Silver Sunday returns to celebrate older people

Published Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A host of events will take place across the borough on Sunday 5 October.

Silver Sunday is a nationwide celebration of older people, helping to showcase the activities they enjoy, while offering opportunities to learn new skills or take up new activities.

The event is held annually on the Sunday nearest to 1 October, which is the annual UK Older People's Day and the UN International Day of Older Persons.

Wide range of events 

IT sessions for older people are among the events that will be put on by GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited), which manages leisure services and libraries on behalf of the Royal Borough. These will be at Eltham Library as part of a technology day from 10am to 4pm, which will include a Twitter workshop for those wishing to explore or gain confidence in the use of social media.

At Plumstead Library, there will be a crafts day from 10am to 4pm, where people will have the chance to try the latest craze – making a loom bracelet. There is also a special session of the regular Knit and Natter group.

Elsewhere, GLL's Academy of Performing Arts at the Royal Arsenal Woolwich will host a special celebratory tea dance, from 2pm to 4.30pm, featuring live music, guided ballroom dancing and free refreshments.

Local community organisations are once again closely involved in this year's events, with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich inviting proficient knitters to show off their skills before joining them all together to decorate the Age UK resource centre in Eltham with crocheted creations. Knitters are encouraged to sew the bobble hat pattern (available to view at and take them to the centre in Sherard Road. Then they will be stitched together between 1pm to 3pm on Silver Sunday.

Events hosted by Trust Thamesmead at the Link Centre include a history exhibition, arts and crafts workshop, IT training and beauty therapy.

Year-round activities for older people

Councillor David Gardner, the Royal Borough's Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "Our libraries, leisure centres and community groups offer important year-round opportunities for older people to stay active and to become involved in social events. It's good to see them offering a diverse activity programme to mark Silver Sunday this year."

For more information on the events visit the Better website or call 020 8921 3452.

See full details of the Silver Sunday 2014 programme

For more information about the national Silver Sunday initiative, visit