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Spotlight on EngAge Rotherham - September 2017

Don’t be Lonesome Tonight


Throughout August, the EngAge Rotherham team has been going out to local groups to hold conversations and delivering cards about what it means to be lonely. The cards have a free post address on them for people to return them and are being used by Rotherham Older People’s Forum for research that will be used to help develop more support to prevent people from being isolated and lonely. 


The cards ask five questions:

1. Are you, or do you know, an older person affected by feeling lonely?

2. In what ways do you think feeling lonely affects older people?

3. Do you think there are enough social activities for older people in your area?

4. What ideas do you have for helping any older people that may feel lonely in your area?

5. Which area in Rotherham do you live?


The completed report will be used to help inform voluntary sector organisations including Age UK Rotherham about what might be missing in the sector, which will help us to decide on the areas to focus on into the future. Iain Cloke, EngAge Rotherham Development Officer, said, ‘The cards give us invaluable information but not only that, they provide a great opportunity to have your voice hear about something that is important.’


If you would like to take part in these conversations at your local group, or would just like to fill on one our loneliness cards, please call us on 01709 910 699. Your help would be greatly appreciated.


Also in EngAge in August:

Bevan and Redwood groups have entered their scarecrows into the Maltby Town Council Scarecrow  competition.

Community connector sessions have been held across the south of the borough.

EngAge Rotherham team gave a presentation at Rotherham Pensioners Action Group

EngAge Rotherham team worked with Voluntary Action Rotherham and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue as part of the panel to help judge new entries for the Rotherham Kitemark and gave a joint presentation abotu the Kitemark to organisations looking to achieve the award.

Redwood Group and their scarecrowBevan Crescent Group and their scarecrow