Families & Community Services

SOAR’s Families and Community Services team work closely with local and citywide community organisations to provide services and activities for local families. The team also work closely with our volunteers.
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Healthy Holidays (HAF)


SOAR manage the Healthy Activities and Food (Healthy Holidays) programme for two localities across the north of Sheffield. 

The citywide programme provides free, fun activities and food for families eligible for means-tested free school meals.


We work with over 40 different community organisations to deliver a range of provision across North Sheffield.

If you're interested in getting involved as a HAF provider, please send us an email at:


Early Years

SOAR work in partnership with local family centres and organisations such as First Start, Aspiring Communities Together, Firvale Community Hub and Foxhill Forum to recruit and support volunteers.

Volunteers run and support group activities for families with children aged 0-5 years at the family centres and/or within the local community. Groups are designed to support families to engage in positive activities and build positive relationships.

If you are interested in becoming an Early Years volunteer or would like to know more, please contact the Families & Community Services team at:

or call Hanna Ramsden on 07948 842 744.

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Volunteering is a great way of not only helping the local community but also helping yourself.

Thousands of people volunteer in Sheffield for a huge range of charities, community groups and organisations (Volunteer Centre Sheffield). Whether you've volunteered before or not, SOAR is looking for people like you who are interested in volunteering!

Find specific role descriptions here:


Support Community Partners


Our Community Partnerships aim to bring together the voluntary and community sector that work in North Sheffield and respond to local and community needs, so we can build strong connections, exchange knowledge, support and empower to create long-lasting impacts.

Interested in joining? Contact Rose Batty on: or 

07507 971 471

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Community Engagement


SOAR is working to increase its capacity in community engagement. The aim is:

  • To ensure communities have access to information about services available to them

  • To listen to your feedback and thoughts on how we can offer additional support

  • To ensure we are supporting communities and improving inclusivity and accessibility

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer to support in community engagement, please send us an email at or call Hanna Ramsden on 07498 842 744.

Part of this work is the Community Champions project, which you can find out more about by clicking the button below.


Let's Build Health Grants


Let’s Build Health Grants are available to help create opportunities and develop local activity that improves health and wellbeing. The grants will be available in the following People Keeping Well (PKW) Community Partnerships: Burngreave, Firth Park, Southey, Chapelgreen.

We want to allocate funding for activities in these neighbourhoods which will support the overall aims of the PKW Community Partnership, including (not exhaustive):

  • Increased awareness of an involvement in community activities

  • Increased range of activities for families and young people

  • Increased range and uptake of volunteering opportunities

  • Increased participation and awareness of the benefits of green space and physical activity

  • Improved understanding of ways to live a healthy lifestyle

The next round of funding will open on Monday 19th September for 6 weeks, and will close on Tuesday1st November, 12pm.

To be added to the mailing list, send an email to:

How to get in touch

Contact the Communities Team


For more information or a casual chat, please ask to speak to one of the Communities Team on 0114 213 4065 or email