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£90k fund to help city’s older veterans

19 April 2016

Age UK Sheffield has been awarded £90,000 of funding over three years to provide dedicated support to older veterans in the city.

 

Through the Aged Veterans Fund - funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds - the charity will run the three-year ‘Mission Possible: Active service in later life’ programme.

 

The scheme will see Age UK Sheffield provide a dedicated Independent Living Coordinator service to 300 veterans born before 1 January 1950.  Independent Living Coordinators use a holistic approach to working with older people, building trust and challenging low aspirations, while facilitating access to the services and resources needed to live a more fulfilling life.

 

‘Mission Possible’ will also engage volunteer friendship visitors to tackle the growing problem of social isolation.

 

Andy Callard, business development manager at Age UK Sheffield, said: “We already work with many older veterans, but we often only discover that they served in the military during conversation. 

 

“We’re delighted that this funding will allow us to actively offer a dedicated service to those who served this country with pride.”

 

The project is part of a wider portfolio of work being undertaken by Age UKs across Yorkshire and the Humber and includes projects in Sheffield, Bradford and District, Knaresborough, Leeds and East Riding.
Age UK Sheffield is an independent, local organisation dedicated to enabling older people to be the architect of their own lives and live life to the full.

 

The organisation is dedicated to supporting older people in Sheffield, particularly those who are vulnerable or isolated, to help them regain and maintain their independence and get the most out of life.