Age Better in Sheffield is a £6m investment programme funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and led by South Yorkshire Housing Association. Their aim is to make Sheffield a city we can all be proud to grow older in by providing opportunities that reduce loneliness and isolation for people aged 50 and older.
The team co-produce and co-deliver a range of different projects with partners across the city including Sheffield Mind, Ignite Imaginations, Reach South Sheffield, SOAR Community, PWLC, Lai Yin Association and Age UK Sheffield. These projects provide opportunities to connect with others either as participants or volunteers.
Some of the projects are only available in certain parts of Sheffield and to find out more about what’s on offer you can head to the Age Better in Sheffield website.
An overview of the projects include:
- Better Journeys: supports older people to do more of the things they love by increasing confidence using local transport across Sheffield. Want to go shopping? Try out a lunch club? Have friends who live on the other side of the city? Maybe you want to explore something new but don’t know where to start? They can help!
- A Better Life: supports people aged 50 and over to experience financial inclusion through group work and 1-2-1 sessions where you’re given the skills to maximise your income and feel more in control of your life.
- The Ripple Effect: a bereavement service providing people with emotional and practical support after the loss of a loved one.
- Sparks: seeks to engage people aged 50 and over in our creative city by producing a local and city wide programme of events from club nights to touring theatre productions! They will be creating a central voice that informs our large city festivals and events to celebrate and engage our older population.
- Live Better: Get Connected: aims to connect people aged 50 and over with their communities in the Beauchief and Greenhill ward of the city. This involves bringing local residents, communities, citywide organisations, partners, and key players together to collaborate in the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.
- Wellbeing Practitioners: provides one to one counselling and group therapy for people aged 50 and over who are experiencing low mental wellbeing, and where this may be affecting their ability to engage and interact. The service can be provided in your own home or at a community venue in Sheffield, and is delivered by professional counsellors from Sheffield Mind.
- All About You: After listening to what older people in Sheffield had to say about how important employment is to feeling connected, valued and healthy; they decided to find out what they could do to help.
- Ageing Friendly City: working with Lai Yin Association and Age UK Sheffield to explore Sheffield becoming an Ageing Friendly City. This involves bringing local residents, communities, citywide organisations, partners, and key players together to collaborate in the design, delivery and evaluation of the project.