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The outstanding success of a Sheffield campaign to tackle loneliness amongst older people has prompted the charity behind it to expand its team. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) launched a campaign to recruit more telephone support volunteers after revealing a growing waiting list of older people desperate for support. Now the charity has appointed Lynn Smith as an extra volunteer co-ordinator after a surge in support swelled its volunteer army to almost 200..........[...]

By SCCCC News; | 19th July 2021

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SCCCC says a city storage company’s longstanding support has extended the reach of its life enhancing work. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) had two lock up storage units donated by the city’s Big Yellow branch so it could store high seated chairs, hospital style bedding and other donations designed to improve the lives of isolated, older people........[...]

By SCCCC News; | 14th July 2021

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A Sheffield older persons charity is offering would-be Willy Wonka’s a glimpse behind the scenes of a real life chocolate factory, as it marks the long awaited return of face-to-face fundraisers. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) says the cacao laden event represents a big moment- as it seeks to recover revenues lost during long months of lockdown........[...]

By SCCCC News; | 6th July 2021

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A dad and daughter will join forces to dash 13 miles for a Sheffield charity on the front line of helping isolated, older people in the city. Pete Skipworth, aged 50, and Lucy Skipworth, aged 24, hope to raise four figures for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) when they take on the Sheffield Half Marathon together in September.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 23rd June 2021

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Two Margarets left lonely and isolated by the deaths of their husbands have joined forces in a charity partnership which has changed both their lives. Here, volunteer Marg Neale and service user Margaret Ogle discuss their friendship, their bereavement bond and the impact their unlikely union has had on defeating their loneliness.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 14th June 2021

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A massive media drive to combat loneliness and isolation in Sheffield is drawing to a close, after more than 100 people came forward to volunteer. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) teamed up with The Star and BBC Radio Sheffield to recruit more telephone support volunteers after the charity revealed a growing waiting list of older people desperate for support. Now the charity is using National Volunteers Week to say thank you to all those who signed up to lend their support during the campaign- plus those who already give up their time to support its popular Good Neighbour Scheme......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 2nd June 2021

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A Sheffield grandfather of five robbed of family contact by coronavirus has thanked a city charity scheme for helping to curb his loneliness.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 24th May 2021

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When Sheffield based Family Law firm, Stowe Family Law LLP, offered to donate to support our work, we were extremely grateful.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 21st May 2021

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A Sheffield woman left isolated when her husband passed away says an older persons charity’s phone calls and pen pal letters have made her feel less alone. Muriel Unwin, aged 91, from Stannington, was referred to Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) for support because she lives alone- with carers her only regular visitors.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 18th May 2021

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A Sheffield man left alone after his wife moved into a care home has praised the impact of a charity scheme which aims to reduce loneliness in the city. Fred Hall, aged 82, says regular chats with a Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) volunteer are one of the highlights of his week.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 6th May 2021

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A Sheffield charity hopes multi-lingual students will sign-up as volunteers to help cut loneliness amongst older people in the city. George Joseph is one of a handful of students from Sheffield Volunteering - University of Sheffield, Students' Union - to have already signed-up to Sheffield Church’s Council for Community Care’s (SCCCC) ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’, which matches volunteers with isolated, older residents.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 30th April 2021

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The brave quintet’s daredevil plunge in aid of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) is thought to have been the highest tandem skydive ever completed in the UK. Now charity fundraising chiefs hope others will follow in the footsteps of Arron Whitehouse, Joseph Price, Simon Cole, Gayle Dooley and Alice Skipworth to take on money raising challenges as Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 27th April 2021

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A Sheffield HGV tanker driver will plunge thousands of feet to help plug a charity’s funding shortfall, after hearing about the vital support it gives to older people across the city. Simon Cole, aged 57, from Oughtibridge heard about the work Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) does for older people from his wife, Kay Gabbitas who works Active Recovery within the NHS at the Northern General Hospital.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 9th April 2021

