On Sunday 2 October, Sanctuary Care’s care homes will be hosting tea dances for its residents and guests from their local communities.
Silver Sunday is a national day celebrating older people, where local communities and organisations host free events to help combat loneliness and reduce isolation. It was started four years ago by Westminster City Council and the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, an organisation which supports disadvantaged young people and isolated older people in the city.
The increasing popularity of the event has been incredible and it has now become a national day, with almost 600 events taking place across the country last year.
2016 is the first year that Sanctuary Care has taken part in Silver Sunday and it is the first large care home group to fully support the event, with all of its 69 care homes hosting tea dances between 2pm and 4pm.
To announce its support it invited Councillor Christabel Flight, Older Person’s Champion for Westminster City Council and Founder of Silver Sunday along to its Athlone House Nursing Home in Westminster last week, where the residents showed her the vintage head pieces they have been making to wear for their 1920s themed Silver Sunday event.
Sanctuary Care’s Director of Care Operations Stephen Rees said: “We are enormously proud to be championing Silver Sunday this year – hosting simultaneous tea dances across all of our homes is a first for us.
“Our ethos is keeping kindness at the heart of our care, so we are delighted to be backing an event which extends kindness and care to older people in our local communities, welcoming them into our homes to share a very special day with our residents and teams.”
Speaking about Sanctuary Care’s support for Silver Sunday Lady Flight said: “We’re delighted that Sanctuary Care is joining the hundreds of organisations across the UK to celebrate Silver Sunday and make a difference to the lives of older people on 2nd October. You’re never too old to try something new and I hope that everyone in our care homes will take this opportunity to create new and special memories.”
There will be a variety of themes for Sanctuary Care’s events including 1950s rock n’ roll, swinging sixties, vintage 1920s, roaring 1940s and Strictly Come Dancing inspired occasions.
Each of the events will have live music to accompany the theme, with residents, staff and the homes dressed to look the part.
There will also be a specially created high tea menu for the chefs in each home to follow, which has been put together especially for the occasion by its hospitality team, with a variety of finger sandwiches and cakes for residents and visitors to enjoy.