Civic Participation and Employment
Everyone in Sheffield should be able to actively contribute to society, no matter what their age is.
Providing older people with meaningful good quality volunteering opportunities has a measurable positive effect on their mental health, while paid work can impact positively on both their wellbeing and their finances. However, it can become increasingly challenging for older people to remain in the workplace and opportunities to try new things are not so readily available to older adults. An age-friendly city helps keep its older citizens engaged in paid or unpaid work through policies including better transport to the workplace, accessibility and increased employer flexibility.
Volunteering for Age Better in Sheffield
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The recruitment of older volunteers is a particularly important aspect of ABiS because of our focus on strengths based working and because volunteering is a recognised way of reducing loneliness and isolation. This digest shares some of the challenges that Sheffield projects have experienced as well as the approaches and techniques that Sheffield projects have found successful. It has a Sheffield focus, but the principles may apply elsewhere too.
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