."
"Meeting the residents has been more interesting than I thought it would - they have so many stories to tell! And while some are challenging, gaining experience in care interaction has been great. I would really recommend volunteering with Sheffcare to anyone interested in a health or care role. Thank you!"