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Volunteer for Sheffield

Care and Support Volunteers


Would you be willing to join a volunteer care and support workforce?


We are creating a list of volunteers who can help their communities if needed as part of our business continuity planning. We’ll provide all of the training you need and at this point want to create a list so that we are ready to begin the training if needed.

What would I be asked to do?

The things you could assist with will vary depending on your current experience, skills and the level of checks required. You may be asked to do simple things such as checking on a vulnerable person to make sure they have what they need, providing some reassurance, making a meal or tidying up. For those with the relevant skills and experience you may be asked to help with personal care. You won’t be asked to do anything you don’t feel comfortable with.

Who can help?

We want the list of volunteers to be as extensive as possible; this will help us ensure we have support available across the city. You don’t need to work in care and support and all employees have skills that may be useful.

How do I volunteer?

You can register your interest by providing the following information to

  • Name
  • Home Address
  • Contact details
  • Any relevant skills
  • Are you willing to be trained provide personal care?
  • Access to Transport
  • If have access to current DBS:
    • Current DBS Yes/No
    • Expiry Date

If I volunteer and am contacted to help, who should I tell and how will my time be calculated?

During work hours you should gain approval from your line manager before responding. This is just to make sure you can be released (ie, that you’re not already doing another type of business critical work).  Out of work hours you should inform family/friends.

Any time that you work outside your normal work hours can be claimed back as time in lieu (TIL). The time you can claim back is ‘hour for hour’, taken with the agreement of your line manager.

If I volunteer does this mean I have to respond to every request?

No, you can register an interest and respond as required. There may be times where you are not able to help for various reasons and we understand this.  If you decide that you don’t want to be part of the volunteer care and support network at a later date you can ask for your details to be removed from the list.


Twilight class to mark World Social Work Day

‘Promoting the importance of human relationships’.

Our theme for this event centres on women’s homelessness, adoption and issues for birth parents.

You are warmly invited to attend a twilight event to mark World Social Work Day on 17th March, organised by the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield.


Guest Speakers:

Professor Anya Ahmed, University of Salford

Dr Kesia Reeve, Sheffield Hallam University

Hannah Gal, producer/documentary maker

Joe Smeeton, University of Sheffield



Tuesday, 17th March from 16:45 to 20:00



The Diamond, Lecture Theatre 2, The University of Sheffield, 199 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield (University roundabout)

Travel by tram or bus – car parking will be difficult.


Join us on World Social Work Day to reflect on the Internal Federation of Social Work’s (IFSW) theme for this year which is ‘Promoting the importance of human relationships’. Our theme for this event centres women’s homelessness, adoption and issues for birth parents.

We are delighted to welcome Hannah Gal, documentary maker, to introduce a screening of ‘Take this longing’, a documentary about homeless women who have experienced the adoption of their children. We are pleased to have Joe Smeeton, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Sheffield, talking about adoption and birth parents alongside Dr Kesia Reeve from Sheffield Hallam University talking about her research into women’s homelessness.  Professor Anya Ahmed from University of Salford will be discussing structural challenges and homelessness.

We will end the event with a Q&A panel and we then invite you to network over drinks and nibbles.

To register for this event, please visit EventBrite on . You will need the following password – Reg.

Social Workers honoured at national awards ceremony 2019


Seventeen inspiring social workers, teams and organisations from across England have been recognised for their contribution to the profession after winning top awards at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards on Friday 29th November 2019.

Annika Leyland-Bolton, Doncaster Council won the silver in Team leader of the year in  Adult Services.

Louise Pashley, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council not only won the gold award for Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services but she also won the winner of winners Overall Social Worker of the Year Award. The award is selected from the gold winners of each category by the Board of Trustees of The Social Work Awards, the registered charity behind the annual event.

Louise, who has lived in Rotherham all her life, has worked for the council’s Leaving Care service for over 20 years, supporting young people aged 16-25 leaving the care system. During her time as the team’s manager, the service has progressed from an inadequate to outstanding Ofsted rating. The judges praised Louise’s strength of character, impressive leadership and unwavering dedication to her hometown

Huge congratulations to all of the other winners and finalists.

