Age Better in Sheffield Innovation Fund 2017

Got a genuinely innovative idea to reduce isolation and loneliness in Sheffield?

The Age Better in Sheffield programme is underpinned by a ‘test and learn’ approach, and we’ve created the Innovation Fund to respond to this learning each year. The Innovation Fund invests in inventive and exciting ideas, which try out new ways to reduce isolation and loneliness in Sheffield.

Thank you for your interest. The Age Better in Sheffield Innovation Fund 2017/18 tendering process is now closed. Check back here for updates on the selected projects!

Invitation to tender – Age Better in Sheffield – Pop up events

We want to commission a creative organisation to co-design, and co-deliver a range of different events and activities that raise the profile of social isolation, and showcase the range of different ways that people aged 50+ can take part in the Age Better in Sheffield programme.

We’ve put together a briefing document that outlines what we’re looking for and includes all the information you need to know about Age Better in Sheffield.

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for an organisation or agency that:

  • Gives the brand a bit of the Wow factor – this commission will be the public facing lead for
    our Age Better in Sheffield marketing activity.
  • Has a proven ability in planning and managing events.Invitation to tender - Age Better in Sheffield - pop up events image
  • Is able to access places where people who are socially isolated would visit, such as
    supermarkets, pharmacies, post offices etc.
  • Has a clear focus on communities being better informed on the issue of social isolation &
    the impact this can have on anyone.
  • Embraces our approach to co-production and co-design the events with people aged
    50+ who are intended to benefit from the programme.
  • Knows what’s happening in Sheffield and is able to link into existing events that are well attended.
  • Has the ability to market the events creatively and effectively.
  • Has good social and media links.
  • Has a creative approach to make events stand out and would stop someone in their tracks
    to have a look.
  • Has the capability to produce or commission materials in line with the AB brand to
    sufficient quality required by SYHA marketing team with little support.

How to submit a proposal

All submissions must be returned to by 5pm on Friday 26th August 2016.

For more information, or for an informal chat please contact Gareth Parkin on 0114 2702 549.

Questions we’ve received

To help you put together a proposal we’ve put together a list of clarification questions and answers (updated 11th August) about the project.

You can help end loneliness this Christmas

Christmas is a time for celebration, bringing families together and showing each other how much we care.

For hundreds of people in Sheffield this Christmas will be just another day they will spend on their own. At South Yorkshire Housing Association we believe that no-one should feel like they are alone, especially at Christmas. Age Better poster

That’s why on Christmas Day we’re holding two Christmas lunches for people aged 50 and over who live in Beauchief, Greenhill and Burngreave wards in the city, who are going to be on their own this Christmas. Thanks to the kind donations from people across the city the meal is free of charge.

The event is being staffed by volunteers from South Yorkshire Housing Association who have pledged to give over 200 hours of their time to prepare and run the events.

Gareth Parkin, Programme Lead for Age Better in Sheffield said: “The Christmas John Lewis advert has really caught people’s attention and put social isolation and loneliness in the spotlight.

“We know from our research that Christmas Day is going to be a really lonely time for those who are isolated, so we wanted to do something special and give them a day to remember.

“We’re calling on anyone reading this who will be alone at Christmas to get in touch with us. All you have to do is say you want to come, we’ll sort the rest. If you haven’t got your own transport don’t worry, we’ll get you here and make sure you get home safe.

“There will be lots of friendly volunteers on the day to chat to and everyone will be in the same boat. It’s going to be a very special day and we can’t wait to give the best gift this Christmas – friendship.”

If you or someone you know will be spending Christmas on their own get in touch with us by calling 0114 2702 536.

You can also keep up-to-date with the festivities on the day by following @AgeBetterSheff on Twitter or liking Age Better in Sheffield on Facebook.

Campaign to end loneliness in Sheffield launches

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

You can find more details on the project by visiting, following @AgeBetterSheff on Twitter or liking their page on Facebook.

Tendering opportunities for Age Better in Sheffield

There are 177,000 people aged over 50 living in Sheffield, of which over 12,000 suffer from loneliness and social isolation.

Age Better Sheffield is a city wide partnership led by South Yorkshire Housing Association that works to reduce loneliness and social isolation in people aged over 50 living in the area.

By 2021, we want Sheffield to be recognised as a centre of excellence for services that reduce loneliness, sharing knowledge and spreading good practice across the UK and internationally – and we’re offering you the opportunity to be involved in this journey.

Below are pre-qualification questionnaires and invitations to tender for three of our new exciting projects:

You can also take a look at our Facebook page for a video that will help explain just how important this project is to older people living in Sheffield.

If you think your organisation can help us achieve our vision for the city simply fill in the forms and send back to Gareth Parkin. If you have any questions just give us a call on 0114 2702549.

You can find out more about the project by visiting the Age Better Sheffield website, or by following them onFacebook or Twitter.

Your questions

We’ve put together a list of questions that have already been asked on the tender process which you might find useful. This document will be updated with questions and our responses as and when we receive them.