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Silver Sunday continues to be a big hit with Westminster older residents

The Lord Mayor attended different events such as bingo and seated as part of this year’s Silver Sunday activities for the over 65 community.

The Lord Mayor sitting in a row of residents taking part in a seated dance routine

Aimed at tackling loneliness and isolation in elderly residents, Silver Sunday began with a tour of care homes by the Chelsea Ballet. Councillors and residents were treated to five performances as part of the special showcase.

The annual initiative is organised by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, in partnership with Westminster City Council, and gives residents the chance to visit the some of the borough’s most famous attractions and try out new activities. From a dementia friendly concert to history tours at ZLS London Zoo and walking tours of central London, there was something for everyone spread across the city. Events continue throughout October offering older Westminster residents the chance to keep their minds and bodies active.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr Patricia McAllister joined in a dance show and tea at The Wallace Collection. She heard their stories seeing how important it was to bring the different generations together. They shared how serious loneliness can be and how important it is for people of all ages to ensure they still feel like a valued part of the community.

With events still taking place, there is still a chance to get involved activities to meet new people and try something different. More information can be found on the Silver Sunday Website.

Fellicia, Home Manager at Norton Care House said:

Anticipation for Silver Sunday was high all week and you could see how excited the residents were during the ballet performances. Our residents always look forward to the activities and it was lovely to see them reminisce.

We must not forget these residents are such an important part of the community so having the council put on events, for those who are unable to leave the home means so much.”

Matthew Sykes, Chief Executive of The Sir Simon Milton Foundation said:

Silver Sunday is a wonderful way of encouraging older people in the City to try something new and meet new people.  The tour by Chelsea Ballet of Westminster’s care homes was a very special way to bring Silver Sunday into people’s homes.  We are so grateful to the Council for their support for Silver Sunday and to the Lord Mayor in particular for giving up her time on a Sunday to visit so many of our events in Westminster.”

The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Patricia McAllister said:

For those residents who are unable to get out and about, isolation is a very real issue. Events like this are so important in connecting generations and making sure nobody is left behind.

Over the weekend I have been fortunate enough to meet so many brilliant people enjoying themselves around our city. We are lucky that so many interesting people call Westminster home.”

Residents sitting at tables as the Lord Mayor calls out the numbers in a game of bingo

Published: 4 October 2023