Our organisation and history

1965 First meeting of the Sheffield Churches Committee for Community care, the original name of the organisation.

1966 The Committee established a small office at 19 Division Street; first volunteer preparation course for Community Care Volunteers who were to be used alongside statutory workers in the health and social services in a community setting.

1967 Liaison developed with Good Neighbour Schemes, such as the South Sheffield Good Neighbour Scheme, and other local schemes developed through a network of liaison officers working with the Organising Secretary. The schemes retained a community focus, with a strong relationship with the local churches.

1971 Sheffield Churches Committee for Community Care became Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care.

1976 "Concern", the newsletter, started as a bi-monthly information sheet.

1977 "Going Home-Link" pilot project started at the Royal Hospital; "Hospital At Home" pre-pilot scheme started in Parson Cross area.

1978 Royal Hallamshire Hospital opens and the "Going Home-Link", now known as Hospital After Care, is in use over three wards for people over 60 years of age. With joint financial support from Sheffield City Council and the District Health Authority a co-ordinator is appointed whose role was to find volunteers to help when a patient is discharged from hospital, particularly if they are still unwell, or frail and live alone.

1981 "Home Care Relief" pilot scheme was established; to help the families of some elderly confused patients at the Northern General Hospital.

1982 Age Concern took over the Home Care Relief scheme with a view to expanding it. The newsletter "Concern" changed its name to "Caring".

1987 Development of Hospital After Care Scheme at the Northern General Hospital.

1991 25th Anniversary of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care. The Bereavement Support Service was set up at the Northern General Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

1993 The organisation's constitution was amended. The Accident & Emergency Out of Hours Scheme is piloted.

1994 The organisation moves to 8 Backfields. The EscortCare Scheme is devised.

1997 SCCCC is involved in developing the Hospital Assessment and Integrated Care Scheme.

1999 Smith's Charity Award funding to enable SCCCC to support the spiritual needs of people living in residential care.

2001 35th Anniversary of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care.

2005 10th Anniversary of the A&E to Home Scheme

2006 40th Anniversary of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care

2006 SCCCC receives funding to set up Care in Lowedges, Batemoor and Jordanthorpe

2007 Funding is also confirmed to set up Care in Gleadless Valley     

2008 Care in LBJ and Care in GV funding comes to an end, work is transferred to local projects. Development of Stocksbridge Community Care Group begins.

2009  SCCCC participates in research project "Better Outpatients Services for Older People" BOSOP, with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.      

2014 SCCCC moves to new offices in Highfield Trinity Methodist Church

2015 The Placement Support Scheme is established, offering assistance to carers and families when choosing a care home.

2016 The 50th Anniversary of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care.

2016 Received a Thank You Award from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals for Volunteering. 

2017 Received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service. 

2017 Launched the Hospital to Home Scheme. Supporting older people who are being discharged from hospital. 

2018 Received the Together for Sheffield - Faith Action Audit Award for outstanding contribution to your community. 

2018 Became the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Charity of the Year.

2018 Received the Highly Commended Award for Sheffield Volunteering from Voluntary Action Sheffield's Making a Difference Awards. 

2019 Received HRH The Duke of York's Community Initiative Award. 

2020 Suspended the Good Neighbour Scheme for the first time in 54 years due to Covid 19 and the Global Pandemic. 

2020 Launched the Penpal Scheme where volunteers and the public were invited to write letters, send cards and drawings to isolated older people to keep them connected throughout the Pandemic. 

2020 Increased  the number of volunteers on the Telephone Support Service to help support isolated older people during the Pandemic. 

2020  Received Royal recognition from HRH The Countess of Wessex as we were nominated as UK Business Heroes as part of The British Chamber of Commerce campaign.

2021 Launched the Volunteer Recruitment campaign to increase number on the Telephone Support Service in conjunction with BBC Radio Sheffield. 

2021 Received a special recognition award from the president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, for our work during Covid-19. 

2021 Won the social impact award at the Sheffield Business Awards for our work in Sheffield during the pandemic. 

2022 Launched our Winter Pressures  Service, providing health professionals and vulnerable older people with transport to attend appointments during adverse weather,

2022 Won the tendor for an existing service based in Doncaster, Home from Hospital. Working closely with Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

2023 One of the 10 winners of the GSK Impact Awards in partnership with the Kings Fund,. The awards are a mark of excellence in the charity sector. 

Today SCCCC can offer a network of services that supplement the wide range of health and social care resources in the city. Our aim remains the same - we work with our partners in the churches, the statutory sector and the community to support and improve the well being of older people in Sheffield.


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