29th March 2021

Students go above and beyond to help Sheffield community

It’s the end of another term that’s been challenging for all students in Sheffield, but that hasn’t stopped our members from rising to the occasion and giving back to the Sheffield community over the past year.

Despite studying remotely, students have still volunteered for local causes online. This has involved helping to combat loneliness during the pandemic by signing up with b:friend and Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC). Through either a weekly phone call or becoming pen-pals, students helped hundreds of isolated elderly neighbours to feel less alone this year.

Local school children also benefited from student volunteers’ time. Clubs and societies developed innovative ways to provide online activities to support teachers, from hockey tutorials filmed in the park to digital lessons delivered remotely by a number of student groups, including Engineers Without Borders. Sheffield University was also the top provider of volunteers for the national charity Action Tutoring, and in the autumn term, our students delivered over 95 sessions in maths and English.

Fundraising efforts continued this year too. Several sports teams took part in Movember, 24-hour club runs, and marathons to raise over £65,000 in a joint effort with Sheffield Hallam University. Sheffield Raising and Giving (RAG) also adapted to a year online with 24hr gameathons, a Virtual Valentine's Speed Dating event, and much more while continuing to work with student clubs and societies to ensure as many students as possible could get involved in fundraising throughout the pandemic.

Beth Eyre, SU President, said: “I’m immensely proud that so many of our clubs, societies, and members, were able to have such a positive impact on the local Sheffield community so far this year. Students have had challenges to face themselves this year, and they should be celebrated for all the incredible achievements they’ve managed and the contributions they’ve made during this pandemic.”

If you’re interested in volunteering check out the opportunities on our Sheffield Volunteering website



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