Service of Celebration for 50 Years of Charity Work with Older People


A service will be held in Sheffield Cathedral at 7.30pm (to be seated by 7pm) on Monday 30 October 2017 to celebrate 50 years work of the city’s leading older people’s charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC).

Sheffield residents are encouraged to come along and show their support celebrating 50 years work of the city’s leading older people’s charity, Sheffield Churches Council for Community Care (SCCCC) at a 7.30pm service at Sheffield Cathedral on Monday 30 October.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu will be guest of honour on the night, and will speak as part of the service.  It promises to be a moving occasion, which will see ten valued SCCCC supporters light a flame in memory of past volunteers and service users.

Staff, supporters, volunteers and service users are amongst those already signed up to attend - and now local residents are being invited to join the celebrations around what is often cited as one of the city’s great unsung causes.

Mark Storey, Chief Executive Officer at SCCCC said: “We would be thrilled if the people of Sheffield, whether they have heard about our work before or not, would turn out in force and help us to celebrate what we have achieved in the past 50 years.

“More than anything else, the service in the Cathedral will provide a fitting opportunity to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of our incredible volunteers. They are the heart and most important part of our work and generously give their time and energy, enabling us to provide much needed help to older people in Sheffield for more than five decades.”

The Archbishop of York said, “The Celebration Service offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with all those who work and volunteer with SCCCC, in their own words, ‘to provide older people with a helping hand when they need it most’.  It is always a pleasure and an encouragement to hear of those that give freely of their time and resources to help others.  Anything that helps to prevent loneliness and isolation amongst older people is to be celebrated, and I look forward to joining others to do just that.”

The event completes an extra special year for SCCCC after it was named winners of the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. The honour is given to local volunteer groups in recognition of outstanding work done in their own communities and just a handful of South Yorkshire organisations have ever received this royal recognition.


SCCCC was set up in October 1966 by church members of all denominations from across Sheffield, but has today expanded to support older people of different faiths and secular groups from across the city.

It thrives on its strong community links and works alongside the council, NHS and all church denominations to achieve its mission of improving the wellbeing of older people in Sheffield.