On Sunday October 3rd this year, organisations across Great Britain will host older residents at over a thousand local events ranging from afternoon teas to community singing and performances. The UK wide event is part of a national day to combat loneliness amongst older people and includes a packed schedule of events for older people to try something new and meet new people.
"Whether they be small in person events or larger virtual events (in keeping with covid restrictions), they play a vital role in supporting the well being of older residents, many of whom may live alone."
Hundreds of organisations across the UK will come together to host free and low-cost events and activities on the same day. Andrew wants older residents of West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine to be part of the celebrations and is calling on local organisations and groups to sign up for hosting an event.
"It would be fantastic to see some of our local groups and organisations arrange events here in Aberdeenshire, it would mean so much to so many elderly residents living in the area."
Over the coming weeks Andrew plans to write to dozens of local organisations, support groups, charities and care homes encouraging them to organise an event.
"We have all the information needed in the office, from information packs and guides to posters and templates for advertising the event, I and my team stand ready to assist and support any group that wants to organise something. It seems a long way off but I would encourage anyone interested to contact me now so we can get the ball rolling."
Silver Sunday is organised by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a charity that works to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people.
Silver Sunday Founder, Lady Christabel Flight said:
“Some people don’t like to admit they’re feeling lonely and Silver Sunday is a positive way to do something about it by meeting new people. You’re never too old to try something new and Silver Sunday is the perfect opportunity.”
Find out more about events and activities taking place across the country, and how to get involved at www.silversunday.org.uk or contact Andrew by email to discuss further.