Earlier this month, over 50 people from across Carmarthenshire, aged from 52 to 92 years, put on their glad rags for a Sunday roast served at Carmarthen’s newly opened extra care scheme Catreff Cynnes (translates to ‘warm hearty home’ in English.) The extra care scheme is designed to be part of the community and local people are encouraged to use the facilities alongside tenants. Following a delicious lunch, Llanelli’s very own soul singer Leroy ‘Badboy’ Brown sang songs by request – covering classics such as Barry White, The Temptations and Shirley Bassey.
Spice teams in Carmarthenshire organised the event, joining in the UK-wide celebrations for Silver Sunday, an annual celebration of older people and their contribution to communities, set up through the Sir Simon Milton Foundation.
“The concept of Silver Sunday lunch get-together to celebrate Older Person’s Day each year is not just silver, it’s golden. It was a lovely meal at Cartref Cynnes and Leroy’s soul songs from the fifties and sixties reminded us all of previous good times. Singing and laughing are the best therapy!” said attendee Lis Duffy.
The lunch was organised in partnership with Carmarthenshire Time Credits and as part of Spice’s ‘It’s Our Time’ project, which seeks to reduce the effects of loneliness and isolation for older people across Wales. Wales has the highest population of older people in the UK, and there is an increasing body of evidence to show that the level of social interaction is a key determinant of older people’s health and well-being.
“It was lovely to see people laughing, clapping, and reminiscing together. Music not only arouses memories of the past, but feelings of the past, and it was great to share that with those who came along to celebrate Silver Sunday with us,” said Moishe Merry, Spice project manager.
Attendees gave four Time Credits each to attend the Silver Sunday event, which was fully booked within a week of promotion! Some fantastic volunteers from across the region and beyond also really helped us to make the day a success. Time Credits encourage people to get more involved in their local community by giving their time. From our latest impact report, 81% of participants in Time Credits report an improved quality of life, 58% feel healthier and 60% say their levels of social contact have increased.
Spice has already received requests and offers of help for next year’s Silver Sunday Celebrations!
If you want further information about Time Credits or the ‘It’s Our Time’ project please contact Moishe Merry