Hundreds of free events and activities for people aged 65 and over will be taking place across the country marking the sixth annual Silver Sunday. This year it takes places on Sunday 1st October, the same day as the United Nation’s International Day for Older People.
The national day to celebrate older people started in Westminster in 2012, led by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation and is now a national event, with more than 100 organisations joining in.
In 2016, more than 600 free Silver Sunday events and activities for people aged 65+ took place across the UK, including: tea parties, walking tours, cooking classes, ballet workshops, theatre shows, and walking football.
How does Silver Sunday help to Tackle Loneliness Amongst the Elderly?
Attending a Silver Sunday event can be the first step for many older people to get out, make friends, and try something new. As well as giving them confidence, it also encourages them to stay mentally and physically active, learn new skills, and ensure they feel they are a valued part of their community.
By helping them to access existing local services, we can also help connect more vulnerable older people with other organisations and community groups to provide additional support where needed.
Of the guests who attended a Silver Sunday event last year:
- 38% said that they rarely got out of the house and Silver Sunday helped them
- 43% attended a Silver Sunday event for the first time
- 84% felt part of their community as a result of Silver Sunday
- 97% found new services and want to find out more about them
- 100% enjoyed the activity or event they attended
The day also offers a chance to raise awareness about of isolation and loneliness amongst the elderly, as well as an opportunity to help promote some of the fantastic work that is already being done to help combat the problem.
Our long-term goal is to turn it into a national day matching Mothering Sunday and Fathers’ Day, establishing it in the national consciousness as a day when we think about older people, celebrate their contribution to their communities and help them.
“We have Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, so why not Silver Sunday celebrating older people? We know a third of older people are extremely lonely and never go out. It’s a terrible problem.” – The Lady Flight, founder of Silver Sunday
How you can get Involved:
- Organise Silver Sunday events in your local area. The possibilities are endless – a fashion show, a cheese and wine evening, dancing lessons – it just needs to be free, fun and social! There are lots more ideas for activities on our website.
- Do you already offer or know about activities for older people which will be taking place in October? Let us know and we’ll help promote them.
Tip! Silver Sunday events aren’t limited to the 1st October – activities can take place around that date too.
- Register your events on our website.
- Promote Silver Sunday to individuals and other organisations (private, voluntary and public) and ask them to put on free events for older people, or simply write a card or deliver a cake
- Share with older people you know or work with, and direct them to our website to see which events are offered in their local area
- Follow us on social media (#SilverSundayUK) and include us in your newsletters or blogs
For further information contact Lucinda Hurrey on 020 7641 3609 or firstname.lastname@example.org.