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Council grants available for Silver Sunday events

PR2105/RC/MF

19 May 2017

Mid Sussex District Council is offering grants of £250 to help local groups celebrate Silver Sunday this October.

Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to communities. Mid Sussex District Council is hosting a special Tea Party in East Grinstead on 8 October and is encouraging local community organisations and groups to hold their own Silver Sunday event or activity.

Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. The aim was to celebrate older residents and to help them get out and about and meet new people.

Mid Sussex District Council is offering grants of up to £250 for any activities held in October that provide an opportunity for older people to try something new, meet new people and have an uplifting day. It could be a tea party, a classic film showing, an informative talk, music or dance performance or simply a healthy walk. Any activity for older people over the age of 65 that’s fun and engaging will be considered.

“It’s heart-breaking to think that a third of people over 75 living in Mid Sussex are lonely and in need of companionship”, said Regina Choudhury, Mid Sussex District Council Community Development Officer.

“Events like Silver Sunday bring older people together; help new friendships to form and ultimately overcome loneliness. They’re the perfect opportunity for older people to try something new, meet their neighbours and connect with other people. If you’re involved with a local group and would be interested in hosting a Silver Sunday event then we’d love to hear from you.”

To apply for a grant simply complete an online grant application form at www.midsussex.gov.uk/grants and submit it by Friday 23 June 2017. For further information contact Regina Choudhury, MSDC Community Development Officer on 01444 477495 or email culture@midsusex.gov.uk.

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