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Volunteering

We are currently not accepting new volunteers. Our volunteer team is at capacity. If you are interested in volunteering please visit this page in the future or follow us on social media for updates about future opportunities to get involved!

Join us as a volunteer and join the movement working to make Sheffield a place of safety and welcome for people seeking sanctuary.

Volunteering at City of Sanctuary Sheffield is a chance to make a real difference in your local community and connect with people who hold the same vision of a city that is safe and welcoming to all.

Volunteers are involved in all our teams and bring a huge amount of experience to the work we do. At City of Sanctuary Sheffield community is at the heart of what we do and all of our volunteers are central to this. We work with resilience and joy and always work to find cause for connection and celebration. 

Between us there is power to build the change we want to see.  

What is it like to volunteer at City of Sanctuary Sheffield?

Volunteer Roles 

Volunteers can join the City of Sanctuary Sheffield team in a wide variety of roles.  

We welcome volunteers who have lived experience of seeking sanctuary or migration to the UK and can offer additional support and opportunities. We also have opportunities available for people who are improving their English.

Things to Consider Before Applying for a Volunteer Role

  • Our volunteer opportunities require availability during our opening hours: Monday- Thursday 10 am-4 pm.
  • We can only accommodate volunteers who are aged 18 or over.  
  • We ask that volunteers can commit to a morning or afternoon (three hours) per week, for a minimum of three months.   

If this doesnโ€™t fit your availability, please explore these volunteering opportunities at some of other incredible organisations that work across Sheffield to support people seeking sanctuary.

How to Apply 

Please complete our online volunteer application form.

Once you have filled in an application you will then be invited to an induction session, which are held approximately once a month. After the induction, we will contact your references. Then you will have a discussion with Alexi (our Volunteer Coordinator) about which role would be best for you. This is based on your personal preference, your skills, the days that you can commit to volunteering and our capacity in each area. 

If you have any questions please contact Alexi, City of Sanctuary Sheffieldโ€™s Volunteer Coordinator: by email: [email protected]; by text or WhatsApp: 07494036559 or visit The Sanctuary, 37-39 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD; Monday โ€“ Thursday 10 am โ€“ 4 pm.

Starting your role and support from City of Sanctuary Sheffield

  • Following the induction, you will be contacted by the staff member who will be supporting you in your role.
  • You will receive role-specific training.
  • We provide ongoing general training. Some recent training sessions include; Safeguarding and Boundaries, Basic First Aid, Signposting and An Introduction to Campaigning.
  • We aim to support volunteers in their further personal and professional development beyond volunteering.
  • All volunteers have the opportunity to change roles and learn new skills in the future.
  • Volunteer mutual support sessions, facilitated by a psychologist or trainee psychologist, are organised to help process emotions and issues arising from supporting our service users and visitors.
  • We also organise regular volunteer social gatherings to show appreciation for their input and foster team spirit.
  • Volunteer expenses. We aim to eliminate the financial barriers to volunteering and make it accessible to as broad a cross-section of society as possible (especially people seeking asylum) by reimbursing any out-of-pocket expenses. This would normally cover travel costs, and lunch, if the volunteer is required to be present all day.