Are you celebrating Silver Sunday?

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Silver Sunday on 6th October is a day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK, celebrating the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities.

In Essex it’ll be the launch of a month of events and ideas encouraging all of us to get to know our older neighbours better and try out new things together, whether that’s having a sing song, sharing our skills or enjoying a chat over a cup of tea. It’s about creating opportunities for contact and, ultimately, combating loneliness.

As the My Home Life Essex Community Association’s prime aim is to improve the quality of life for people living in residential care homes across Essex, we warmly welcome Silver Sunday and see it as an opportunity for local groups and organisations to connect with their local care homes and make new friends. Also, it’s a chance for individuals to think about what they might be able to do to support a resident who may no longer be able to live independently but, for example, still has hobbies and interests that they’d like to pursue.

Silver Sunday invites everyone to get involved and please visit the website to find out more and register your event. You’ll see that celebrities like Sir Cliff Richard, Joanna Lumley and Sir Terry Wogan are supporting the day and if we all get involved it’ll mean so much to many older people.

We’d love to hear how you’re making a difference on 6th October so if you live, work or are a volunteer in an Essex care home do get in touch with us.

If you’d like to find out more about getting to know a care home in your neighbourhood and how you can support the residents then contact Debbie Tanner, or call her on 0845 017 1095 for an informal chat.

Participation in Silver Sunday is also being encouraged by Age UK Essex, Essex County Council and CSV (Community Service Volunteers) in Essex, among others.