The Age Better in Sheffield campaign, led by South Yorkshire Housing Association, is seeking to reduce isolation and loneliness among over 50s with a toolkit going out initially to 7,000 households in the Firth Park area. The kits are designed to encourage people to connect with one another, especially those who may feel isolated, and include information about activities and facilities as well as advice. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hannah Thornton of Age Better in Sheffield.
A public event on the Moor was among activities in Sheffield to celebrate the UN International Day of Older Persons. The international day is held across the world on 1 October but Sheffield got off to an early start with events including stalls and an information centre. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ruth Hawke, programme co-ordinator for Age Better in Sheffield, and to Liz Bowman and Jane Peach from Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.
Christmas and Bank holidays are the loneliest times for over sixteen thousand people over fifty in Sheffield. That’s according to Age Better, a campaign aiming to tackle social isolation across the city. They are hosting two Christmas lunch events this year for people who would be alone on Christmas Day.