Ending Forever Isolation Community Project

Home Instead and Sheffield United partner

To combat loneliness and isolation within the local community

Home Instead Sheffield and Barnsley have partnered with the Sheffield United Community Foundation with the aim to tackle loneliness and isolation within the local elderly community. The two local organisations will host weekly activity-based workshops for older people at Bramall Lane Football Club. 

Home Instead Sheffield and Barnsley provide care to older people in the comfort of their own homes, ranging from home help and companionship to more specialist dementia care. As experts in care, Home Instead aim to ‘change the face of ageing’ throughout the local area through community activities and initiatives.

The weekly activity-based workshops will vary, hosting activities including film clubs and board games, to Zumba sessions and bingo. Anyone in the local area is able to attend the workshops, which aim to provide some fun for people who may be feeling isolated and lonely. 

The sessions will be hosted every Wednesday from 18th August between 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at the Family Hub in Bramall Lane. 

The activity workshops are part of Sheffield United Community Foundation’s ‘Ending Forever Isolation’ project. With support from other major contributors including Cadbury and Aviva, the project aims to support people aged 65 and over who are experiencing by creating safe spaces and opportunities to meet new people.  

Home Instead Sheffield and Barnsley’s client services manager, Megan Stancill, commented: 

“We are delighted to have partnered with Sheffield United Community Foundation to work on such an invaluable community project. We endeavour to promote awareness around social isolation and bring groups of people together to form new lasting relationships and experiences. At Home Instead, we provide companionship services to our clients- sitting with them and having meaningful conversations to lower the instances of isolation. However, we know that many older people in the community are not so lucky and we want to help however we can- which is why this partnership is so important.”

Sheffield United Community Foundation’s health coordinator, Josh Blunkett, comments: 

“It has been an extremely tough 18 months for us all, which has really shone a light on how loneliness and periods of isolation can impact people. Due to this, a lot of people in our community have lost the confidence to do everyday tasks. Thanks to Cadbury and Aviva, we are able to launch ‘Ending Forever Isolation’ to support those in the community that need it most. We would like to thank Home Instead, who we are pleased will be our delivery partner on the project, who will be providing a helping hand, friendly face, and invaluable expertise in supporting people locally.”

If you or someone you may know would be interested in attending the weekly sessions, please call Josh Blunkett on 07949375726 or email [email protected]