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A Sheffield charity scheme which aims to cut loneliness for hundreds of isolated older people in the city has had unanimously positive feedback, a survey has found. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) commissioned the research into its Good Neighbour Scheme, which uses phone calls, pen pal postcards and home visits to help lonely older residents......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 7th April 2021

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A Sheffield widow has hailed the work of a leading older persons’ charity during one of the toughest years of her life – and now wants others in the city to seek its support. Ann Balm, aged 73, from Hillsborough lives alone and has had help from Sheffield Churches for Community Care (SCCCC) for a decade after her husband passed away in 2011.......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 15th March 2021

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A lonely 82-year-old says a weekly phone call from one of Sheffield’s leading older persons’ charities has helped to transform her pandemic experience. Jean Flockton, from Hillsborough, has used the services of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) since 2019- but says the support the charity offers came into its own when lockdown first hit......[...]

By SCCCC News; | 1st March 2021

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An older Sheffielder who struggles to walk has hailed a charity scheme for helping him to get his virus vaccine. Roy Helliwell, aged 78, reached his appointment thanks to Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC), who are escorting existing service users in an extension to one of their flagship schemes.....[...]

By SCCCC News; | 16th February 2021

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Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) have teamed up with the local newspaper in a bid to recruit more volunteers for their telephone support service. After a tweet by Nancy Fielder, Editor of The Sheffield Star, who was concerned for the welfare of isolated older people in the city, the charity got in touch.....[...]

By SCCCC News; | 4th February 2021

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A growing list of isolated older people desperate for a chat on the phone has prompted a leading Sheffield charity to launch an urgent volunteer appeal. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) has a waiting list of almost 100 older people waiting for telephone support, but needs more volunteers to spare up to an hour a week to give them the friendship and belonging they crave....[...]

By SCCCC News; | 6th January 2021

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Charity ‘elves’ will deliver more than 100 presents to isolated older people- who might otherwise have had nothing to open on Christmas Day. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) volunteers and staff will drop off the bumper batch of beauty sets and pampering packs donated by international wholesalers Pricecheck...[...]

By SCCCC News; | 17th December 2020

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Charity’s figures highlight frontline role during Sheffield’s pandemic fight

A Sheffield charity says it has sent its 900th piece of ‘happy post’, as it catalogues the thousands of interactions it’s made to keep older people safe during a pandemic plagued 12 months. The pen pal letters are on top of almost 950 pieces of equipment fitted, 140 bits of furniture moved and 182 key safes installed- themselves part of 1626 referrals Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) has completed since January..[...]

By SCCCC News; | 8th December 2020

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Charity’s advent hamper call to help Sheffield older people through Covid winter.

A Sheffield charity is asking individuals, businesses and other organisations to ‘give, as well as receive’ this advent by compiling a hamper of essential goods for isolated older people. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) wants people to club together to build up a collection of non-perishable items - ranging from tinned food to sweets - to help the city’s over 65s who face the long, Covid winter alone. [...]

By SCCCC News; | 30th November 2020

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Nine strong team take on city road race to help fund Sheffield older persons’ charity.

A Sheffield woman on the frontline of helping isolated older people across the city has rounded up eight accomplices to help her take on a fundraising running feat. Karen Redfern will join colleagues, partners and friends on the starting line at next year’s Sheffield 10K in a bid to raise vital cash for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) - the charity where she works.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 5th November 2020

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Royal recognition for Sheffield charity putting older people first.

A Sheffield charity on the frontline of helping older and vulnerable people in Sheffield throughout the Pandemic has received a letter of recognition for their hard work from HRH The Countess of Wessex.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 3rd November 2020

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Lottery windfall for Sheffield charity at heart of city’s older people pandemic lifeline

A Sheffield charity providing a much-needed lifeline to isolated older people during the pandemic has landed a £65,000 windfall to extend its work. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) says the National Lottery Community Fund cash will mean it can extend the reach of some of its flagship services ahead of what promises to be a challenging winter for older people across the city.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 26th October 2020

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Sheffield sixth formers support charity's older persons’ Penpal scheme

