A photo of the exterior of Roman Ridge retirement living scheme.

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Sheffield retirement living scheme tackles loneliness with fun and games

16 March 2018

A Sheffield housing community for older people is inviting the local community in for bingo, chairobics, craft sessions and coffee mornings in a bid to tackle social isolation.

Sanctuary’s Roman Ridge retirement living scheme, on Lavender Way, is holding the weekly activities both as part of its regular events calendar for residents, but also as a way of addressing loneliness in the wider local area.

It’s hoped that the range of activities will offer something for everyone while providing a way for people to make new friends.

A photo of the exterior of Roman Ridge retirement living scheme. Sanctuary Retirement Living's Roman Ridge scheme in Sheffield.

Visitors can choose from bingo (6pm every Monday and Saturday, plus 2pm Wednesdays); coffee mornings (10.30am Tuesdays and Thursdays); chairobics (2pm each Tuesday); Tai Chi (every Wednesday at 10.30am) and craft groups (2pm every Thursday).

Craft sessions cost £1.50 including refreshments and biscuits, with a £1 discount if visitors bring their own materials.

Tai Chi classes cost £3, chairobics sessions are priced at £2 and bingo tickets start from 20p per ticket, with bulk discounts available.

All proceeds from the event go into the Roman Ridge residents’ activities fund.

Activities co-ordinator Janet Axelby said: “We’re lucky in that we’re able to offer a range of different activities for our residents and we wanted to make the most of the opportunities that provides.

“Over half of all people over the age of 75 live alone* and that can lead to real loneliness among a great many people. These activities mean it doesn’t have to be that way.

“We’d encourage anyone to come along and join in – our residents are very welcoming and this is a chance to do something you might already enjoy or try something new and make new friends.”


* Victor et al (2003) Loneliness, Social Isolation and Living Alone in Later Life

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