A Sheffield charity celebrated its 50th years anniversary and being given the Queen’s award for Voluntary Service on Monday.
Hundreds of people gathered at Sheffield Cathedral to praise Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care’s outstanding work in helping the elderly.
The non-profit organisation has been providing a network of support for elderly people, their carers and families for the past half a century.
SCCCC works closely with statutory agencies in Sheffield and provides different services for elderly
members of the community to combat loneliness and enhance their quality of life.
Mark Storey, Chief Executive Officer at SCCCC, said: “All of us do get old, and even if we are not at that stage we all have family members, grandparents and parents, who are getting to that age and need somebody.
“I live away from home and I wish there was an organisation like this in Lancashire where my mother lives. We are quite unique in all that we do and what we do.”
The organisation supports about three and a half thousand elderly people a year, with its 97 volunteers and 12 working staff members.
Mark continued: “Tonight is about celebrating 50 years, but also celebrating receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The volunteers deserve the award because they put so much time and effort into this organisation and without them there wouldn’t be SCCCC.”
The honour is the highest award a volunteer organisation can achieve, carrying the equivalent status of an MBE.
The award recognises the work of SCCCC in providing a network of services that supplement the wide range of health and social care resources in Sheffield, including their most famous scheme ‘Good Neighbour’.
More than a hundred people attended the Service of Celebration, including the Lord Archbishop of York who praised the charity for their 50 years of serving the community.
The Lord Archbishop John Sentamu said: “Support is important but it needs to be constant, that’s why 50 years is a good celebration. It shows you have been in the helping business for a lot of time, not just yesterday.”