Local MP, Michael Gove, has just written to care homes across Surrey Heath to encourage them to take part in Silver Sunday on 1 October 2023 by organising an event to bring older residents together.
Silver Sunday on 1 October aims to combat loneliness by providing a packed schedule of free events for older people to try something new and meet new 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, Lady Christabel Flight 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.”
“I am proud to be supporting Silver Sunday, which does so much to help combat loneliness and provide older people with 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. I have recently written to care homes in Surrey Heath to encourage them to take part in this important event, supporting older people who have contributed so much and enrich our society.”
Find out more about events and activities taking place across the country at silversunday.org.uk.