The best of public service shone through the Royal Borough where the generations came together to celebrate the importance of older people. As I wound my way across the Borough I was struck, not for the first time, by how the lives of people are improved by the help and support given by volunteers of all ages.
Council staff, libraries, Woolwich Public Hall, Age UK in Sherard Road, Eltham and the Link at Thamesmead all came together to make the event a resounding success. The Woolwich Singers and the Greenwich Dance Agency were amazing. Getting around a number of centres, there was laughter and tears as people shared their life experiences, remembering the past while looking forward to the future. I was encouraged by a detailed conversation with members of the Thamesmead Youth Voice who were visiting a number of residential homes during the day. They committed themselves to spend more time supporting older people throughout the year.
Silver Sunday is just one day in a year. Ending loneliness, giving a helping hand through the year will help us to build a greater community spirit in the Borough. As winter approaches we need to make sure that our elderly neighbours remain warm and safe. The demand for more social events will continue and we will look back and remember the contribution made by so many to bring a smile to those who participated in Silver Sunday.