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Volunteering opportunities with inspirational training delivered by the WEA – starts 4th May 2017

28 Mar


For further information or to apply, please contact us by email-
alternatively, call us on 07468417353
Closing date: Applications should be received by Wednesday 19th April 2017


Wadsley Church Lunch Club are seeking Volunteers – Do you have a few hours to spare?

20 Mar

Wadsley Church Lunch Club

Worrall Rd,  S6 4BB

Is needing extra volunteers to join our team of kitchen assistants preparing, cooking, serving and clearing away the meal.

We meet Mondays, once a fortnight throughout the year, to cater for our elderly members, from 10am to about 2.30pm

The team is experienced, enthusiastic and friendly and will make you very welcome.  The work is very rewarding and much appreciated by our members.

You are given a free meal when on duty.

If you would like to know more, or to volunteer,

please phone Anne, 2348425

Take Part in the Big Lunch 2017, the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours

16 Mar



big lunch

The Big Lunch, the UK’s annual get-together for neighbours, is fast approaching, and this year we’re hoping it’ll be bigger and better than ever. We’ve joined forces with the Jo Cox Foundation to launch The Great Get-Together: the biggest community celebration since the Jubilee. The weekend will see two days of community celebrations, culminating in The Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June.

When is The Big Lunch?

The Big Lunch takes place annually in June. The date for The Big Lunch 2017 is Sunday 18 June, but you can hold a Big Lunch on any date that suits you and your community. Request a free Big Lunch starter pack here.

The official date for The Big Lunch doesn’t suit, can I still take part?

Of course! The most important thing about having a Big Lunch is bringing people together, so if the date doesn’t suit you or community we absolutely encourage you to hold your Lunch on another date. Many people hold Big Lunches throughout the year, and also at different times of the day. The Lunar Lunch is a great way to bring your community together after nightfall if a day time get together won’t work for you or your neighbours.

What is The Big Lunch’s involvement with The Great Get-Together?

Since its inception, The Big Lunch has been striving to create a ‘Thanksgiving day for neighbours’, to create opportunities for neighbours to come together. We felt that the ‘more in common’ values that Jo Cox advocated throughout her work echoed our own, and thus a partnership with The Great Get-Together and the Jo Cox Foundation made sense. The anniversary of Jo’s death is 16 June, and The Great Get-Together weekend that follows is all about furthering what we are all trying to achieve: community connections and stronger relationships.

We believe that there is no limit to what can be achieved if you do not mind who takes the credit and we hope that combining these events will achieve the biggest community celebration the UK has seen since the Jubilee. Building community spirit and coming together is our main goal. The Big Lunch forms part of the weekend — it has not been replaced by The Great Get-Together, and we expect that many Big Lunches will still take place without necessarily being part of The Great Get-Together.

Why The Big Lunch is great for communities

  • Over 70% of attendees feel The Big Lunch is good for the community
  • 94% of attendees believe The Big Lunch will have a positive impact on their community
  • 88% of organisers feel better about their neighbourhood as a result of hosting a Big Lunch
  • 65% of people who organise a Big Lunch go on to do more in their community
  • 74% of people who do The Big Lunch feel an increased sense of community
  • 38% of people who do The Big Lunch feel a surge in their own self esteem

The value of connected communities

  • £32 billion is the cost of disconnected communities to the UK economy
  • But connected communities share £15 billion worth of resources and help
  • £2.7 billion is saved by health services because of initiatives like The Big Lunch, but this could be £7.9 billion if more people took part
  • People make 20 connections on average when they take part in community activities
  • For 1 in 20 people, talking with a neighbour is the highlight of their day
  • 1 in 8 people involved in community activities go on to exercise together
  • 1 in 8 people involved in community activities go on to do something cultural together

See more about our research on the value of Connected Communities at:

Contact us via: Tel; 0845 850 8181 (local rates apply)

Connect with us on social media : Facebook, Twitter, Instagram @edencommunities

We really do hope that you will still choose to organise a Big Lunch and that the momentum gained through The Great Get-Together will inspire more people to take part in The Big Lunch for years to come.

