In the week leading up to and including Sunday 7th October 2018, organisations across the district will host a number of events for older residents. The events are part of a national day to overcome loneliness amongst older people that is held on the first Sunday in October.
Hundreds of organisations across the UK will come together to host free and low-cost events and activities on the same day or during the week of Silver Sunday. Here are a few of the events in the Braintree district:
- Friday 28th Sept – Coffee Morning at Braintree Library
- 1st October – Walk & Talk Halstead
- 2nd October – Walk & Talk Braintree
- 3rd October – Walk & Talk Witham
- 4th October – Coffee & bingo at Braintree Town Hall from 2pm – 4pm
- 7th October – Free screening of ‘Summer Holiday’ at Witham Library at 2pm
- 7th October – Tea Dance at The Hawthorns, Braintree from 3pm – 4.30pm.
Residents are invited to register for local events to try something new, meet new people and be part of the celebrations taking place across the country. Please visit www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/events/silver-Sunday for more details and ways to register.
The day aims to combat loneliness by providing a packed schedule of free events for older people. Whilst loneliness can strike at any age, older people are at greater risk. According to Age UK, more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
Silver Sunday is organised by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, a charity that works to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst older people. For one day every year, Silver Sunday provides older people an opportunity to get out of the house, try new things and meet new people as well as to find out about local services that are available throughout the year.
Silver Sunday Founder, Councillor Christabel Flight, Older Person’s Champion for Westminster City Council 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.”
Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Councillor Peter Tattersely said, “We value older people in our district and encourage an environment where everyone can feel safe and enjoy the many events, amenities and activities available. We support national days like this and so we are pleased to work with the many organisations that aim to combat loneliness and promotes accessible events for all.”
Residents are also reminded to look out for regular ‘agewell’ events which take place across the district and are advertised on the livewell website www.livewellcampaign.co.uk and Facebook pages. These include ‘agewell’ days at Fusion Leisure Centres, gentle touch fitness classes and walking football.
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Find out more about Silver Sunday events and activities taking place across the country at www.silversunday.org.uk.