Church charity appeals for volunteers to keep Sheffield’s lonely and isolated company

A local charity who help vulnerable older people in the South Yorkshire area are appealing for volunteers to keep a long waitlist of lonely, isolated elders company. 

Under Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s (SCCCC) Good Neighbour scheme, the charity connects volunteers with vulnerable older people who are in need of a friend. Volunteers can also opt for phone calls or pen-pal arrangements. 

Ericka Hill, Fundraising, Marketing and Communications Officer at SCCCC, said: “All of our services are provided free of charge to older people living in Sheffield who are over 65. They may be frail, socially isolated, have no relatives or be living alone.”

SCCCC’s other schemes include Hospital to Home, where volunteers can help collect an older person from the hospital and help them settle whilst waiting for additional care, and the Inclusive Community Care Project, which is similar to the Good Neighbour scheme but focused on BAME communities. 

SCCCC are looking for volunteers in the following areas: S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S9, S10, S11, S12, S13, S14, S17, S20 and S35. Interested parties can visit https://scccc.co.uk/volunteer/why-volunteer for more information on getting involved.

Written by Athenea Lim

Journalism student at UoS from Singapore

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