Sheffield tutors clock up 52 years teaching the elderly

L - R: Jenny King and Shirley Ellins, who between them have dedicated more than half a century to teaching the city's older community.

L - R: Jenny King and Shirley Ellins, who between them have dedicated more than half a century to teaching the city's older community.

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Two volunteer tutors who between them have spent more than half a century teaching Sheffield’s older residents have been thanked for their efforts.

Age UK Sheffield’s Lifelong Learning programme has been staffed by Shirley Ellins and Jenny King for 52 years in total, with the two women providing history and literature lessons to adults.

The programme provides discussion and learning groups for the over 50s to help them meet socialise and learn new things.

The tutors, who have retired from their volunteer roles, are both former teachers.

Manager Steve Wylie said: “We are so sad to see Shirley and Jenny leave - we know what a difference their classes make to our members, allowing them to meet new people, learn and share ideas and thoughts in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

“The popularity of these sessions is entirely down to these two extraordinary women who have provided enjoyable discussion groups and engaging lectures for more than 50 years between them – outstanding dedication and commitment to our city’s older community that we are so grateful for.”

Shirley, who has volunteered for the programme since 1987, said: “It is so important that people of our age keep on learning, leave the house and meet other people – the social impact has been enormous.”

Age UK Sheffield is calling for new volunteers to get involved.

Call 0114 2502850.