Sheffield sixth formers inspired to help isolated older people have penned loneliness busting cards to help those with little other means of company. The Sheffield Park Academy pupils were inspired to make the cards after hearing about Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) and their pandemic Penpal initiative.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 22nd October 2020

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Yorkshire cities dash for Sheffield man desperate to help older people’s cause

A recovering heart patient will race between Yorkshire’s two biggest cities to raise vital cash for a Sheffield older persons’ charity he’s been inspired to support. Aaron Theaker, aged 23, will run the mammoth 56km between Sheffield and Leeds for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC), having seen its work first hand in his role with British Red Cross.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 12th October 2020

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Call out for volunteers on our new BAME befriending service

Two volunteers at the heart of one of Sheffield’s most important charity schemes helping isolated older people, want others from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to come forward to support their work.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 17th September 2020

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Crafty care home residents called on for Sheffield charity’s card contest

Crafty older people from across Sheffield’s care homes are being asked to put pen to paper to design a festive greeting to help raise vital cash for a city cause. Winners of the design contest will get to see their Christmas card design adorn Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC)’s 2020 yuletide offering- as well as a free pack of cards to send to much-missed loved ones.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 16th September 2020

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Sheffield volunteer resumes charity older people visits thanks to ppe donations

A Sheffield volunteer has hailed businesses’ generous PPE donations which have allowed her to continue visiting older people as part of a successful charity scheme. Debra Towse, from Handsworth, had to stop volunteering as part of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s (SCCCC) ‘Good Neighbour Scheme’ when the pandemic hit. But now she and her fellow volunteers can resume their life enhancing visits.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 28th August 2020

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Runner makes charity half marathon pledge to help plug pandemic shortfall

A Sheffield runner amongst the first to sign up for next year’s rearranged half marathon, wants others to join him in raising money for an older persons charity facing a pandemic fundraising shortfall.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 11th August 2020

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Pork pies and park picnics to raise pandemic cash for Sheffield older persons cause

A Sheffield older persons’ charity struck by the cancellation of mass fundraising events has come up with a novel way of raising money during the pandemic– park picnics. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) wants people to bring out the blankets and unpack the pork pies in a bid to support its vital work helping isolated, older people in the city.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 4th August 2020

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Sheffield charity’s PPE plea to help older persons’ scheme make much needed return

One of Sheffield’s best loved charity schemes helping isolated older people is to return after a five month break, provided bosses can get hold of enough PPE. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) says it wants to equip its army of dedicated volunteers with safety packs including gloves, sanitiser and reusable face coverings so that face-to-face visits as part of its beloved Good Neighbour Scheme can resume.[...]

By SCCCC News; | 30th July 2020

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How new BAME community engagement officer hopes to make Sheffield charity more culturally sensitive 

Rehneesa Inez has a face that many in the city will soon come to know well. The 22-year-old is in the process of moving to Sheffield, having just started her new role as BAME community engagement officer with Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s Inclusive Community Care project. [...]

By The Sheffield Star JPI Media; | 25th July 2020

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Former Council Chief Executive amongst quad of appointments for Sheffield charity

Former Sheffield City Council Chief Executive John Mothersole has been named as the latest addition to the Trustee Board of one of the city's leading older persons charities [...]

By SCCCC News  | 20th July 2020

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Milwaukee postcard amongst 400 received by Sheffield charity’s popular pen pal scheme

A pen pal postcard that’s winged its way nearly 4,000 miles around the globe is amongst hundreds received by one of Sheffield’s leading older persons’ charities. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) launched its pen pal service early in lockdown when the pandemic forced its popular Good Neighbour Scheme to be put on hold. Now the charity says it’s received its 400th letter- with generous scribes writing in from as far afield as Worcester and Wiltshire, Bristol and Oldham- and now Milwaukee! [...]

