A £6 million project that aims to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Sheffield launches this Monday (21 September).
It is estimated there are 177,000 people aged 50 and over living in Sheffield and that over 16,000 of them experience social isolation and loneliness – the Age Better in Sheffield campaign aims to ensure that no-one feels like they are alone.
With funding from the Big Lottery, South Yorkshire Housing Association is leading on the city-wide project alongside a range of partners including the Royal Voluntary Service, Sheffield Mind, Ignite Imaginations and Sheffield Cubed as part of the six year project.
To help launch the project Age Better in Sheffield have teamed up with BBC Radio Sheffield and the Sheffield Telegraph to spread the word about the support on offer from the project.
They are calling on people of all ages from across the city to use their skills, life experience and time to volunteer to be part of the project.
Gareth Parkin is the Programme Lead for Age Better in Sheffield, he said, “Securing £6m of investment for the project was a real coup for Sheffield. We’ve got big ambitions for the city and this is a real opportunity to make a difference to the lives of lots of people.
“We know that social isolation can have terrible effects on wellbeing; doubling the risk of dementia, tripling the risk of heart conditions and having the same effect on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Over the course of the project, we aim to work older people in Sheffield and create a real legacy.”
There’s no end to the different ways in which you can get involved in reducing social isolation in Sheffield. You could become a mentor, share your skills or be an ambassador for the project. It could even be as simple as popping round to talk to a family member or neighbour who you think might be socially isolated.
If you would like to volunteer, or know someone who might benefit from the support on offer from Age Better in Sheffield, contact us by calling 0114 2900 250 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find more details on the project by visiting www.agebettersheff.co.uk, following @AgeBetterSheff on Twitter or liking their page on Facebook.