Help tackle Sheffield old folks’ loneliness

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For some old folk in Sheffield, the festive season continues to be a cold and lonely time.

That’s the message from Age UK Sheffield, which is calling on locals to help tackle the blight of loneliness in our older community.

Age UK Sheffield’s chief executive, Rosalind Eve, said: “Many people do not have friends and family around them – nor do they have the money to be able to go out and enjoy the festivities with others. Christmas can be miserable for people on their own.

“There are many reasons for social isolation and it is one of the biggest problems older people face. Inappropriate housing or living on a hill might mean that people can’t get out and about or they may be one of an increasing number of people living in poverty.”

Rosalind said that more and more of the charity’s users have been forced to use food banks and there is less support to power people to help themselves due to cuts in services which help people increase their income.

She continued: “We need to take action against the blight of loneliness and all its causes. It can lead to depression and a loss of self-confidence, as well as having a serious knock-on effect on physical health and well-being.

“We provide vital services in Sheffield, designed to tackle or prevent loneliness and isolation.

“Age UK Sheffield’s information and advice service helps people get in touch with whatever service, resource or facility they need.”

For more information about Age UK Sheffield’s services, call 0114 250 2850 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/sheffield.