Comic Relief funding set to help elderly

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A SHEFFIELD organisation which assists older people has won funding from Comic Relief.

Sheffield 50+ has announced it has received a three year grant for a new area of work, the Missing Voices project, which aims to help pensioners make their views heard.

Tony Maltby, Sheffield 50+ chairman, said: “We are very pleased to be one of the 10 projects that were successful in the bidding process, out of a pool of over 100 applications from across the UK.

“We look forward to working with Comic Relief over the next three years on the project.

“This work is of vital importance to us and more so to the people we are targeting. Too often, consultations with older adults are developed with those who are easy to reach, and too often simply allow what is colloquially-called a ‘tick box approach’.

“What is unique about this work is that we will engage with these ‘missing voices’ and allow them to raise their collective views to seek improvements in the quality and range of services, and to encourage greater participation and dialogue with local and national policymakers.”