Taking the first step can be the hardest.

That’s why there’s plenty of support to hand – from free counselling and therapeutic services in your own home or wherever you feel comfortable, to support from one of our Access Ambassadors to help get out and about.

Are you at risk of becoming isolated or lonely?

  • Peer Mentors

    If you’re over 50 and are about to go through a significant life event such as retirement or caring for a loved one, why not speak to one of our Peer Mentors as a sounding board to support you through the next stage?

  • “I wanted to volunteer to help myself but also give something back to others. It’s important when you’re on your own to mix – it helps your wellbeing when you can socially interact. Courage is a big thing, to have someone go along with you that first time helps.”
    Janice, Peer Mentor volunteer

    More about Peer Mentoring

Feeling isolated or cut off?

  • “I know what it’s like to be alone and isolated, and not knowing where or who to go to for help. I knew that what I had to offer could be useful to someone else, which is why I am volunteering as an Age Better Champion.”
    Harry, 54, Age Better Champion

  • Age Better Champions

    Sometimes it’s helpful to speak to someone else who has had a similar experience to you. Our Age Better Champions are volunteers who have also experienced loneliness or isolation due to sudden changes in their lives. Why not give them a call? Ring SYHA on 0114 2900 250 or fill in your details on the Contact Us page.

Finding hard to leave the house?

  • Wellbeing practitioners

    Free, professional counselling and therapeutic services delivered by Sheffield Mind for people over 50. They can come to your home or wherever you feel most comfortable. Find out more about Wellbeing Practitioners, or contact us to register for support.

  • Access Ambassadors

    If you or someone you know needs a bit of help or confidence getting out and about – whether that’s help with a mobility scooter, public transport, or just a bit of advice and support – find out more about Access Ambassadors or contact us now.

  • Next steps

    Feel ready to take the next step? Move on to the Take Part section of this website, or find out more about volunteering.

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