The Foundation’s Objects are focused on helping and supporting isolated older people.
In 2021 the pandemic continued to have a substantial impact on the Foundation. We had to cancel all fundraising events and for the second year running, our Tea Dance for 1,000 older residents, was cancelled. On the other hand, using our reserves, we managed to grow Silver Sunday significantly, although it remained short of levels achieved in previous years, and we joined many other partners in delivering more Christmas hampers than ever before.
Over the last 12 months, our programmes for older people, largely in the City of Westminster, included:
- Breaking the cycle of loneliness and social isolation of older people has never been more important. We were delighted that we achieved a significant improvement in the number of Silver Sunday events held. Over 750 free events took place across the UK, with over 50 held in Westminster alone. Thousands of older people across the country enjoyed taking part in an activity, often trying something new and meeting new people,
- The Westminster Tea Dance was planned to be held on 5 Dec 2021, but it had to be cancelled on the advice of the Westminster City Council (“the Council”) Public Health team. It is our intention to hold this much loved event again as soon as it is safe to do so.
- We were able to deliver 350 Christmas hampers to some of the most vulnerable older residents in the city. Our programme also triggered many other partners to get involved, resulting in over 2,000 being delivered to the City’s older residents.
- We again worked with Westminster City Council’s wonderful volunteers to deliver all the hampers. This ensured extra human contact that is so needed these days. The hampers were received with great joy.
- As in recent years, we also awarded some hampers to some of the city’s carers who work so tirelessly and often thanklessly all year round to support at-risk older people within Westminster. A number of hampers were also delivered to older residents in Westminster’s care homes, accompanied by singer Lucy Clark. This made the residents’ day.