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By Courtney

Declan Walsh

What will you be doing at Union St?

I’ll be working for the Green Party in Sheffield; supporting, recruiting and liaising with volunteers. I deliver the strategy for volunteer and member engagement and Work with the elected Officers in developing strategy for the party. As the only member of staff in Sheffield I also take on additional roles in order to support and help the party develop. I’m particularly interested in how political parties can evolve to meet and canvass people where they are now. So online engagement and using digital tools to keep members and supporters engaged, informed and included is important to me.


How did you get into this area of work?

My background is in Clinical Psychology but I’ve become more and more interested in how people come together to change society and work for the common good rather than for individualistic reasons. My values have always been in supporting communities, connections and collaborations. Union St. also exemplifies these values so is a great match.


What do you enjoy most about your work?

My job is very focused on engaging with people. Making connections with new members and supporters or discussing why someone would join a party in the 21st century. I’m always learning from others and making new connections so it can be thrilling.


What type of individuals / organisations are you looking to work with in the future?

As long as someone is interested in the shared goals of making better, stronger, more communities that serve people and support society then I’m interested. As greens we want to reach out and support that natural human desire for cooperation, community and social connection and make sure that the political structures recognise and support it. Individually I’m keen on working with people who are using technology or digital tools innovatively and in a way that is prosocial. I keep time aside for volunteering and for new projects (I work for the greens part time) I’m always open to new ideas and collaborations. Obviously I’m also very keen on human science and behaviour and in particular the science of communities and cooperation.


What are you looking to get out of Union St?

I’d like to work with as many other people and organisations as I can either in my role with the greens or as an individual. I’m not there just to meet other greens but to work with everyone with whom I share values and hopes. I want to contribute. I believe in cooperatives and in Union St. and I want work toward taking it more successful. I’m excited by the current plans and the way in which members can get involved and I want to be a part of that.


For more information about Declan and the Green Party, visit SheffieldGreenParty.org.uk and follow @declanw @sheffieldgreens

By Sarah Sharp

Simon Redding

Simon Redding is a social entrepreneur with a passion for community and innovation. He is one of the founders of Monkey Park – a community cafe, bakery, workspace & cycle workshop in Chesterfield, operated as a not-for-profit social enterprise. He is the co-founder of Loundsley Green Community Trust, a development community trust; and also works for DEFRA, doing work on innovation and open data.

Union St is a place well suited to his community-focused working and entrepreneurial drive, and he sees it as an opportunity to be part of a community that’s trying to create real change.

The variety and the great people I get to work with is what I most enjoy about my work. Working in Union St connects me into a Sheffield social enterprise scene that I would normally be 10 miles from, and helps me to meet lots of cool people who inspire me.

For more information on projects, follow Simon on Twitter @simonredding

Monkey Park: http://www.monkeypark.org.uk

Loundsley Green Community: http://www.lgct.org.uk

By Sarah Sharp

Bev Shephard

Bev Shephard is a freelance Finance Director for charities, social enterprises and SMEs. She has worked with non-profit organisations for 15 years, most recently for the children’s charity The Mighty Creatives. Her varied experience has given her a creative, entrepreneurial approach and a broad skill set: from strategy and business planning, to finance, funding, HR and governance.

Bev’s love is for collaborative work and for this reason Union St is the perfect hub for her to broaden her freelancing network and develop ideas with like-minded people. She is especially interested in working with individuals and businesses with a creative or socially-minded focus, and is happy to offer a free initial diagnostic for members.

I love working collaboratively to bring other people’s ideas to life.

Find Bev’s full portfolio on her website:




By Matt

Dennis Tester

Dennis Tester is the founder of Park and Donate, a car park company with an ethical focus, which manages land and parking for a variety of clients in the Sheffield area. The company helps drivers find permit parking space and works with land owners to manage their car parks sustainably. They are dedicated to donating at least 5% of all profits to local charities or not-for-profit groups.

Dennis currently manages three of CADs car parks, and also volunteers at Portland Works, a community owned home for traditional crafts.

As a co-working environment, Union St appeals to him not only as a great place to work, but also meet with many interesting people in a variety of fields.

If you have a parking problem, who are you gonna call?!

Find out more about the Park and Donate ethos, and available services, on the website: http://parkanddonate.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @parkanddonate

Declan Walsh
Simon Redding
Bev Shephard
Dennis Tester