Sil­ver Sun­day cel­e­bra­tion

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

RECOG­NIS­ING the value of older gen­er­a­tions this Sil­ver Sun­day

This month we are cel­e­brat­ing Sil­ver Sun­day, an an­nual oc­ca­sion that recog­nises and cel­e­brates the con­tri­bu­tion of older gen­er­a­tions in mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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. I

t 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.

With more than a third of peo­ple over 75 ad­mit­ting that they feel lonely, I’d like to tell your read­ers how vol­un­teer­ing can be a great way to com­bat iso­la­tion while mak­ing a huge dif­fer­ence to wor­thy causes, just like our own, all across the UK.

I work for Re­vi­talise – an amaz­ing char­ity that pro­vides respite hol­i­days for dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers at Ju­bilee Lodge, our respite hol­i­day cen­tre in Chig­well, Es­sex.

We are proud to run the largest res­i­den­tial vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme of any UK char­ity, wel­com­ing thou­sands of vol­un­teers of all ages to spend time with our char­ity each year.

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.

And, no mat­ter what their mo­ti­va­tion for spend­ing time with us, there is al­ways the op­por­tu­nity to meet new peo­ple, make new friends and make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of the dis­abled peo­ple and car­ers that we sup­port.

If you would like to find out more about Re­vi­talise or if you’re in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer please visit: www.re­vi­talise.org.uk or call our vol­un­teer team on: 0303 303 0163. Stephanie Stone, Re­vi­talise www.re­vi­talise.org.uk

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