By SCCCC News  | 6th July 2020

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Handy brothers give back salaries to Sheffield charity where they work

Two young Sheffield brothers have contributed a chunk of their salaries to boost the vital work of the older persons’ charity they work for. Callum (17) and Kieran Maxted (19), from Greenhill say they’ve made the generous gesture having seen first-hand the outstanding contribution Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) makes to the lives of older people in the city. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 30th June 2020

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Generous desk screen donation boosts Sheffield charity’s pandemic recovery

Two Sheffield businesses have joined forces to help get an older persons charity back on its post-pandemic feet. The donation of perspex portable sneeze screens means staff at Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) can return to the office to continue their vital work helping dozens of isolated older people across the city. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 26th June 2020

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Wholesaler’s care bundles a vital lifeline to Sheffield older persons charity

Dozens of isolated older people leaving hospital will benefit from care packs donated by a generous Sheffield wholesaler. The vital bundles, comprising everyday essentials from food to toiletries, were donated to Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) by Pricecheck. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 22nd June 2020

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Triple thrill fundraiser raises hundreds for Sheffield older persons’ charity Sheffield

A brave Sheffield fundraiser has dropped, dashed and scorched her way to more than £1,000 for a city older person’s charity. Gayle Dooley has already bagged an abseil, half marathon and firewalk for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC)- but now she has set her sights even higher, with a post-lockdown skydive already in the offing. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 19th June 2020

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Sheffield charity passes PPE to good causes after big-hearted donations lead to extra supplies

A Sheffield charity overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses is donating extra supplies of personal protective equipment to other good causes in need. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 5th June 2020

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There’s no better time to say thank you…

More than 100 volunteers giving nearly 6,000 minutes a week to lonely, isolated older people are being celebrated by a major Sheffield charity. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 1st June 2020

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Cash boost for Sheffield charity’s older person Covid support

A Sheffield charity on the frontline of helping older people through the pandemic has been awarded £7,000 in emergency covid funding. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 27th May 2020

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Seven-year-old’s pen pal drawing brightens day for partially sighted Sheffield woman

A seven year old girl’s handmade card made the day of a partially sighted stranger from Sheffield who has little other contact with the outside world. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 24th May 2020

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Wild Wednesdays raising cash for Sheffield charity’s older person pandemic support

Wild workers at the heart of helping Sheffield’s older people through the pandemic are donning crazy outfits to raise funds for their vital work. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 20th May 2020

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Memory boosting biography penned by Sheffield charity volunteer

A kind hearted volunteer who befriended a 95-year-old Sheffielder as part of a charity loneliness scheme has written a book about the man’s life to help boost his memory. Tim Moran, aged 54, from Meersbrook penned the charming digest for nonagenarian Mike Skipp- a service user benefitting from Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s (SCCCC) Good Neighbour Scheme. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 11th May 2020

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Volunteer’s birthday gesture breaks isolation sadness for Sheffield man - 93

A friendly visiting volunteer from Sheffield surprised a lonely 93-year-old man on his birthday, delivering cake, a card and a jigsaw puzzle to cheer him up, after lockdown isolation made him feel down. Fran O’Callaghan, aged 48, from Wharncliffe Side hand delivered the birthday food parcel from a distance having met birthday boy Jack as part of Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s (SCCCC) Good Neighbour Scheme.[...]

By SCCCC News  | 5th May 2020

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Pandemic pen pal pledges 100 letters in Sheffield charity fundraising bid

A pen pal has pledged to write 100 letters to older people isolated by the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to raise money for the Sheffield charity that’s helping them. Kate Ibbeson, from Walkley has set the monster writing target to raise money for Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC). The charity is at the heart of the city’s effort to provide much needed care to older people with little other means of support. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 24th April 2020

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Sheffield older persons’ charity makes lockdown savings donation appeal

A Sheffield charity at the heart of the city’s pandemic help for older people has launched an urgent appeal, asking people to donate cash they might otherwise have spent pre-lockdown. With haircuts, commutes, pub trips and eating out all on the back burner whilst people stay at home to save lives, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care has asked people to consider donating the money they’ve saved to aid its vital work. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 15th April 2020

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Sheffield charity boss makes urgent PPE plea after making his own masks

A Sheffield charity boss who’s been sewing his own face masks so his staff can continue their vital work helping isolated older people across the city has made an urgent PPE plea. Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) is continuing its pivotal work throughout the pandemic, which includes helping older people get back home once they’ve been discharged from hospital and delivering food parcels to those who are isolating. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 14th April 2020

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Older people charity ready to offer a helping hand to NHS

The increase in cases of Coronavirus (COVID -19) doesn’t stop local charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) from continuing to support over 300 older, vulnerable people a month, through their free services. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 25th March 2020

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Volunteers step up to support older people’s charity

Local older people’s charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) have mobilised their volunteers to support their communities beyond their normal roles. [...]

