The Community Programme has spent the month of October celebrating our older community, hosting ten events to mark ten years of Silver Sunday.
Guests and volunteers looking fabulous in party hats!
IQVIA cooking up at storm at the Cook & Eat Lunch
Silver Sunday launched in Westminster in 2012 as a campaign to reduce loneliness and isolation and has grown into a successful, nationwide programme of events for older people.
Volunteers' hard work preparing venues with balloons, bunting and beautiful plants paid off with smiles all round.
Our Silver Sunday celebrations in numbers
- Fifty older people have enjoyed delicious 3-course lunches thanks to our volunteer chefs from IQVIA and Takeda. One guest at the lunch on 7 October announced it was the best bowl of soup he’d eaten in his 90 years!
- Over 80 local residents tucked into afternoon tea and tired their luck on the tombola at Penfold Community Hub’s annual garden party
- Volunteers from five corporate partners joined forces to help host a Birthday party for 15 members of Neighbourcare, complete with party hats, bunting, balloons and a Birthday cake
- Our volunteer quiz masters from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Sony Pictures have prepared 110 questions, testing general knowledge and sharing trivia with attendees
- The seven regular members of our telephone discussion group enjoyed meeting our most regular call hosts in person for the first time, after two years speaking to one another over the phone!
- Colleagues from Sony learnt the lingo of Bingo as they hosted two competitive games as part of the annual Open Age dance-a-thon
In partnership with Notting Hill Genesis we were thrilled to welcome the The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Hamza Taouzzale, to join in the garden party celebrations at Penfold Community Hub on Wednesday 28 September. This open-access event was being held for the first-time since 2019. A fantastic team from Vodafone spent the morning hanging bunting, planting pansies and preparing refreshments, before the guest of honor and other party attendees arrived. The Vodafone volunteers worked tirelessly to support Penfold members to run tombola, craft and Fairtrade stalls as well as a very popular raffle, raising over £865 for the charity.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster meets some of the garden party hosts from Vodafone
Whilst our Silver Sunday celebrations may have come to an end, the coming weeks will see us back in many of these spaces with teams of volunteer elves and fairies; helping to decorate care homes for Christmas, host parties and festive-themed lunches in community centres and deliver Christmas card decorating workshops. Our diary for December is almost full, but if you would like further information about how you and your colleagues could get involved with the Community Programme in 2023, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to work with you.