What We Do
R.I.V.A. is committed to providing better life chances for people with disabilities in and around Sheffield. We offer work-based training, life skills training and recreational activities for people with disabilities (including people with learning disabilities, physical and/or sensory impairments and mental health issues) or anyone who would benefit from independent living skills and confidence to gain employment. The project includes a café, charity shop and garden all of which are open to the public.
Can We Help You?
Do you know anyone that needs our help? Our student and volunteer programmes provide work based training to develop life and employment skills, build confidence, self-esteem whilst encouraging individuals to strive to reach their potential and enabling volunteers to return to paid employment after a long period of unemployment. We are a community centre for isolated and financially disadvantaged people within the community and the provider of work experience to the long term unemployed.
Can You Help Us?
Could you help us to give something back to the Sheffield community? We are looking for volunteers to help with our students and serving the public in the shop or the cafe. All of our volunteers enjoy a relaxed, friendly, laid back atmosphere, so if you would like to expand your own social circle and give something to this worthwhile cause then there are many different options on offer. As long as you make a regular commitment you can do as few or as many hours to suit yourself.
What our friends think
Our daughter attends RIVA for 2 days a week. [All the staff] ensure [her] needs are being met, including independence, confidence building, communication, social skills and most importantly having fun.
RIVA is a lovely, happy place and my daughter loves being a part of it.
I am a disabled person and I was isolated and unable to get out of my home until I got myself a scooter and drove myself up to RIVA two and a half years ago and have never been away since. Thanks to them I am feeling better about myself, more confident with new friends I am grateful to have. My love and thanks to RIVA is endless. Everyday I am there puts a smile on my face.
Amazing people, fantastic place! So hospitable and welcoming! The shop is awesome and has great things at great prices and make sure you stop for a brew and some cake!
An amazing place to volunteer, great clients, wonderful workers; the best re-cycling centre that I know and fab puddings in the cafe …..my kind of place.
9:00am – 3:00pm
RIVA was formed back in 1998 by Pat Kinsey as a one night per week youth club provision for young people with disabilities. It gained charitable status and became a company by guarantee in 2004.
Many people are inquisitive of our name’s origin! Well, the first members of the club were given the honour of naming it so had a group discussion whilst enjoying a cuppa and a biscuit. On the table were a variety of snacks including the old McVities Riva biscuit (are you old enough to remember them?) the members liked the name and it stuck. Just think, we could have been the KitKat Club!