According to a recent report, more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. In response to this, the ‘Silver Sunday’ initiative was launched in 2012, by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Councillor Christabel Flight. It’s an annual day that provides free activities across the UK for elderly people. The aim is to celebrate older residents and to help them get out and about and meet new people.
The first ‘Silver Sunday’ in 2012 was a fantastic success, with over 2000 people taking part in 19 events in Westminster alone. It gained the support of Joanna Lumley, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Michael Parkinson. The following year then saw ‘Silver Sunday’ go national and the event grew significantly with over 150 events held across the country.
This year, the London Jesus Centre took part, holding a ‘Cream Tea Afternoon with Live Music and Poetry’. Ten older residents attended and another 15 volunteers made this day an enjoyable event. The volunteers contributed with scones, poems, live music, chats, coffee and cakes.
Some very talented drop-in users were among the musicians and their contribution was cheerfully received as were the poems written and read by Sue, a member of staff here at the Centre, and another friend from the drop-in. The vibe was relaxed, chatty and cheery.
At the end of the two hours, Sue gave a short talk about the London Jesus Centre and took a little party of people on a tour around it. One visitor commented: “You must be very proud of working in such a wonderful place”.
Others would like to attend future events, so we will keep in touch with them.