Project to record life on Sheffield estate

Coffee morning at Link on Stradbroke for eldery residents

Coffee morning at Link on Stradbroke for eldery residents


Older residents living on a Sheffield estate have been given a new lease of life following a coffee morning.

Elderly people were invited to The Link community hub on Stradbroke Drive to reminisce about life in the area.

And the event was such a success that organisers are now setting up a history project to permanently record their memories.

Helen Eadon, community volunteer at the hub, said the morning was extremely interesting with resident bringing in old photographs and newspaper cuttings.

She feels the history project will give elderly residents in the area – some living in isolation – a regular place to socialise.

“It was fascinating listening to them,” she said.

“They never stopped talking the whole time they were there,” she said.

“Many of them thought they were the only elderly resident living on the estate.

“One man brought along lots of very old photographs which people were looking at and reminiscing about.

“We are going to look into setting up a history project with them. We realise how important the memories that older people have are and we want to do something to record them.

“For many of them it really gave them a reason to come out of their home and we want that to continue.”

Helen said an interesting topic of discussion was about when bones were discovered on the estate in the 1950s after soil was transferred from the church yard at Sheffield Cathedral.

“They were saying how their children were coming home with bones and they didn’t know what to do with them. It’s now an area of grassland and has never been built on,” she added.

The event was organised by The Link and Stradbroke Tenants and Community Association to get elderly residents socialising, due to fears many are living in isolation.

Coun Tony Damms, Sheffield Council cabinet adviser for homes and neighbourhoods, attended the coffee morning and said other communities could learn from their work.

Coun Damms said: “It is a real exemplar of what a TARA can do with a bit of dedication. It’s a great addition to the community.”

“ I visited to find out how they had done it and how I can publicise it across the city and my own area. It really is bringing the community together.”




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