Have you ever wondered how other businesses and organisations work with the third sector? Amazing stories aims to help showcase some of the best examples of how the voluntary sector is not only helping to change lives, but the important contribution that it makes to the region.
Social Enterprises and Third Sector organisations
New case studies
One of Burton Street Foundations (BSF) main aims is to create a family atmosphere where each individual is valued and receives investment to flourish. Angela the food and beverage manager is currently her NVQ to be able to provide service users in the kitchens with proper catering qualifications in a safe environment.
The Ardsley Residents Association began life simply as a campaign against proposed plans to build on an ancient area of natural beauty. Four years down the line (and after successfully stopping the plans) it is now a very active group which takes on 'anything and everything' that affects the lives of Ardsley's residents.
As well as running a dressmaking and alteration service, Sheila Constance runs courses for local people. Through this they support local causes by collecting donations for a range of organisations, including the Wildlife Trust, Sheffield Childrens Hospital and Barnsley Guide Dogs.
Originally founded in August 1996, Gleadless Valley Community Forum was created to help spearhead the regeneration of the Gleadless area and provide a voice for local people.
High Green Developement Trust, an Industrial and Provident Society was formed in 2004 to manage and develop the old High Green Comprehensive School. The school was brought back into use in 1997 by a charity called 'Paces Sheffield' for the benefit of the community, the membership and all the organisation which use the centre.
Originally standing for 'Rehabilitation Engineering Movement Advisory Panels' (but now just known a REMAP) their volunteers design and produce specialised equipment for people with disabilities that is not commercially available.
Playwork People was started by Sharon Beardall after she was forced to give up her job to care for her parents. Recognising that she needed to provide for her family with some sort of income, she pioneered the idea of flexible working in childcare.
Rotherham Blackburn Club for Ypung people has been run for 30 years by Jean Gilling and her husband John, in those 30 years they have provided activities, trip, friendship, advice, stability and support to three generations of Blackburn's young people.
Shopmobility is a national charity that aims to 'offer independence to people with limited mobility'. The Sheffield branch has been running for many years and is athriving hub of activity which is fuelled by the hardwork and dedication of a small staff team and a core group of valued volunteers.
The STOMP network is a series of community based inner city kids clubs in Sheffield run by the St. Thomas Church Philadelphia, They provide children in school years 2-6 with a safe where they can have fun and learn about Jesus, and develop a great sense of self worth.
Stuart Woodhead's motivations for running Sheffield Actionnaires is help remove any unneccassary barrier blind children may face so they can gain independence and confidence.
Amanda Lowe as recovering alcoholic set up Turnaround to work with and help the increasing number of people is South Yorkshire recovering from an addiction
The Woodhouse and District Community Forum are a group of people who are passionate about improving the qualty of life in the Woodhouse area.
Celebrating the achievements of volunteers and the work that they have undertaken. You can find out here what inspires volunteers to get involved and how working with the voluntary sector has helped to shape their lives.