More than 50 Greenfields residents enjoyed a party with old friends and new at a fun event aimed at tackling loneliness.
Silver Sunday is a national initiative, celebrated this year on Sunday 7 October, which gives people the chance to keep active in body and spirit, try new things, meet their neighbours and, ultimately, overcome loneliness.
The Greenfields event took place at The Mulberries older person’s scheme in Braintree a couple of days early, last Friday. It included a chair-based exercise taster session, a speaker from Age UK about the services they provide – such as ‘Home Help’ – and the opportunity for residents to learn about support available to them from Greenfields, which is tailored to their needs and aims to help them to stay safe and independent in their homes. The event was open to any Greenfields residents aged 65 and over, and any resident in our Housing for Older People schemes, available for anyone aged 55 or over.
Katie Behan, Greenfields’ Housing for Older People Manager, said: “It’s proven that being lonely is damaging to both physical and mental health. We love any opportunity to bring our residents together and share a cuppa and a cake with them. Many of our schemes have social events, such as Fish and Chip Fridays or trips to the coast, and we encourage them to do this as we know there are so many benefits.”
Feedback from residents who came along included “smashing time”, “great day, great staff” and “great meeting, and good to see so many turn up.”
Find out about Greenfields Housing for Older People here: Housing for older people
We’re currently looking for volunteers to lead our chair-based exercise classes. No experience is necessary, training is provided and there are many proven physical and mental benefits for both leaders and those who attend the classes. Find out more here: Wanted: volunteers to lead life-changing exercise classes