Community Support and Health Services

Sheffield’s community support and health services must be designed and delivered to meet the needs of people across the life course.

AAge-friendly city is one which promotes active ageing by ensuring people can maintain their health and independence for as long as possible through the provision of health services and community support which are easily accessible to an ageing population. For example, addressing older people’s mental health issues in new ways which are more accessible for them shows that when we do things differently it can have a very positive effect.

Why We Need To Do Therapy Differently

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The Wellbeing Practitioners Project took therapy directly into people’s homes and introduced a more holistic approach to therapy by asking the clients about their experience of loneliness and connectedness. This report focuses on the therapists at Sheffield Mind and the learning that took place as they approached doing therapy in a new and different ways.

Exploring the relationship between bereavement, loneliness and social isolation in older people.

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This learning report explores the relationship between bereavement and loneliness in older people through the case studies and stories from people who were involved in our Ripple Effect Project.

Ripple Effect: Supporting Older People Through Bereavement

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This learning digest examines the work of the Ripple Effect from February 2019 to January 2020. The project supports bereaved people aged 50 or over. It also works with community groups and volunteers to help them start conversations about bereavement and feel more confident supporting those facing loss and grief.

Supporting older bereaved people during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Insight into the Ripple Effect’s response to supporting bereaved older people during the time of Covid 19.

Keep Calm and Listen: Effective ways of holding conversations with someone living with a mental health condition

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Our first contact with some of the people who are involved with our projects is when they are experiencing a mental health crisis. This digest shares some tips from Sheffield Mind about how to have a good conversation with someone in crisis.

Together Project Report

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Together worked with the families of people living in residential care settings to support them to have better visiting experiences

Qualitative insights into interventions to address social isolation and loneliness

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This report draws on qualitative data from 37 people who participated in a series of interviews and focus group discussions between November 2019 and March 2020.

Age Better in Sheffield blogs about community support and health services