For the third year running the Marble Arch Community Programme took part in Silver Sunday, with events on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October 2020. Silver Sunday is a national campaign designed to tackle isolation and loneliness, as well celebrate the contribution of the elderly. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Silver Sunday 2020 was a little different than previous years with several virtual activities split over two afternoons. This year’s events were run in collaboration with students from Hampden Gurney C of E Primary School and Halcyon International School. In total, 25 guests were treated to two hours’ worth of music, fun and conversation.
Our first event was kicked off by 10 students from Hampden Gurney’s school choir. Guests were treated to renditions of Beatles classics ‘Let it Be’, ‘When I am 64’ and Wizard of Oz favourite ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. The virtual concert was then followed by a quiz hosted by the Marble Arch Community Team. Quiz rounds focused on famous songs and musicians from the 1950’s and 60s.
The second part of the festivities were held on Friday and were facilitated by sixth form students from Halcyon International School. Three student volunteers led a special Silver Sunday themed Telephone Discussion Group for five Neighbourcare service users. Discussion topics included ‘How does age change your perspective?’ and ‘How do you think the world has changed since you were a teenager’?
A huge thank you to Hampden Gurney and Halcyon International School for all their fantastic Silver Sunday efforts.
If you would be interested in supporting senior members of the local community, or signing up for Silver Sunday 2021, please contact our Community Team.