Celebrating Volunteers Week 2020

This week (1–7 June 2020) we’re showcasing and celebrating the hard work and contribution of our volunteering community.

Throughout the lockdown period, our amazing staff, students and alumni have been volunteering across the world, and so this year it's more important than ever to say thank you to those who have given their time and services to help others when it’s needed most.

Together with colleagues in Alumni Relations and the Students’ Union, we’ve been collecting stories from staff, student and alumni volunteers sharing their experiences of volunteering during the current coronavirus pandemic. We’re delighted to be able to share some of these with you in the below video:

More volunteering stories:

John Lowndes

Despite shielding on health grounds, John Lowndes, Senior Technician in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been using his own workshop to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers and schools in South Yorkshire, including door claws and ear protectors.

Read John’s story

Face mask donations

Our international students are participating in a drive to donate vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline NHS and care staff, thanks to an initiative by International Student Support Officer Tim Cooper and Students' Union (SU) International Student Officer Sissi Li.

Find out about the scheme

Adam Tinsley standing next to a defibrillator he helped fundraise for.

In his spare time, Facilities Assistant, Adam Tinsley, volunteers as a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Community First Responders provide assistance in the critical first minutes of a medical emergency before an ambulance arrives. Volunteers are trained to use life-saving skills in their local area and are called out to respond to emergencies such as chest pains, cardiac arrest, strokes and diabetic emergencies.

Over the past two months Adam has worked over 300 hours on call and responded to around 20 emergencies in his local area.

Andy Woffindin with food donated from residences

Andy Woffindin, Contracts and Environmental Coordinator, has been helping to collect food from the Residences to donate to local food banks.

They have donated over a tonne of food to Sheffield S6 Foodbank which will help to make over 1,000 meals, over a quarter of a tonne of frozen food to Food Works, and also donated a quarter of tonne of food to the Cathedral Archer Project. Over 50 students who are still living in our accommodation were also able to take away 50 bags of tinned food.

Andy is also involved with Steel City Striders’ #StrideForSheffield virtual event, which invites everyone – walkers, runners and cyclists – to post details of their daily exercise and support Sheffield’s food banks and the Cathedral Archer Project. Since the launch, participants have clocked up 2,500 miles between them and raised over £1,000 for the charities.

Do you have a volunteering story to share? Or have you benefited from the support of volunteers? Join the conversation on Twitter using #VolunteersWeek and share your story with us @Sheffunistaff