Cheshire Living Well Dying Well
Our Association as part of its "Happy & Healthy in Chelford" Initiative has undertaken activities with "Cheshire Living Well Dying Well" partnerships, who have delivered some fantastic craft sessions "Crafting Memories" for us.
These sessions enable people to look at life, age, death and loss in a relaxed and friendly environment and people attending thought the "My Wishes Folder" was really important to themselves and their families.
We wanted more people to be aware of these aspects and in conjunction with "Cheshire Living Well Dying Well" we recently held a Community Ambassador Day when 15 people attended.
You may ask what exactly is an Ambassador and what's involved? Well, The Cheshire Living Well Dying Well Ambassadors are trained and supported to engage, inspire and empower people in their communities to think about, talk about and take action in relation to life, age, death and loss. It's all really about being a good neighbour, helping people and "signposting" people to advice and support.
Ambassadors are not traditional volunteers who provide a set amount of time per week. They commit to do something practical, complete it in their own time and let Living Well Dying Well know what they have done.
Saturday saw our Associations annual MacMillan Big Coffee Morning. We had a great turnout for the event with some fantastic homemade cakes, lots of tea and coffee and obviously good company. A total of £270 was raised for the cause. Every slice of cake certainly made a difference in Chelford!
At the end of a full week of activities we celebrated Silver Sunday on 1st October.
Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Westminster City Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. The aim then was to celebrate older residents, recognise their contribution to their communities and help them get out and about to meet new people.
Silver Sunday 2012 was a fantastic success with over 2,000 people taking part in 19 events in Westminster alone. It gained the support of Joanna Lumley, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Michael Parkinson. The following year the success in Westminster encouraged Silver Sunday to encourage others nationally to get involved; the event grew significantly with over 150 events being held across the country.
Every year since there has seen fantastic growth both in the number of events and in people taking part in Westminster and across the UK, from Orpington to Orkney. In 2016 there were over 600 events attended by thousands of older people. We held an afternoon tea in Astle Court Community Room to celebrate the day with 37 attending. Fantastic sandwiches, including smoked salmon and homemade cakes, bara brith and meringues was enjoyed by everyone. Although everyone enjoys the food the main reason is to get people together to enjoy company, as one attendee said "if I didn't get to events held in the community room I would be at home by myself" As an Association we are passionate about reducing loneliness and social isolation, particularly in older persons.
Our Freebie Thursdays are continuing to be popular, chance to get out for a cup of tea or coffee and a cake or biscuit, and as it says it's free! The next ones are on Thursday 5th October and Thursday 19th October at Astle Court Community Room, Elmstead Road, Chelford 10.30am to 11.45am
For details of Community Ambassadors visit the Living Well Dying Well website
For details of Chelford Tenants & Residents Association visit www.e-voice.org.uk/chelfordtara or telephone 01625 861038