Sheffield older persons’ charity wins major city business award
One of Sheffield’s leading older persons’ charities has been crowned the winner of one of the 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 404 furniture moves, installed 386 key safes and received 6,821 referrals for 3,890 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 awarded 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 – and gobsmacked - to have been crowned the winner for this much sought after award. It 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.
SCCCC were announced the winner of the award at a ceremony on 9 December. The charity fought off competition from the other nominees - Age UK Sheffield, Sheffield Futures and Sheffield United Community Foundation.
For more information about SCCCC, visit www.scccc.co.uk.