SBT FOCUS AREAS

Bringing businesses and charities together in Sheffield

VOLUNTARY SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY

To support sustainability and growth we are commited to cross sector skills sharing and mentoring to ensure our voluntary sector partners thrive

EMPLOYEMENT AND EDUCATION

Helping with social mobility by bringing together schools/colleges and employers to improve young people’s attainment and/or their readiness for the world of work.

ENVIRONMENT

We aim to help reduce air pollution in Sheffield, promote recyclling and encourage the public to take care of our city

SOCIAL ACTION

Our mission is to broker cross sector relationships to tackle the social challenges we are facing in the city of Sheffield

VOLUNTARY SECTOR SUSTAINABILITY

Why Voluntary Sector Sustainability?
When we held a Voluntary Sector (VS) Insight event in November 2018, charities told us they would like support to build their skills.
Aim
To support sustainability and growth we are committed to cross sector skills sharing and mentoring to ensure our voluntary sector partners thrive.
So Far
In response to the skills needs identified by charities at our Voluntary Sector Insight event, Sheffield Business Together was proud to host our first skills exchange in July 2019. The event helped to address areas that charities identified as their top skills needs by hosting masterclasses and highlighting pro-bono opportunities.
Going Forward
The voluntary sector will continue to connect on an individual basis to the wider SBT network who are committed to making a difference. We will measure the input and impact of our support. We also aim to hold more events in future to bring all sector of the city together.
How our Voluntary Sector brokerage service works
If you’d like to get involved please email sbt@vas.org.uk
If you’re a business we’ll send you a form to understand the types of volunteering opportunities you’d like to be involved in. If you’re a charity we will send you a form to understand what support you may need. We will then work towards finding you the perfect match(s), helping businesses achieve their CSR goals and give back to the community, while helping charities learn skills and thrive within the voluntary sector.

Benchmark donated their board room to Sheffield Carer’s Centre for their quarterly meeting

EMPLOYEMENT AND EDUCATION

Why Employment and Education?
In South Yorkshire, 10 out of 14 constituencies have low or very low social mobility, two of these constituencies are in Sheffield. Employer encounters have a positive effect on aspiration, four or more encounters mean young people are 86% less likely to be NEET (not in employment, education or training).
Aim
To help with social mobility by bringing together schools/colleges and employers to improve young people’s attainment and/or their readiness for the world of work.
So Far
SBT has partnered with the Careers and Enterprise Company and South Yorkshire Futures. Guided by their expertise and research we held a social mobility event in June 2019 where we launched our strategy to 70 Sheffield businesses urging them to pledge their support and join us. We linked with two trailblazer schools, Longley College and Springs Academy who have embraced our offer. We have also allocated a dedicated SBT Enterprise Adviser to collaborate on a gap analysis, plan what activities are most relevant and will have the most impact.
Going Forward
SBT will work with the Enterprise Advisers to connext our trailblazer Schools/colleges with the wider SBT network who are committed to making a difference. We will measure the input and impact of our support. We also hope to support Sheffield pupils beyond our two trailblazer schools.
How our Employment and Education brokerage service works
If you’d like to get involved please email sbt@vas.org.uk
If you’re a business, we’ll send you an employer support document to understand which world of work opportunities you’d like to help us improve. From there you will receive recommendations on next steps. By registering your interest with us you will receive occasional requests from our network of schools in need of a specific world of work experience. You will also have the chance to offer opportunities tailored to your business to really engage and encourage growth in this area. If you’re a school we will discuss your needs and what we can do to support. From there you will be able to request business engagement opportunities that impact on the needs of the school andit’s pupils.
South Yorkshire Futures
Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Futures have launched the “Talent Bank,” an initiative to encourage businesses and employees across our region’s diverse communities to volunteer their time, skills and expertise to inform and inspire young people about the world of work.
Recognising that there is a complex landscape of employers wanting to engage in education, the Talent Bank provides a range of high-quality engagement opportunities delivered in schools, colleges and training providers across South Yorkshire.
To find out how you can get involved please see the website https://sytalentbank.co.uk/ or get in touch at southyorkshirefutures@shu.ac.uk.

ENVIRONMENT

Why Environment?
Air pollution continues to be at the fore-front of everyone’s minds. As a responsible business network we aim to do what we can to improve air quality in Sheffield.
Aim
We aim to help reduce air pollution in Sheffield, promote recycling and encourage the public to take care of our city.
So Far
This year we partnered with Hunters Bar Primary School to supercharge their Green Fence project #GoGoGreen. With the support of our business network we were able to build a green barrier around the school that will absorb pollutants caused by vehicle exhaust fumes. To find out more go to https://huntersbarinfantschool.co.uk/gogogreen/
Going Forward
We will continue to work with Hunters Bar to monitor the impact of the green barrier. This evidence will support our desire to replicate this project beyond just one school in Sheffield.
How It Works
The SBT business network come together to collaborate on larger projects to make a greater impact on issues facing our great city. To find out how you can be involved in future campaigns please contact sbt@vas.org.uk

Members of the #GoGoGreen project during a press release photo shoot

SOCIAL ACTION

Why Social Action?
Charities and Community Organisations are often built up of a small number of employees and are reliant on volunteers to help with their great work. This means they often need a helpng hand when it comes to larger projects and raising funds.
Aim
Our mission is to broker cross sector relationships to tackle the social challenges we are facing in the city of Sheffield.
So Far
We have built up a large network of both businesses and charities who are able to use our brokerage service to match business provision with charity needs.
Going Forward
The voluntary sector will continue to connect on an individual basis to the wider SBT network who are committed to making a difference. We will measure the input and impact of our support. We also aim to hold more events in future to bring all sector of the city together.
How our Voluntary Sector brokerage service works
If you’d like to get involved please email sbt@vas.org.uk
If you’re a business we’ll send you a form to understand the types of volunteering opportunities you’d like to be involved in. If you’re a charity we will send you a form to understand what support you may need. We will then work towards finding you the perfect match(s), helping businesses achieve their CSR goals and give back to the community, while helping charities learn skills and thrive within the voluntary sector.

Arup hosting a lunch and learn for Assist, supporting asylum seekers in Sheffield