Free activities for elderly across Waveney as part of Silver Sunday

Norfolk libraries have been praised for their project to help elderly people feel less isolated. Pic

Norfolk libraries have been praised for their project to help elderly people feel less isolated. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

An annual celebration of the older people in our communities is taking place this weekend.

Silver Sunday, on Sunday, October 1, aims to raise awareness of the social isolation which affects many people.

A number of free activities will be staged throughout the area as part of a national campaign to reduce loneliness.

Waveney District Council (WDC) is encouraging older residents to get involved and try something new.

Cllr Stephen Ardley, Waveney's deputy leader and cabinet member for communities said: 'As detailed in our Business Plan, we want our communities to thrive and for our older residents to feel supported, healthy and engaged.

'Silver Sunday is a great opportunity to celebrate our older people and ensure their invaluable contribution to society is not overlooked.'

He added: 'Along with partner organisations, we are working to combat social isolation and loneliness, which can have a devastating effect on people's physical and mental wellbeing.'

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WDC's leisure partner Sentinel Leisure Trust's programme of free events for older people include:

• At Bungay Pool and Gym, swimming will be available between 12pm and 2pm. (£1 is required for the lockers).

• Waterlane Leisure Centre, Lowestoft:

-Swimming 9am and 4pm (please bring £1 for the lockers)

-Badminton 10.30am – 12.30pm (£1 for equipment hire)

-Short tennis 10.30am – 2.30pm (£1 for equipment hire)

-At Dip Farm, Pitch & Put will be available between 1pm-3pm, with free hire of clubs and balls.

Lowestoft O-go-go will also be running activities at the Kirkley Centre:

• Seated exercise 1.30pm - 2.30pm

• Nordic Walking 2.30pm - 3.30pm

• Seated yoga 3pm- 4pm

• Boccia and cornhole 12pm - 4pm

• New age kurling 12pm - 4pm

• Shuffleboards 12pm - 4pm

•Silver circuit 2pm - 3pm

Residents living at WDC's sheltered housing schemes will also be taking part in Silver Sunday events.

There will be a Mad Hatters afternoon tea party at Plaisir Place, Lowestoft, on October 3 between 2pm and 4pm.

A tea and fun afternoon will also be held at Jubilee Court, Halesworth on October 10 between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Non-residents can also attend theses events free of charge.

For more information visit: silversunday.org.uk

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