Sheffield MP backs charity with 50-year history

Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has pledged his support to a local charity which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care, helps to prevent loneliness amongst older people by providing volunteers who visit people in their own homes.

There are around 40 volunteers who give their time to provide a friendly face and a chat to Sheffield residents over 65 who do not have the social contact they once had.

Mr Clegg accompanied one volunteer on a visit to a 94-year-old city woman to find out how the service works.

“I would urge my constituents who could spare a little time to get involved with SCCCC, as they could make a real difference to an older person’s life,” he said.

The charity’s Chief Executive Mark Storey said: “Our volunteers are the cornerstone of the service. They provide a valuable lifeline to people who otherwise can go days without seeing or speaking to anyone and they really are appreciated.

“Due to the increasing demand we are looking for genuine volunteers who would like to help make a difference to older people in their community.”

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