Sheffield 50+ is the voice of older people in Sheffield. It was set up as part of a government pilot – (BGOP, Better Government for Older People) – with the help of Sheffield City Council. It was launched in 2000.
We now have around 2500 members but of course, we would like more. The more members there are, the bigger the voice of older people. Congress Elders are elected from membership and Congress elects the management team. Congress meets monthly in the Town Hall’s council chamber. It is a democratic and non-political organisation.
We work in partnership with numerous organisations including the Police, Fire Service, Sheffield Homes, Sheffield First, various universities and local groups. We attend Community Assemblies and work with local councillors. There are three Congress Elders in each area of the city. I am one of the Graves Park Elders, and now that we have Community Assemblies, I come into contact with councillors from Graves Park, Gleadless Valley, Beauchief and Nether Edge.
We enhance policies and practices especially for those less able to speak for themselves.
We give information to enable people to be more empowered.
We signpost to other services.
We have representatives on various committees and steering groups.
We ask questions and raise issues.
We research the views of ordinary older people.
We train and supply volunteers for research and focus groups.
So – why become a member of Sheffield 50+?
It’s free for life. Anyone who lives or works in Sheffield can join.
You can be an active or inactive member.
You will be able to attend Congress meetings, focus groups and the AGM – have your say and ask questions.
You will be able to take part in research to make improvements in the quality of life for older people.
Just one or two Interesting Facts
Sheffield has a higher proportion of 65-85s than Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds or Bristol.
It has more over 50s than under 24s, a third of the population being over 50.
Nationally, the fastest growing group is the over 80s which accounts for 4.5% of the population.
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