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.
Sheffield’s first Talking Bench, located in the Winter Gardens, has proved a conversation starter and the concept could be rolled out across the city. Talking Benches was one of the winning ideas submitted to mental health charity Sheffield Flourish, and is a project to reduce loneliness and to improve social connections and wellbeing. The originator, Sheffield resident Sharon Tabberer, said the idea came from her father’s struggle to strike up conversation as he has grown older. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Age Better in Sheffield has launched a neighbourhood toolkit to promote the well-being of older people and to combat loneliness and isolation. The initiative, launched at the Terminus Café in Lowedges, provides a menu of options and things to do in Beauchief and Greenhill Ward to help older people connect, stay active and engage in the local community. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hannah Thornton of Age Better in Sheffield.