We’re living in an unprecedented time and like many businesses, programmes and individuals across the UK and the world, we have adapted our work in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

There are 5 main ways that we are now working:

1. As an Organised Community Hub

We’re really proud to be listed on this phenomenal support map created by Voluntary Action Sheffield, Sheffield Data for Good and Foodhall.

As a Community Hub our phone lines are available from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, and we are open to all sorts of requests including offering a friendly listening ear, organising food delivery, providing support for your loved ones who live alone, providing arts and crafts materials – the list goes on! If there’s something we can help with, we will!

Our support can also be delivered out of these hours once we know how best we can help you. You can reach us on 0114 2900 294.

2. With our delivery partners

As many of you will know, we work with a number of brilliant partners across the city who deliver projects around financial inclusion, arts and culture, travel, and many more! These projects are now embracing lots of news ways of working we’re so proud of the ways they are rising to the challenge.

Find out more by reading how the Wellbeing Practitioner service has moved to telephone conversations and how our Live Better: Get Connected project has overcome lockdown to continue offering support.

Our Better Journeys team have launched  a new podcast series called Your Best Journey. As our journeys have been limited, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane instead and asked the people of Sheffield to tell us about their Best Journey.

3. With South Yorkshire Housing Association on a telephone befriending service

We have teamed up with South Yorkshire Housing Association to deliver a new telephone befriending service. We know that now, more than ever, a listening ear can make a big difference to mental wellbeing. Jane, one of our volunteers, tells us about the programme.

4. To support creativity and innovation

Age Better in Sheffield is known for our creativity, and our co-design approach which ensures that the older people who benefit from our services are involved in the design and delivery of them. We are currently working on setting up a new Moments of Joy project to commission activities that are good for the mind, body and soul of older people across Sheffield as they experience self-isolation.

This also includes creating a ‘care package‘ to be delivered through letterboxes. These are similar to our Neighbourhood Toolkits, and are filled with joyful items to promote connectivity for those living alone.

We’d love to hear what else brings you joy, and the ways we can work with you to make this happen – you can get in touch with any ideas via email, phone, Twitter, Facebook.

5. To continue developing Ageing-friendly Sheffield

Ageing Friendly Sheffield is a priority for Age Better in Sheffield. We are continuing to work with our Core Partners and delivery organisations to ensure that the good work that has already happens is not lost, and that the future of Sheffield is one where everyone can be proud to grow older.