A very special day in the calendar, hundreds of care homes and organisations will be celebrating older people on Sunday 3rd October
Held annually on the first Sunday in October, Silver Sunday is the national day for older people. Started as a response to social isolation and loneliness among our older population and now in its tenth year, it is a special day in the national calendar, when everyone can come together to put older people at the heart of their community. This year it takes place on (and around) Sunday 3 October 2021. Last year, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, an enthusiastic supporter, said: “As a member of Silver Sunday’s target audience, I can honestly say that it is a completely brilliant initiative!”
Since it first began in 2012, hundreds of care providers across the country have put on tea parties, craft activities, virtual sing-a-longs, yoga classes, poetry readings and much more in support of the big day. Part of the biggest celebration of older people in the country, these events bring huge amounts of joy to residents. They are also an opportunity to showcase what care homes offer and welcome their local communities to see the work care home staff do every day supporting older people.
“We are always thrilled with the way care homes bring Silver Sunday to life. The imagination and care that goes in to creating such lovely events is wonderful to see. During this dreadful pandemic, care homes in particular have had such a horrendous time. They desperately need something happy and uplifting to look forward to. We therefore strongly encourage as many care homes as possible to get involved and if possible welcome in their local communities. The residents will love it and it is such fun for everyone taking part.” – Christabel Flight, Silver Sunday Founder
The team behind Silver Sunday are encouraging care homes across the UK to be a part of this national initiative. Silver Sunday is an opportunity to build lasting relationships with their local communities. This could include civic leaders, MPs, charities, entertainers and performers, schools, and youth organisations such as Scouts (who have their own Silver Sunday badge) and Guiding groups.