Silver Sunday celebrated in style in Berwickshire

Crowd photo of people attending Silver Sunday

Published: Tuesday, 9th October 2018

This year’s Silver Sunday was celebrated with over 140 older people, families, carers, stallholders and community members coming together in the Volunteer Hall in Duns to take part in the festivities.

What is Silver Sunday?

Silver Sunday is an annual event held throughout the UK for older adults. Led by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it is a chance to acknowledge the value and knowledge older residents contribute to their local communities as well as helping to address loneliness and isolation amongst the older population.

Silver Sunday 2018

This year’s celebrations took place on the last day of the Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership’s Healthy Lives Week, being held to support the launch of the recently revised Strategic Plan.

Participants were able to enjoy a range of activities and entertainment including:

  • body boosting bingo
  • poetry
  • music

This also gave them the chance to find out more about what is available for them to take part in on a regular basis in their local communities.

Advice and information about the range of services and activities was provided by organisations incluing:

  •  Ability Borders
  • Alzheimer’s Scotland
  • Duns & District Men’s Shed 

MOT 4MEN

There was a chance to find out more about MOT 4 MEN, an innovative health self-management and screening programme that encourages men to think about their health in the same way that would maintain their car with the aim of getting them to look after themselves by having regular maintenance checks.

Support for Silver Sunday

Support for the event was provided by:

  • Farne Salmon
  • Greenvale AP
  • the White Swan
  • Foundation Scotland
  • Berwickshire Housing Association

Councillor Elaine Thornton-Nicol, Older People’s Champion

“This is a great event and one that I look forward to every year now. It is vital that we take the time to acknowledge and highlight the significant contribution that older people make to our communities and Silver Sunday is the perfect opportunity for us to do just that.

“The organisers excelled themselves this year and are to be commended for all their hard work. As always, the day was full of entertainment but also informative, a great way to bring the community of older people across the Borders together to share ideas, experiences and find out more about what is going on for them across the region.”

Further Information

  • Silver Sunday was organised by the Partnership’s Community Capacity Building Team, Duns Senior Citizens and A Heart for Duns. For more information, contact the team on phone 01835 825080 or email communitycapacity@scotborders.gov.uk
  • Images are available from our Flickr page and the Community Capacity Building team’s Facebook page
  • The Partnership’s Strategic Plan was published at the end of August – more information is available on our website.
  • Information about Silver Sunday is available on their website.