There are hundreds of people working as volunteers across Burngreave, providing vital support for both groups and the people that they support, as well as learning new skills and making new friends and making a big difference to their community. Here Asmaa explains what they do and why.
Story and photo by Abdul Hunnan
Asmaa Chaudhry volunteers for various organisations, including the women’s social club, Empowering Together (which Asmaa runs and funds on her own with the cooperation of Burngreave Library) and Sheffield City of Sanctuary, promoting awareness of mental and social health through art and craft and beauty workshops.
“I want to work voluntarily for the betterment and welfare of the Burngreave community. Women of Burngreave area come and learn daily activities like doing online shopping, health and care for them and their family.
“Voluntary work is a good way to pay back to your community what have you achieved so far. I have received love, respect, education, such a safe life and future from this country. By volunteering I give something back.” She also works at the Sheffield Cats Shelter
“I believe animals are beautiful creatures of God who share the world with us. I use my skills and expertise to raise the money by organising workshops. All the money raised goes to save the cats and kittens. When people turn to me and say ‘you make my life easier’, that’s what motivates me and means a lot to me.”