Vision for Our City – One Year On

One year has passed since the Sheffield Social Leaders Network joined forces and worked up its vision for the city: a city where everyone has an equal chance to lead a fulfilling life, everyone shares the benefits of economic growth, and everyone feels they can influence what happens in their life and their community. SOAR’s Partnership Manager, Ian Drayton, has reacted to the most recent update which gives insight into the 6 key areas and challenges for moving forward.

A Better Life

March 2019

A Better Life run a fortnightly social group for women aged over 50. In these sessions, participants enjoy cooking and eating lunch together, and a range of activities from exercise sessions to informal English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes. A Better Life has also been able to provide participants with specific support around finances, such as advice from Citizen’s Advice Workers, Energy Saving services, and from PWLC who have been able to help with Bus Pass applications.

Ayishah’s Story – A Better Life

March 2019

Ayishah had been widowed, which had left her feeling isolated and with a lot of anxiety about her finances and how she would cope without an income. Ayishah’s GP referred her to SOAR’s Health Trainer services to help her with her confidence surrounding these issues.

Ayishah was soon referred to A Better Life, where a Citizens Advice worker (Khatab) was able to help her to claim for PIP and Pension Credit.  The claims were successful, and Ayishah is now £90 per week better off due to her newly instated pension credit, and feels much less anxious now that she has more financial security.

FREE Family Fun Day!

All are welcome to celebrate culture in Sheffield, the ‘City of Sanctuary’. Bring your own refreshments. Football – Fitness Classes – Basketball – Arts & Crafts – Dance

Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen Lane, Sheffield S5 6AE Saturday 6th July , 11am- 3pm. FREE!

Take the 75 bus from Sheffield City Centre towards Shiregreen, get off at Bellhouse Road / Hatfield House Lane.

Age Friendly Awards Nominations Now Open!

Age UK Sheffield are very excited to be hosting their first ever annual Age Friendly Sheffield Awards Ceremony this October!

The awards are designed to reward and celebrate all the achievements and contributions of amazing local businesses, voluntary groups, communities and individuals who make Sheffield a great place to grow older and a fantastic city in which to live. It’s all part of the Age Friendly Sheffield project.

Have You Been Affected by Cancer?

Sheffield Living with and Beyond Cancer Project would like you to invite you to come and hear about how plans are progressing to improve support for people affected by cancer and tell us your views.


We would like to invite you to the next Focus Group:

Date: Wednesday 26th June

Time: 10.30am-1.30pm

Early Years Volunteers Wanted

If you are interested in working with young children and families, are friendly and have good listening skills, we have volunteer opportunities that may be just what you are looking for!

SOAR is looking to recruit volunteers who are residents, or people who have local knowledge of High Green, Firth Park and Wincobank, to offer their time to assist in Angram Bank, Firth Park and Brightside Family Centres. Induction training and support will be provided throughout your volunteer experience.

Welcome to SOAR

Here at SOAR, we are constantly evolving and changing in the pursuit of excellence. To help achieve this, our recruitment processes are about getting the right people, to fit the right posts.

We’ve had a busy month so far and are welcoming Aidan Kettleborough, Ellen Summers and Rose Batty.

Aidan Kettleborough – Employment Advisor

Getting My Steps in for Move More Month!

In celebration of #MoveMoreMonth2019, we caught up with SOARs Move More Ambassador, Julie Moore, on her lovely walk to work and why walking is so good for you!

I thought I would share my lovely walk to work this morning; these photos are on the edge of Parson Cross, showing the Trans Pennine trail route. I’m wanting to encourage everyone to get out in the fresh air and make the most of the sunshine, take note of surroundings, look up at the blue sky, smell the Lavender plant and take in the vibrant colours on my short 20-minute walk to work.