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Sheffield’s loneliness hotspots

04 January 2016

Loneliness among older people was thrust into the spotlight, with the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert featuring the ‘man on the moon’. The national retailer has partnered with Age UK on the campaign, resulting in Age UK Sheffield receiving more than 50 offers of volunteer support to work with older people in just a week in November last year. Now Age UK Sheffield is looking to join with local partners to identify the city’s loneliness hotspots, and help the charity focus its work where it can have maximum impact.

Chief executive Steve Chu said: “We are following Sheffield City Council’s approach of trying to provide much-needed services in local communities. So we would like to hear from anyone who works in the health, social care, voluntary and community sectors, so we can find out where the loneliness hotspots are in the city.

“We know some areas have extensive networks of local support from community-based organisations. But in other parts of the city, there are gaps in provision for older people – whether that be lunch clubs, support for people with memory loss, or respite services for family members.

“We would like people to identify and tell us where these gaps our so we can concentrate our limited resources where they are needed most - perhaps working with community centres, care homes or accommodation providers to put on new activities in local communities.”

If you have an idea of a new service that is needed in your area, for over-50s, people with memory loss, or their families, please contact: enquiries@ageuksheffield.org.uk