Silver Sunday Celebrations

Published: 22/05/2019

Claire Sweeney and John Thomson meet a party of 10 older people from the Richmond Borough hosted by Bluebird Care Richmond and Twickenham

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Claire Sweeney and John Thomson meet a party of 10 older people from the Richmond Borough hosted by Bluebird Care (Richmond and Twickenham)

Claire Sweeney and John Thomson met up with a group of Richmond residents after the matinee of September in the Rain at Richmond Theatre .

On Wednesday 2nd October 2013, Bluebird Care (Richmond and Twickenham) took a group of Richmond residents to Richmond Theatre to watch Claire Sweeney and John Thomson in  September in the Rain. After the show , Claire and John came out to meet the group to support  Silver Sunday: a national initiative to celebrate older people and raise awareness about loneliness amongst older people.

Director of Bluebird Care (Richmond & Twickenham), Maria Leonard said,
 
We were keen to get involved with Silver Sunday because we provide care to a lot of people over 65 in our community.  We understand that sometimes our care workers are the only people they see all day and they can get quite lonely. We were delighted to that Claire and John joined us after the show – it made it a day to remember."
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Singing Workshop, Tea Party and Andy Baddeley
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50 people older people from the Richmond Borough attended a free singing workshop and tea party, hosted by Bluebird Care (Richmond and Twickenham) and  Age UK (Richmond) this weekend.

Andy Baddeley, local Olympian and GB 1500m champion attended the event, led by Ronnie Scott regular Shireen Francis, with Cllr Frances Bouchier, Richmond council champion for older residents drawing the raffle in aid of Age UK (Richmond)

On Saturday 5th October 2013, Bluebird Care (Richmond and Twickenham) held a Singing Workshop and Tea at Age UK Richmond Centre at Barnes Green to celebrate Silver Sunday and raise awareness about loneliness amongst older people.

Managing Director of Bluebird Care (Richmond & Twickenham), David Mitchell said,
 
We were keen to get involved with Silver Sunday because we provide care to a lot of people over 65 in our community.  We understand that sometimes our care workers are the only people they see all day and they can get quite lonely.

We were delighted to join with Age UK (Richmond) at their lively centre in Barnes Green to hold this event in the build up to  Silver Sunday to help raise combat loneliness amongst older people and to give them the opportunity to get out of the house, do something different and meet new people."
This event follows on from Bluebird Care’s national launch of their Silver Sunday support in Westminster on Tuesday 24th September, where they were joined by the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Sarah Richardson, Lady Christabel Flight, who launched Silver Sunday last year and special guests, the Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

Lady Flight, who is Westminster City Council’s Older People’s Champion said,
 
I am thrilled Bluebird Care has chosen to support this initiative by hosting a range of activities throughout the UK, which has raised the profile hugely.Silver Sunday is a celebration of older people and an opportunity to recognize their valuable contributions to our communities.”
Last year, there were 19 Silver Sunday events around Westminster.  This year, with the focus on Silver Sunday being more of a national initiative, Bluebird Care alone held over 40 events around the UK.
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