In the lead up to Silver Sunday on 1 October, councillors from Westminster City Council will be visiting residential homes in the city to meet with older residents who will be taking part in events across Westminster on Sunday.
Cllr Ian Adams, Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Heather Acton, cabinet member for adult social services and public health and Cllr The Lady Christabel Flight, Older Person’s Champion and founder of Silver Sunday will be visiting five care homes, a supportive living community and Pullen Day Centre on Friday 29 September.
During the visits there will be a musical performance by St Barnabas School children and the councillors will also meet with centre volunteers to discuss the care they provide. More than 1500 Westminster residents will take part in Silver Sunday events to celebrate older people and help combat loneliness and social isolation.
The day will see over 40 free events in Westminster and more than 300 will take place across the country to give older people an opportunity to meet new people in their community. Events include learning Morse code aboard the HQA Wellington, a workshop with the English National Ballet and a Dance-a-thon hosted by Open Age. The Ben Uri Gallery will be hosting a Creative Afternoon, whilst the Chinese Community Centre will be teaching guests how to make dim sum at their open day.
Of the visits, the Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Ian Adams said: “Visits such as these are hugely humbling. It is always a privilege to meet residents across Westminster but I’m always fascinated to hear what the city means to residents who have watched it evolve. We greatly look forward to our visit.”
On Silver Sunday, the Lord Mayor added: “Whether it be an introduction to a regular session at a community centre or a one-off event at one of Westminster’s world renowned institutions, Silver Sunday is about bringing people together to make a lasting impact beyond 1October. It is a testament to the city that the legacy of Silver Sunday is now felt nationwide.”
Now in its sixth year, Silver Sunday comprises events and activities donated by businesses, organisations and volunteers across the city, many of which are run on a voluntary basis. The day is supported by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.