Age Better in Sheffield
There are 177,000 people aged over 50 in Sheffield and of these 12,213 experience social isolation and feel lonely. At South Yorkshire Housing Association we believe that no-one should feel like they are alone and that’s why we’re so proud to be leading on Age Better in Sheffield.
We’ve received nearly £6 million of funding from the Big Lottery to work in partnership on a project that will see older people who have experience of social isolation working alongside members of the public, voluntary and private sector organisations, local NHS and the Council to engage with over 50’s at the highest risk of social isolation.
How can I get involved?
With Age Better in Sheffield there’s no end to the different ways you can get involved in reducing social isolation in Sheffield. You could pop round to see a neighbour, volunteer at a local care home or simply just talk to someone you know and listen to them.
We’re looking for people aged over 50 who live in Sheffield to use their skills, life experience and time to volunteer on a range of projects which we’ve outlined below.
Intergenerational Skill Swap – delivered by Royal Voluntary Service
- This project links people aged over 50 and under 50 together to share a skill and learn something new
Intergenerational 5 Ways to Wellbeing – delivered by Royal Voluntary Service
- Bringing people aged over 50 and under 50 together to focus on wellbeing as a way to work with younger people at risk of social isolation
Wellbeing Practitioners – delivered by Sheffield Mind
- This service provides free counselling to people in their own home whose low mental wellbeing is the main cause of social isolation
Age Better Champions – delivered by Sheffield Cubed
- This project links up people aged over 50 who have past experience of social isolation with people who are currently socially isolated
Peer Mentoring Project – delivered by Sheffield Cubed
- Life changing experiences can be a major cause of social isolation and this project links people aged over 50 who are most at risk
Access Ambassadors – delivered by South Yorkshire Housing Association
- Transport and access can be a major cause of social isolation so this project uses peer support to build confidence in addressing access barriers
Start Up – delivered by Ignite Imaginations
- Co-designed with volunteers this project will start something socially focussed in their community to help socially isolated older people
Areas of focus for the project will include older people on low incomes, carers, BME groups, those experiencing poor mental health and those with limiting conditions living in targetted areas of Sheffield.
Developing the vision
In developing our vision for Age Better in Sheffield, we spoke to more than 500 older people, using creative techniques such as 1920s themed cocktail parties, selfie-booths, on-the-buses interviews and spoken-word events.
These imaginative and non-traditional methods sparked revealing conversations about the causes of isolation, while challenging perceptions of what it means to grow older in our city.
Our website gives you all the information you need about what is happening on the programme, and you’ll also be able to find out more about the experiences of those who have already taken part.