By SCCCC News  | 17th March 2020

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Make a Will Month

Our first Make a Will Month

We have joined forces with Egg & Nest Estate Planning Services  to bring you an exclusive offer. £150 for a single Will or £250 for joint or mirror Will AND they will donate 50% from their fee to SCCCC. If you would like to register your interest or make an appointment please contact Ericka Hill@scccc.co.uk 

COVID-19 Update

In these challenging times we are all having to find ways to adapt to our current situation.  We still want to give you our exclusive offer, so we are planning to run the scheme this April and take details of all those people interested. We will then arrange appointments later in the year. Stay safe everyone and thank you for your support.

By Ericka Hill, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer

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VIP Friendly Visit

VIP Friendly Visit

Being chosen as the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce charity of the year 2018/19 was a wonderful honour for us.  When the President, Steve Manley told his mum about the charity he had choosen, she knew who we were straight away! Bridget, Steve's mum, had volunteered with us back in the 1970's. 

We thought it would be nice to welcome them both back for another visit 40 years later. So in June they visited 92 year old Alma Langner, a service user on the Good Neighbour Scheme. Alma has been on the scheme for 3 years and loves her visits from Friendly visitor, Maggie Henderson. 

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Here is what Bridget had to say about her experiences with our charity. 

A day to remember for me, when with my son Stephen we visit Alma in her home to hear about what her volunteer does for her.

I first came involved in SCCCC's in 1978 when I took over from my friend as the Good Neighbourhood coordinator for SCCCC's for the Wadsley /Wisewood area. I visited many people as did my small band of volunteers, so naturally I took Stephen aged 3 with me as he was preschool age.

Going back to full time work in 1980 as a District Nurse I was able to call on SCCCC's to help with some of my elderly, vulnerable and lonely patients.

Forward to 1989, I moved to work in the Northern General Hospital but still for the District Nursing Service. In my role as a Community Liaison Sister the SCCCC's came up trumps an immeasurable number of times. I or a colleague would very regularly contact the hospitals SCCCC's coordinator for help of varying requests for patients admitted to hospital who had no family or anyone to call upon. Examples of requests were  emptying fridges, turning off heating, sorting out the care of pets , dealing with dirty washing, the list is endless. This put at ease the distressed patient who didn't know how these problems could be solved but they were. This is an amazing service.

As a member of a group of healthcare professionals that met regularly with SCCCC,S we managed to resolve some problems and sometimes found more. We discovered the amazing amount of work that was done quietly behind the scenes.

I now move on from 2007 when I left NGH and onward to 2018 when my son Stephen, who in his year as President of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce chose SCCCC's as his chosen charity. I was overjoyed and he was astounded when I told him of  my connection { and  my 3 year old son] with this wonderful charity for over 40 years.

It was a pleasure and privilege  to meet Alma in her own home and to hear of her praise for Maggie her SCCCC's volunteer, who has been doing all  sorts with Alma for the last 3 years.

I wish you all well and hope you go on from strength to strength.

Bridget Manley 

By Ericka Hill, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer

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Donation of Christmas Gifts

Donation of Christmas Gifts

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. 

By Ericka Hill, Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer

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Sheffield Chamber Charity of the Year

Fantastic News

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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By Ericka Hill, Fundraiser

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Service of Celebration

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to catch up afterwards over a glass of wine. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SCCCC! 

Photos by James Stewart Photography

By Ericka Hill, Fundraiser

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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.

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By Mark Storey, Chief Executive Officer, SCCCC

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