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Friday, 28 January 2022

Sheffield older people cause shortlisted for award

ONE of Sheffield’s leading older persons’ charities is up for one of the city’s most prestigious business gongs, in recognition of its impact helping over 65s during the pandemic and beyond. 

Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) fitted more than 2,480 pieces of equipment, distributed 3,500 pen pal letters, completed 225 furniture moves, installed 228 key safes and received 3,550 referrals for hundreds of isolated, over 65s across the city since Covid-19 first hit.

SCCCC has also continued to grow its new Inclusive Community Care project, which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older minority ethnic groups in the city.

Now the charity has been shortlisted for the ‘social impact award’ at this year’s Sheffield Business Awards- the most significant event recognising the work of businesses and third sector organisations from across the city region.

The award category recognises a not-for-profit organisation, charity or social enterprise that has significantly contributed towards social impact in Sheffield.

Mark Storey, CEO at SCCCC, said:

“We’re thrilled to have been nominated for this much sought after award. Being nominated feels like deserved recognition for the way our brilliant volunteers and small team of staff have stepped up to help thousands of isolated, older people in our communities.

“We’re especially proud of the way we’ve adapted our work to a world remade whilst at the same time extending the reach of our work through schemes like the inclusive community care project. Whether it’s fitting equipment to make life that bit easier, writing a letter to someone who’s lonely, or helping someone to leave hospital safely, I couldn’t be prouder of the impact we’ve had.”

SCCCC maintained much of its vital work during the pandemic. For the Hospital to Home team, it was business as usual, collecting older people from hospital upon discharge, taking them home, and ensuring they were integrated back into their routines.

Friendly visiting under the charity’s flagship Good Neighbour Scheme was put on hold, but SCCCC adjusted by implementing a telephone service so its service users still had volunteer support.

It also launched a pen pal scheme, which has been so successful that organisers intend to carry on the scheme for years to come.

Winners of the award will be announced at a ceremony on 9 December. The other nominees are Age UK Sheffield, Sheffield Futures and Sheffield United Community Foundation.

For more information about SCCCC, please visit: www.scccc.co.uk.

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