Helen takes on role championing rights of the elderly

dignitysd'Councillor Steve Ayris with Helen Rowe, the Dignity and Respect Champion
dignitysd'Councillor Steve Ayris with Helen Rowe, the Dignity and Respect Champion
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ELDERLY and vulnerable residents in Sheffield have a new ally – retired social care worker Helen Rowe, who has been appointed Sheffield Council’s Dignity and Respect Champion.

Helen, who worked for 25 years in social care, will use her voluntary role to benefit all adults who use care services.

She said: “Dignity is one of the most precious things in life – it is so easy to lose but so fundamentally easy to maintain if the right people are there for you at the right time.”

Helen will be working with Coun Steve Ayris, the council’s cabinet member for independent living, raising awareness with care providers to improve the quality of services they provide.

She said: “My aim is to inspire those working with older people and vulnerable adults to look at things in a different way, to find ways of working with them that will give them the respect and dignity everyone deserves.”

Coun Ayris said: “We strongly believe in ensuring dignity and respect for all adults who use care services. Accepting care should not mean accepting a lower quality of life.”