Lunch Clubs

Lunch clubs enable older people across the city to make long lasting friendships,
share good food and enjoy interesting activities. They are friendly and supportive
groups, predominately run by volunteers with a desire to give something back to their
local community. Costs are minimal to attend.

You can find out more online at Sheffield Directory (see link) or by looking out for
notices in local shops and libraries.

Social Health Care

All the parties acknowledge the need to improve the current health care system for the elderly in their manifesto’s.

The Lib Dems say they will raise £7 billion a year additional revenue which will be ring-fenced to be spent only on NHS and social care services. This revenue it to be generated from a 1p rise on the basic, higher and additional rates of Income Tax (this revenue will be neither levied nor spent in Scotland.)

Labor states that urgent funding is needed as well as structural change for the long term, and believes personal care should be free at the point of use, paid for through general
taxation, like healthcare, and have described their plans for a National Care Service with freepersonal care in the policy document ‘Towards a National Care Service’, however it is not made clear how this will be addressed.

The Conservatives say as a first step and to stabilise the Social Care system, they announced in the autumn additional funding of £1 billion for the year beginning in April 2020. They are now confirming this additional funding in every year of the new  Parliament.

So food for thought – a minor issue to some a major issue to others.

Keeping Fit

Keeping fit is a key way to stay healthy. The NHS promotes walking as a popular low-impact exercise, working the cardiovascular system and burning off calories. Even 10 minutes a day can make a difference to your health. Picking up the pace, even for short spurts can increase the intensity of your walk. It’s always nicer if it’s shared experience.

Swimming is another low-impact sport that can be enjoyed at any age. Look for over 50’s swimming sessions at your local pool. King Edwards Pool in Sheffield has warm water sessions for those that don’t like being cold!

The main point is to make exercise a habit and part of your day or week.

Getting out and about in Sheffield

Its good to have different options to help you get out and about.

Treasured time will take you out, whether its shopping or going to visit one of the lovely Sheffield parks.

There is also Sheffield Community Transport, which provides different services to help people keep mobile – a shopper bus, community car scheme, City Ride door to door service and a mobility for leisure service. They can be contacted on 0114 2766148 or email them at