In December 2018 we put out an appeal on social media. We needed 100 gifts to pass on Kindness & Co who each year on Christmas Day organise a meal for older and lonely people in South Anston. They wanted to be able to give a gift to everyone who attended. Along with our supporters, our friends at Price Check UK International Brands donated over 100 wonderful gifts to us to pass on to the older people. Bluebell Smith from Kindness & Co and who happens to also be one of our trustees, was overwhelmed by the generosity. THANK YOU to everyone who donated a gift.
We are honured to have been chosen as the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Charity of the Year 2018. This is a massive achievement for us. SCCCC is a very small charity that supports older people in Sheffield. Older peoples charities are often over looked for charities that support children, animals and cancer (all worthy causes). So imagine our excitement when it was announced at the Presidents Dinner that we had been chosen. We are looking forward to a fantastic partnership over the coming year.
By Ericka Hill, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer
Presentation of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
What a year! Not only did we celebrate 50+ years but we were honoured to receive notice that we had been awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.
How excited were we to recieve the award at a special presentation hosted by the Lord Mayor Cllr Anne Murphy in the beautiful Sheffield Town Hall reception rooms.
All our wonderful volunteers were given a special invitation to attend the presentation by the Lord-Liuetenant Andrew J Coombe and it was an ideal opportunity for us to say THANK YOU for all their hard work with an afternoon tea.
2017 saw 81 volunteers giving over 7,000 hours of their free time to help us combat isolation and loneliness amongst our older generations in Sheffield.
Over 70 people attended the presentation including volunteers, their guests, some service users, staff members and trustees. Special Queen's Award pin badges were commissioned and each volunteer was given one as they left the event.
By Ericka Hill, Fundraiser
50th Anniversary Service of Celebration
50 years old! Thats a milestone in itself. So how else can we celebrate the fantastic work of a charity set up by church members than to hold a service of celebration at the impressive Sheffield Cathedral.
Invited guests included: members of the clergy, civic dignitaries, current and past staff, trustees and volunteers, members of the public, representatives of charitable foundations, community groups and supporters of SCCCC.
The service consisted of a sermon preached by the Archbishop of York, an emotional candlelit procession of 10 representatives remembering past staff, service users and volunteers accompanied by mesmerising harp music; a beautiful acapella rendition by Sheffield Community Gospel Choir all followed by a drinks reception in celebration.
It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to catch up afterwards over a glass of wine.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCCCC!
Photos by James Stewart Photography
Royal Recognition for SCCCC
This is my first ever blog and one that I am keen to write.
It just so happens that volunteers’ week started yesterday and what a week it is going to be. 2017 gives us a massive reason to celebrate. Not only are we marking 50 years as a registered charity, we are also celebrating the fact that we have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in her Birthday Honours and been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest Honour that can be given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work and is the equivalent of an MBE for the organisation; testament to the time spent by volunteers in helping to combat loneliness and isolation amongst our older people.
This award has been given specifically for our volunteers, without which we simply would not exist. Together our volunteers dedicate nearly 6,000 hours of unpaid time every year. Many of them have been with us years – some for even 20 or 25 years. That’s a massive commitment to the organisation and to improving the lives of older people in Sheffield. The Queen’s Award is a recognition that their efforts are absolutely at the heart of what we do.
As winners of the Award we were invited to the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace and thought it only right that we should send volunteers. So last Tuesday (23rd May) two SCCCC volunteers, Anne Ashforth and Rosemary Ashburner attended Buckingham Palace where they were able to mingle with other winners of the Award and get closer to Her Majesty The Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family than they ever thought possible. Needless to say they both had a fantastic day.
During this last year SCCCC has recruited more volunteers than any time in its recent history. This is excellent news because it means that more people recognise that there is a big issue affecting older people but also more and more people are willing to do something about it. We are however still recruiting because the demand we have for help is far greater than the number of volunteers we have available. If you know someone who might be interested please tell them to get in touch.
As Chief Executive of SCCCC I am immensely proud of what past and present volunteers have done and continue to do for SCCCC and for the older people they visit. Without their passion and commitment we would not have the organisation that we have today.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our wonderful volunteers and let them know just how much they are appreciated. Well done to everyone concerned.
By Mark Storey, Chief Executive Officer, SCCCC