The full list of Gold and Silver winners can be found here

Yorkshire and Humber finalists

Children’s Social Work Awards

Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice

Future Service, Leeds

Social Work Employer of the Year

Children’s Services, Leeds

Children’s Services, North Yorkshire

Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services

Louise Pashley, Rotherham

Team of the Year, Children’s Services

Barnsley CYP Team

Children’s Social Worker of the Year

Tiffany Cook, North Yorkshire

Championing Social Work Values

Gail Faulkner, Leeds


Adults Social Work Awards

Team Leader of the Year, Adults Services

Annika Leyland-Bolton, Doncaster Trust

Jack Skinner, Bradford

Team of the Year, Adults Services

Mental Health SW Team, North Lincs

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year

Chloe Greenfield, North Lincs


Case-Worker Recording & Critical Reflection

Case-Worker Recording & Critical Reflection delivered by Sheffield Hallam University

Date: 28th February 2020Time: 10-4

Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building Room 942, City Campus, Sheffield City Centre


This workshop is aimed at social care staff who are involved in working directly with families and maintaining case records.  It is an interactive session which encourages practitioners to consider how they critically reflect on the work they undertake with families, how they make decisions on what is relevant to record and how they produce records which meet the needs of families and their employing agency.


By the end of the session practitioners should be able to:-

  • Understand the importance of case note recording (including legal duties).
  • Understand and utilise methods which promote critical reflection when working with families.
  • Acknowledge the importance of unconscious bias when making case note records.
  • Develop structures and follow guiding principles when writing case notes records.
  • Understand the relationship between case note recording and identified outcomes (within plans) for family interventions.


Please email SYTP-CPDModules& to book your place or for any queries.


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder –

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – delivered by Mandy Craig SCSP Safeguarding Children Vulnerabilities Manager


Date: 10th March 2020

Time: 10.00-12:00

Venue: Town Hall, Room G46  , Sheffield City Centre.


This workshop will consider :


  • FASD – what it means and what causes it
  • How FASD impacts on children and young people
  • How to identify FASD in young people
  • The importance of pregnant woman being supported to access alcohol treatment and support where necessary





Date: 18/03/2020

Time: 10am – 4pm

Venue: , Sheffield Hallam University City Campus, Arundel Gate, Sheffield

(Just a 5 minute walk from the train station)

In recent years we have seen a rapidly growing interest in the use of strength based approaches in health and social care. But what are strength based approaches and how can we apply them to our practice? This learning session is designed to provide you with an overview of the research and policy context of strength based practice and to introduce you to some strength based  tools, techniques and models  which you can apply to your practice.

Rachel McManus, Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University will be delivering this session.  We are running this again due to previous high demand.   There are 50 places available and there is a small charge of £50 per place.


How do I book a place: Please emailSYTP-CPDModules& 

National Teaching Partnership Conference – Hosted by Cheshire & Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership

The National Teaching Partnership was held on the 14th of November with many Teaching partnerships in attendance along with other agencies such as Social Work England.

Dave Bosworth Of University of Sheffield outlined in his workshop how the Teaching Partnership  has built relationships between universities & LAs through aligning the practice curriculum, enhancing practice education & CPD such as the ‘Social worker in Courtroom’ module’

Dot Smith programme manager of South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership  presented a workshop on How Teaching Partnerships can survive without government funding.

So see all the workshop’s please click on the links below

1A The Impact of Practitioner Teaching on Staff Development in the Local Authority

1B Rural Social Work – Challenges and Opportunities

1C Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Practice

2A Creating a Culture of Research Mindedness in Social Work

2B A Case Study in Sustainability

3A Transitioning Teaching Partnerships from Start-up to BAU Self-funding Partnerships

3B Building an Effective Relationship Between Academia and Practice – Lessons from the SYTP

4C Sustainability Planning – How Your Teaching Partnership Can Survive Without Government Funding

Key Note Speech – Enabling positive change in social work

Practice Supervisor Development Programme