5 things you can do

Whatever your age, there are lots of things you can do to make a big difference to the lives of older people in Sheffield. Here's some inspiration!

We all need to experience connections with other people, and without them we can quickly notice a deterioration in our health.

Below we’ve listed 5 things that anyone of us can do right now to help tackle loneliness across our city, and beyond.

Often, we find ourselves in situations with other people we might not know – in the supermarket, in the street, as we put the bins out, when we travel on the bus, and in lots of other daily situations. For some people, that might be one of the few times they see others. Taking a moment to connect with them – no matter how short, can have a great impact for everyone involved.

…with a loved one you’ve not spoken to in a while. You could write to them and send it in the post, call or skype, or even go in person!

Let’s make like the Four Tops in 1967 and ‘Reach Out’ to our neighbours! Building a sense of community and neighbourly spirit where you live can have a huge impact on individuals’ experiences of loneliness. You also never know when you might need a local support network in your life.


There are lots of innovative and exciting roles you can get involved with across Sheffield to meet new people and help alleviate loneliness. We’d love to have you on board with us, and you can also explore other volunteer opportunities through the volunteer centre. There are one off opportunities, or longer-term commitments and you can choose something that suits you!

Learn about some of the great things happening in Sheffield that you can get involved with, and pass on your new found knowledge to others who would benefit! We’d recommend the 5 ways to wellbeing, Sheffield’s lunch club directory, and our neighbourhood toolkits as a good place to start!

"While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary."

Matt Bevin