Charities offer “life-changing” career opportunities at Sheffield volunteer fair

Almost 25 charities took part in a volunteering fair at Sheffield Town Hall today to offer “life-changing” career opportunities.

There was something for everyone, with just a few of the names including Museum Sheffield, St Luke’s Hospice, British Red Cross and even the Sheffield Cat Sanctuary.

Paul Harvey, manager of Sheffield Volunteering Centre, said: “This is a good way of promoting volunteering really widely and showcasing the 25 odd charities here who are doing brilliant stuff and enabling people to come and meet them face to face.

“To be quite honest, volunteering is nothing short of life-changing for some people.”

The event was hosted by Sheffield Volunteering Centre and Sheffield Hallam University.

Amala Anyika, the centre’s volunteering co-ordinator, said: “We have lots of contact with different organisations, so it seemed like a good idea to combine both of us in one event.

“It’s important for people to be able to be able to come down to the volunteering fair, and maybe meet with an organisation that they’ve never thought of volunteering with, or that they’ve never actually heard of and find something that’s right for them.”

Around 50 charities were originally meant to attend, but many couldn’t make it due to the snow.

Fran Bradshaw, volunteer co-ordinator for St Luke’s Hospice, said: “Considering the weather it’s been a good turnout. It’s been great for networking because there’s a lot of people I’ve not met before.”

Ruth Bean, representing Museums Sheffield, added: “We’ve been able to have really good, in-depth conversations with people to find out what they’re looking for, and what roles we might have that suit them.

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