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 50s at the highest risk of 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 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.
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.