You can find more information about The Big Lunch at: and more about The Great Get-Together at:

Councils and local authorities will no doubt play a huge part in supporting communities make The Big Lunch happen within their neighbourhoods. We know staff put a lot of time in helping promote larger events, assisting organisers with the nuts and bolts, and of course, helping with temporary road closures. While only 19% of Big Lunches last year took place on a closed road (many take place in parks, gardens, schools and
other communal spaces).

Sheffield City Councils road closure request is a simple process, all information can be found here:

If you would like help in promoting or assistance in setting up a Big Lunch within the wards of Broomhill & Sharrow Vale, City, Hillsborough and Walkley then please contact Teresa Bond, Tel: 0114 2053049 or email


Pop up Cafe in Broomhall

13 Feb


February see’s the launch of community food project Blend’s pop up cafe in Longley and Broomhall. Running weekly on a Monday at the Longley 4 Greens community centre on Southey Avenue and on a Tuesday at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, Broomhall, the cafés will be serving a range of hot and cold breakfasts and lunches to eat in or take away. The cafes will be using the best of local produce while taking inspiration from around the world for all their dishes. Dishes will range from chorizo and red pepper beans on toast and vegetable Laksa to bacon butties and cottage pie.

The cafes will also be providing training and practical experience for participants on Blend’s community café training programme. The training provides support to people looking for either paid employment or who want to volunteer in their local communities. Funded by the Big Lottery, the programme provides participants with a food hygiene training, 1 to 1 careers advice and practical experience of working in catering setting. Since beginning in January of this year, the programme is working with 20 Sheffield residents with plans to recruit more participants as the cafes expand. The income from the cafes will contribute to the ongoing running of Blend’s free employment and health and wellbeing activities. For more information on the cafes and the other activities Blend provides please visit  , or call 07468417353 between 10 and 4 Monday to Friday.

Come on board The Great British Spring Clean

9 Feb

The Great British Spring Clean is a campaign with one simple ambition. To bring together people from across the country to clear up the litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.

In 2015, one enthusiastic individual – Melissa Murdoch – had an idea to get people from all walks of life together in cleaning up the rubbish that surrounds us. Together, with Adrian Evans, Keep Britain Tidy, Country Life Magazine and a range of supporting partners the Clean for The Queen campaign inspired 250,000 people to get involved in local clean ups through March 2016. But we couldn’t leave it there…

Through March 2017, we want to inspire 500,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

We’re calling on individuals, community groups, charities, sports clubs, business, local authorities and many more to sign up and take part.

You’ll join an ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.

You can find out how to get involved here

Calling all Female Cyclists who want to encourage more women to take up cycling

9 Feb


Become a volunteer Breeze Champion

Want to inspire more women to ride? HSBC UK Breeze needs you! If you’re a female cyclist and want to encourage other women to cycle for fun and fitness, there’s no better time to become a volunteer Breeze Champion.

A Breeze Champions training course is taking place at EIS, Sheffield on Saturday 18th March. The course is free but ladies will be asked to pledge to deliver a minimum of 12 rides per year, in a voluntary capacity. Please register at

Volunteering opportunities in Marketing & Journalism in Sheffield

10 Nov

Blend volunteering opportunites

Blend initially started as a project formed by employees and volunteers of Sharrow Community Forum with an interest in using food as method to improve peoples lives. Since then, Blend has become an independent organisation (recently becoming a community interest company) with our own board of trustees. We have previously been involved in running our own supper club events, providing private catering and developing volunteer led community food projects. The basic concept is to use the money we generate from our catering services to subsidize the delivery of our employability and health activities.

We are currently looking for volunteers with an interest in marketing and journalism to help develop the e-bulletin and other elements of our marketing. More information about the benefits of volunteering with Blend can be found on the volunteering section of our website