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Sheffield launch of military support programme

11 November 2016

Service veteran Sandra BrownAge UK Sheffield have hosted a ‘Military Memories’ event, marking the start of a two year programme to help reduce loneliness and increase well-being amongst our city's veterans.  Sheffield veterans visited the charity's Wellbeing Centre to come and share their stories, show off their old military memorabilia and reminisce with other veterans over a cup of tea.


Age UK has commissioned a series of short films with the Yorkshire Film Archive to form a reminiscence pack, looking at the 1940s and 1950s Britain – a period of huge change for everyone. The reminiscence pack documents the rise of the Home Guard, jobs that women took on to support the war effort, the impact on children, VE Day celebrations and the return to peace as people looked forward to the future and occasions including the Queen’s Coronation.


One in 10 older people across Yorkshire are ‘chronically lonely’ at any given time. Not only does this have implications for people’s mental health, research shows that it can be as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and it also increases the risk of conditions including dementia, high blood pressure and depression.


The Military Memories events are borne out of a three-year programme, enabled through LIBOR funding donated by the Chancellor, specifically to support Yorkshire and Humber’s veterans.


Commenting on the project, Steve Chu, Age UK Sheffield Chief Executive, said: “We want to reduce isolation and improve the lives of Sheffield veterans. Our support helps older people to improve their finances, health, wellbeing and social connections. Anyone interested in more detais can contact us on 0114 250 2850.”