Rosalind Eve is chief executive of Age UK Sheffield. She has lived in the city since 1976 when she came from the University of Lancaster to train as a nurse. She left nursing to run the Independent Bookshop, going on to work for the health service, supporting the work of Sheffield GPs for many years. Rosalind is passionate about working with and for older people, dedicating her recent career to developing the services for older people, especially those with memory loss, sensory impairment or limited mobility.
I live in the north west of the city which is an area I love. My house has a fabulous outlook – trees, roofs and lights in people’s homes. In winter, the twinkle of lights is like an advent calendar. The area is within spitting distance of both the city centre and the countryside and has a real sense of community which is very important to me. I can’t imagine wanting to live anywhere else. My first home in Sheffield was in Pitsmoor. I was there when the old steel industry was in full swing. I think the sound of a hammer used to lull me to sleep. Was it a hammer? I never did find out. Pitsmoor is home to people who come from all over the world. Its cultural and ethnic diversity is something special.
Age UK Sheffield’s shop and offices are on Castle Square, with its hustle and bustle of shoppers and workers. Public transport can get you to just about anywhere else in the city, and is a great spot to nip out for a browse in the shops and street markets or to meet friends for coffee or lunch in one of the cafes. It’s a real privilege working for Age UK Sheffield. Sheffield’s older population is growing. So many people think this is a problem – I don’t! Older people are just people that have lived a while longer than younger people. Older people have loads of experience and are Sheffield’s biggest resource. I am really proud of the way Age UK Sheffield’s staff, volunteers and student social workers on placement challenge low aspirations and make a real difference, so people live life to the full, irrespective of their age, physical or mental well-being.
Bernard Street/Talbot Street
My work has taken me all over the city. These two streets have a fantastic panoramic view across the city centre and showcase Sheffield’s hills and trees. If I was a painter, which I’m not, I’d want to capture this view over and over again.
Hagg Lane allotments
My allotment is not exactly relaxing. In fact, it’s really hard work. I wish I could spend more of my time there. It’s my bolt hole. I’m very much a beginner and there’s so much to learn. Growing vegetables is much easier than I expected it to be, although the slugs have a voracious appetite. But I’m sticking with it. The Growing a Healthy Older Population research programme last year showed that allotment and community gardening boosts self-esteem, well-being and happiness so I must be onto a good thing!
The view from Wincobank is truly extraordinary. On a clear day you can see from Doncaster right the way round to Owler Bar. If you want the best place to watch fireworks night, Wincobank is where you’ll find it. The switch from sodium lights to LED lights is going to make a big difference. I guess it’ll be easier to see the stars.
Theatres, drama and performance have always been an important part of my family. Most of my family have been on the stage at some point or another. My cousin, a musician, has performed many times at the Crucible. Another cousin recently performed as part of the Tramlines festival. The lights in the paving of Tudor Square never fail to get me excited and the performances rarely disappoint. The recent production of West Side Story was brilliant. With a meal at Piccolinos beforehand, it made a fabulous birthday treat. Even the big snooker screen can hook me in, and I hardly know anything about snooker.
I love the industrial history, especially the bridges and the wrought ironwork. There is nothing more enjoyable than a walk by the canal, or even a run... taking care not to disturb the fishermen, of course! For many years the canal was neglected. Sometimes it would look yellow or orange as a result of industrial waste. It’s great that it’s been cleaned up and the wildlife is back. Watching a neglected area brought back to life is fascinating.