We’re encouraging the people of Wales to celebrate the older generation on Silver Sunday (October 6, 2019) in a bid to combat loneliness.
On Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas we urge people to consider spending more time with their loved-ones. However, we need to be ensuring older people feel valued all year round.
How you can help
Silver Sunday is the perfect opportunity for anyone to spend quality time with elderly family members, friends or neighbours.
It could be a small gesture of popping in to say ‘hello’ and stopping for a cup of tea. Perhaps visit a National Trust site or local park for a walk or picnic.
Attend community groups or gather up a loved-one and any elderly neighbours for a get together and a natter.
We’ll be publishing a blog here with ideas of things that people can do with elderly friends, family and neighbours. We’ll also be encouraging our Facebook followers to share their pictures of what they get up to on the day.
The history of Silver Sunday
Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Westminster City Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely.
The aim was to celebrate older residents, recognise their contribution to their communities and help them meet new people.
In 2012 more than 2,000 people took part in 19 events in Westminster alone. In 2018 there were more than 1,000 events. These included walking football, art classes, tea parties, dances, tai chi and boat rides. They were attended by 50,000 older people.
The aim is to create a day where older people feel valued. To keep their minds and bodies active, learn new skills, make new friends and connect with the communities and generations around them.
The number of people aged 50 plus experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/26 according to the Campaign to End Loneliness. There are currently 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK.
The recent National Survey for Wales showed that 17% of people in Wales were lonely and 54% of people experienced some feelings of loneliness.
Loneliness is an epidemic across England and Wales. We need to make sure we are doing all we can for anyone living alone.
Days like Silver Sunday can help, and we can guarantee that whatever you do with an older person, will really brighten up their day.