Tackling Loneliness in South Derbyshire’s Older Community

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, has lent her support to the Simon Milton Foundation’s, Silver Sunday, a national event celebrating older people which is due to take place on Sunday, 6th October 2019.

Open to local groups, organisations, businesses and communities in South Derbyshire, the aim of Silver Sunday is to get people to come together to tackle loneliness in older people.

Silver Sunday is a special day in the national calendar when everyone can come together to celebrate older people: a day in the nation’s hearts where older people feel valued and are given new opportunities to get out, keep their minds and bodies active, learn new skills, make new friends and connect with the communities and generations around them. It is a chance for organisations already working with older people to showcase what they do as well as a chance for anyone to make new connections with local older residents. Last year there were 1000 free events nationwide and this year it is hoped that there will be 2000 events reaching 100,000 older people.

If you are interested in running an event then visit the Silver Sunday website (https://silversunday.org.uk/) for more information and resources including guides, logos, templates, social media ideas and more.

Silver Sunday will also happily register local events on their National Map but you need to register with them to do so at the following link (https://silversunday.org.uk/organisers/submit-event/).

Mrs Wheeler said:

“I am really pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause in Silver Sunday.

Loneliness is now being increasingly recognised as a factor in more serious health conditions but it is something that we can so easily remedy.

Whether you are a local group, business or community in South Derbyshire, please do consider putting an event on this October. While Silver Sunday is taking place on 6th October, you can hold an event any time during the month and there is plenty of support available directly from the Simon Milton Foundation.”


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