There are many reasons why at different points of our lives we can feel lonely or become isolated. Retirement, ill health, being a carer or the death of a loved one. Even life events we might look forward to, such as retirement, can quickly become isolating unless we put the right things in place. Volunteer now.
Older people were at the heart of co-designing the vision and strategy for Age Better in Sheffield. They are key to delivering it too. Click here to listen to what the older people said.
Many of the Age Better in Sheffield projects are led and delivered by older people, many with lived experience of isolation and loneliness.
Projects range from Access Ambassadors to Peer Mentors and Age Better Champions (and you can take part in as many of them as you like!)
We’re using the New Economic Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing. It’s based on world-wide research and pulls together everyday activities that people can do to improve their wellbeing.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give. We’ve used these principles to help design the projects and carry out the evaluation of Age Better in Sheffield.
Click here to download a PDF of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
Age Better in Sheffield is a £6m investment programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by South Yorkshire Housing Association to reduce isolation in people aged 50 and over.
The programme is governed by the Age Better in Sheffield Core Partnership, which includes older people and representatives from Sheffield City Council, Sheffield 50+, NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, Sheffield Hallam University, the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector, and of course SYHA.
Delivery partners for the programme include: Royal Voluntary Service, Ignite Imaginations, Sheffield Cubed, Sheffield Mind, and SYHA.
Although a city-wide progamme, we want to focus on areas which are most at risk of social isolation and loneliness. These are: Firth Park Ward, Beauchief and Greenhill Ward, Burngreave Ward, and Woodhouse Ward.
There are also a number of ‘hotspot areas’ which also scored highly as risk areas on our loneliness index. These include: Birley and Richmond, Brightside, Central, Darnall, Dore and Totley, Gleadless Valley, Graves Park, Manor Castle, Mosborough and Beighton, Nether Edge, Richmond and Arbourthorne, Shiregreen, Southey, Walkley, and West and East Ecclesfield.