Sheffield charity launches a new service to help elderly

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A NEW service has been launched by Age UK Sheffield to support older people living in their own homes in the city.

The charity, which helps the elderly retain their independence by living in their own homes for as long as possible, has recruited a team of volunteers to deliver the service.

They will provide company, have a chat and a drink with pensioners they are visiting and will help with small jobs around the house and garden.

Rosalind Eve, Age UK Sheffield chief executive, said: “Sheffield has one of the most rapidly ageing populations in the UK, yet many older people struggle to access the kind of support that will help them live their lives more fully. We want to widen access to that support.

“And the mission of our experienced, friendly and trustworthy team is to give isolated people in Sheffield the tools and information they need to get more out of life.”

Age UK Sheffield’s visiting service costs users £8 per hour, which helps pay for volunteer recruitment, training, supervision and expenses.

Each year the charity gives support to more than 13,500 people in Sheffield through services to people over 50.

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