Silver Sunday started as a tea dance as a way of tackling loneliness and isolation for older people. It is now a nationally recognised day celebrating older people and their contribution to society.
At Brendoncare, we are all about celebrating our fabulous community of older people on a daily basis. Whether it’s creating exciting activities in our homes, like our recent Brendoncare Games, or launching our new Brendoncare Membership, we are constantly embracing different ways of tackling isolation and loneliness in society.
Over the last 18 months, we have had to be innovative in our approach to keeping connected. Our homes and clubs have adapted, and it’s been heart-warming to see new connections created in the most challenging times. At Brendoncare Stildon, residents have been chatting to local girl Lily who has been keeping their spirits up over Zoom. With things beginning to open up more, we were able to take some of our residents from Brendoncare Knightwood on a trip to the seaside for some fresh air and fish and chips! Activities like this tackle social isolation and loneliness by getting people out into the community and enjoying a day out with friends.
Our community services provide friendship and a wide variety of activities such as kurling competitions, singing groups and exercise classes and includes a support service. During the pandemic, we adapted our service as our face to face clubs closed, and we started running online clubs through Zoom. This was completely new to not only our club members but also our team! It took time and patience (on both sides!), but we got them up and running. You can read about the difference they made to member Gwen. We are continuing to open even more clubs, so keep checking our community clubs page for more information.
This Silver Sunday, our homes will be hosting a ‘grand Sunday roast’ for residents. In a celebration of togetherness, our staff and residents will be swapping stories and enjoying each others company over a three-course lunch.
Across Brendoncare, we strive to tackle social isolation every day through our clubs, telephone support service and within our homes. You can find out more about how we support our communities here: https://www.brendoncare.org.uk/community