Archive | April, 2019

Job Opportunity – SAVTE Community and Volunteer Development Worker

24 Apr

Title: SAVTE Community and Volunteer Development Worker

Organisation: Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English (SAVTE)


This is a key role for SAVTE which will help deliver the community development function

within the organisation. The role is to work in partnership with community organisations to develop and deliver a wide range of community based activities which encourage both community engagement and informal English language development. The role will be essential in recruiting and retaining a diverse volunteer base who are trained and supported to deliver SAVTE activities in the community and in learners’ homes. In carrying out the role, the postholder will be working as a member of the experienced SAVTE staff team.



* Working with and consulting members of the community, local organisations and service providers to develop a range of appropriate, accessible provision in local community settings that brings people together, encourages participation, and generates aspiration and confidence.
* Supporting volunteers to lead community based English practice or activity groups which contribute to both English language development and informal social opportunities/community activities.
* Actively engage, recruit, train and support volunteers from within the communities where SAVTE delivers activities in order to enhance skills  based community development and empowerment.
* Support local community groups, or individuals, to identify and develop activities and opportunities that respond to community need and aspirations, through both community engagement and language practice and development.
* Work with community groups for whom English language is a barrier to, a) understand their rights and responsibilities and b) to confidently engage with and represent their needs to service providers.
* Developing new projects, including identifying funding opportunities that contribute to SAVTE’s aims.


* Recruiting volunteers to provide either one to one support in learners’ homes or to facilitate community based activity groups.
* Contributing to the planning and design of SAVTE volunteer training and delivering elements of the volunteer training course (either weekends or evenings).
* Providing on-going support for a cohort of volunteers through group workshops as part of continuing volunteer development, to ensure that volunteer placements (group and 1to1) meet the learners’ needs. This may include dealing with any issues that may arise during placement, supporting session and resource planning, addressing topical issues and providing end of placement reviews and impact assessments.
* Designing, producing and sharing resources to be used by volunteers both in conversation groups and classes. These will be available through the online forum and within the resource centre.


* Raising SAVTE’s public profile to reach more members of the community and attract a greater diversity of potential volunteers. This may include networking, encouraging engagement through “word of mouth”, attending community events, producing publicity and providing social media input.
* Raising awareness of the value of volunteering, language learning and participation
* Ongoing development work to build links with organisations and key partnerships which share the overall aims and values of SAVTE.


* When required, process learner referrals and applications, to ensure that those learners furthest away from accessing formal ESOL provision are prioritised for support.
* Support volunteers to assess learners’ needs and determine, in consultation with both the learner and volunteer, what SAVTE input is appropriate, whether it is in their home, within a community setting or requires a referral to other activities or agencies.
* Ensure that all volunteer placements are monitored to ensure that both the learner and volunteer are benefitting from the placement.
* Ensure that a forward plan is agreed with the learner at the end of 6 months, based on their circumstances and need. This will include providing advice and guidance and where possible and appropriate progress learners into community activities or more formal learning opportunities.
* Maintain records of the progress and outcome (impact) of placements, including measuring skills acquisition, health and wellbeing indicators, and progression and confidence levels as required by funders and for SAVTE’s self-evaluation.
* Ensure that volunteers are accountable for the work they are undertaking and adhere to SAVTE’s policies and procedures.
* Ensure that all learner and volunteer records are up to date on the database.


* Participating in supervision appraisals, team and partnership meetings.

* Identifying own training needs within supervision and attending training courses and events as necessary.
* Ensuring all activities comply with SAVTE’S agreed policies and procedures.
* Undertaking own administration as necessary.
* Work as a member of the SAVTE staff team.
* Undertaking any other duties as required consistent with the nature of the post.

Job Category: Development & Support

Contract Type: Part Time

Hours: 28

Benefits: SAVTE has a workplace pension scheme which complies with current legal minimum contribution rates which include a compulsory employee contribution.
Hours; 28 hours per week over 4 (Monday-Thursday) or 5 days (Job share may be available if other funding becomes available.

Closing Date: 07/05/2019

How to Apply: If you wish to apply for the post, please fill in both the application form and our equal opportunities monitoring form
Please return completed applications to the address above marked confidential for the attention of Maymona Ghannam, or by email to by midday on Tuesday 7th of May 2019.

Salary: pro rata £23,866-£24,904

Garden Competition

18 Apr

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International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

18 Apr

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Broomhall Litter Pick

15 Apr

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Ice Age – The Lost Kingdom Sheffield

11 Apr

Ice Age – The Lost Kingdom continues its UK tour to Norfolk Heritage Park in Sheffield. Opening on the 18th May and closing on the 2nd June 2019. Please note that we are closed on the 20th, 21st and 22nd May. Ice Age – The Lost Kingdom makes a fascinating and educational day out for families. Entry is hourly from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm. Visitors must arrive within the hour entry time they have chosen. For example, if you purchase a 10am ticket you must arrive between 10am and 11am. Tickets will be scanned on arrival so please show your printed tickets or download them and show them on your phone.

Please Note: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Children aged 2 and under enter free and do not need a ticket. Child tickets are for ages 3-16. There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue, so visitors will not be able to store bags or large items. Children’s scooters, skates and bicycles are not permitted on site. Only guide dogs are permitted at the event. Thank you.
Children aged 2 and under are free and do not need a ticket. There are no cloakroom facilities at the venue, so visitors will not be able to store bags, buggies or bikes etc. Children’s bikes, scooters and skates are not permitted inside the event. Only guide dogs are allowed, no other pets are permitted onsite.

Venue Address: Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Ave, Sheffield, S2 2PL

Accessibility: The pathways are a mixture of hard standing, grass and dirt track, and temporary plastic pathway. The event route is mostly accessible to wheelchair users and for pushchairs. Please be aware that some areas may have a few steps and some uneven flooring as we are on a public park site. Our teams onsite are ready to assist any wheelchair users where possible and offer route guidance and advice as we would like all our visitors to enjoy the event and make the most of their visit.

Parking: To retain the peace of the park and the local residents, there is limited parking at the event. There will be some reserved disabled parking for registered blue badge holders made available. There is some on-street parking around Norfolk Heritage Park, if arriving by car, please be considerate to residents and other drivers when parking. Please note, we advise using public transport to travel to the event, which is well served by local bus, tram and train services.

Travel By Bike: Norfolk Heritage Park is only a 13-minute cycle ride from the city centre along Norfolk Road and South Street.

Travel by Bus/Tram: You can take buses 74, 74a, 50, 50a and 53 from Sheffield City Centre or take the Stagecoach Supertram.

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Is your child school ready?

11 Apr

In 2018, there were over 900 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in England.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and can lead to serious health complications and in rare cases can be fatal.

We want to make sure that all pre-school children are protected from Measles, Mumps and Rubella and are fully vaccinated before they start school this September.

We are urging parents and guardians of all pre-school children to check with their GP that they are fully up to date with the 2 doses of the MMR vaccine.

Let this be one less thing you have to worry about before they start school.

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Healthy Living On A Budget

9 Apr

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Hate Crime – report it!

5 Apr

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Sheffield Dementia Tea Room

5 Apr

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