Age Better

Age Better in Sheffield is a programme of new projects designed by and for older people across the city, from setting up new community projects, to help getting out and about. Age Better volunteers and participants are encouraged to take an active role in the design of the project, guaranteeing that every aspect of what we do is coproduced to meet the needs and interests of older people and their local communities. Sheffield Cubed are responsible for the coordination and delivery of the Age Better Champions and Peer Mentor projects.

Age Better Champions

Age Better Champions are volunteers aged 50+ who have experienced social isolation and understand the impact that this can have on physical health and mental wellbeing. Volunteers will support older people who are experiencing social isolation, with the aim to give them the confidence they need to become more involved in their community. From meeting for a cup of tea and a chat, to attending groups and activities and meeting new people, Age Better Champions can utilise their own skills and experience to help others make a positive change.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentor volunteers provide one-to-one support to people over 50 who may have experienced, or could be facing, a significant life event such as caring for a loved one, ill health, retirement, moving home or the death of a partner. Volunteers of a similar age are there to talk and offer advice on what to do next, or can help people to get involved in new activities and social networks so that they don’t have to experience these things alone.

Member organisations delivering:

  • Roshni
  • Age UK
  • Zest
  • Reach South Sheffield
  • Sheffield Mind
  • SOAR
  • Manor & Castle Development Trust
  • Heeley City Farm

Funding Source: Big Lottery and South Yorkshire Housing Association

Contract Dates: June 15 – March 18

Project Lead: Rebecca Lawson – 0114 213 4065 / rebecca.lawson@soarcommunity.org.uk