Where to go for help

Cafe event: What really helps? How to find help, that helps!  

 For the last Third Sector Cafe meeting before our summer break we’re looking at sources of help for not for profits in Sheffield.  

Do you currently tap into sources of help in Sheffield? Would you like to hear more about where others go for help? Join our discussion as we compare notes on how to find help that really helps.

We’ll profile a number of sources of help that local not for profits have told us has worked for them. One example is ProHelp. A scheme run by Business in the Community which matches professionals with charities. Janet Parkin, manager of Appletree Childcare, talks in glowing terms about the help available from this scheme – “its absolutely amazing! I can’t speak highly enough of it,  the support we have had has been truly outstanding”. She’ll join us to tell us how architect Alastair Norton, and others, helped her access £42k of funding, and Michelle Dickenson of Business in the Community will be with us to tell us how you can access the scheme.

University students also do a lot of volunteering work in the city. Shirley Dancer of the Sunday Centre which offers lunch to homeless people on Sundays says “it simply wouldn’t be possible to do what we do without the students: they are wonderful. We have has so much support from Dora and her team”. Dora Daniels who leads on Voluntary Sector Liaison for Sheffield University, will join us for half an hour at 9.30 am to tell us more about how we can access support from their students. Colin from the Sunday Centre will also be there to tell us what the experience is like for them.

Sheffield Hallam University also runs a volunteer scheme for their students called Venture Matrix and Bowen Revill will be here with  more information about how charities can engage a team of students to do a project for them via this scheme.

There are other sources of help in the city. Jim Lawson runs the Entrepreneur Exchange, based at Senta. This exchange offers help from a network of 370 local entrepreneurs and business owners who volunteer to support other local start ups, growing business owners within Sheffield - and sometimes local social enterprises too.  This group has grown from 5 people over 5 years ago. Day to day Jim delivers this support to the Sheffield Enterprise Programme which helps hundreds of businesses and organisations (including social enterprises) each year. Jim is based at the Chamber and will be joining us to tell us more about his role and how we might be able to benefit from his amazing network of local business people.

A new resource in the city is  somewhereto_,  and is run by local charity Art in the Park. It is funded to match 16 to 25 year olds with high quality volunteering and work experience opportunities. Cassie, the project manager, will be here to tell us more about how the scheme works and “the challenges and opportunities working with young people provides”.

So we hope these ideas, and the experiences of other not for profits who've used the, will help you tap into some 'help that helps'. Please come along to share your experiences -  we know that quite a few of you are expert in creative ways to find help!