This month we’re celebrating Silver Sunday, which took place over the weekend, on Sunday 07 October. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the occasion, Silver Sunday is an annual event that recognises and celebrates the contribution of older generations in making a difference to their local communities, the inspiration behind my latest piece.
With more than a third of people over 75 admitting that they feel lonely, we would like to highlight the ways that volunteering can be a great way to combat isolation, while making a huge difference to worthy causes, including our own, right across the UK.
Many of us will work for most of our lives and will be able to appreciate the importance of having a routine and feeling valued for the contributions that we make to our society. It is understandable then that as people enter retirement, they can become increasingly cut off from society and feel that they are no longer playing an active part in their communities.
As many of you will know, we are proud to run one of the largest residential volunteering programmes of any UK charity, welcoming thousands of volunteers of all ages each year. In many ways our volunteers are our magic ingredient – helping to create the lively and welcoming atmosphere that so many of our guests have come to know and love all year round.
Volunteers like Christine, a regular volunteer at Revitalise Sandpipers:
“I’m 73 years old and have been volunteering for the past 11 years since my husband died. I live on the Welsh borders and make the journey to Sandpipers a few times a year. I enjoy the companionship of meeting with old friends I’ve got to know over the years. It’s good to stay active. I’m glad to be able to give something back to the community through volunteering with Revitalise. “
For all that our volunteers give to support our guests and make a difference to our charity; we aim to ensure that they gain just as much in return. Whether that’s meeting new people and making new friends, or simply spending time in the company of others while making a difference to the lives of the disabled people and carers that we support, there are so many ways that you can make a difference, while doing something that you enjoy.
I’d like to end by saying a huge thank you to each and every one of the wonderful volunteers of all ages who spend time with us every year to make a difference to the lives of the people that we support. And if you would like to join them, we’d love to have you!
Simply visit the Volunteer section of our website or call our friendly Volunteer Team on: 0303 303 0163.