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Were you a child in the fifties?


Are you willing to share recollections of your fifties childhood and take part in Silver Salisbury’s jubilee project?

This intergenerational project will bring you together with primary school children from St Martins and Woodlands schools to share memories of life in the fifties including the coronation and explore with the children the similarities and differences with their lives now, seventy years on. 

There will be fun and interactive sessions sharing and capturing memories.  Ruth Hill and Sarah Collins our creative writer and musician will help the groups develop the words into a performance and a booklet.

If you are interested and want to know more, we invite you to the first meeting on:

Thursday 28th July, 10.00am at Salisbury Library, Market Walk, Salisbury SP1 1BL

To book your place please email  silver.salisbury@outlook.com 


Only if you do NOT have access to email phone 01722 323 812  


There will be interactive fun sessions sharing and capturing memories.  Ruth Hill and Sarah Collins, our creative writer and musician will help the group create lasting memories.

If you haven’t yet done so, please bring with you any photos or memorabilia you have of life in the fifties including the coronation.  We know these photos are precious so they will be scanned and returned to you

Helen Dowse

Carers Champion Salisbury


Hello from your Carers Champion – Helen Dowse.

My role as Carers Champion is a voluntary one with Wiltshire Council.  I also volunteer at Salisbury Hospital and Carers Support Wiltshire.


Are you new to caring?  Not sure which way to turn?  Don’t be alone – there is help and support out there for you and I will try and join the dots.


If you are caring for a loved one you haven’t been able to find the answer to a question, please do contact me by email or phone and I will do my best to help.  I am usually at the Carers Café at Salisbury Hospital on a Thursday afternoon from 2.30 to 4 and you are welcome to come along and have a chat.  If I am not available, there are a couple of other volunteers who I am sure will be able to help you. Click here for the flyer


There are Support Groups, Carers Cafes, social media groups and all sorts of other networks out there to help and support you in your caring role. 

Do come along to the Carers Drop in on Monday 19th September from 10  - 12 at St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury and say hello, meet other carers, look at some leaflets and most important, ask questions.


I look forward to meeting you.

Spring Newsletter


As the weather improves and the days get longer why not find a local group or activity to keep you active, find a new friendship group or start a new hobby?

Find out what's on this spring with our latest newsletter HERE

Armed Forces Veterans Breakfast Club


Do you know any veterans in the Salisbury area that could / would benefit from socialising with other veterans? The AFVBC are committed to keeping veterans connected and socially active, they run a variety of events, groups and activities to build social connections between veterans.

Click here for their latest newsletter

Volunteer Roles Available


We are looking for local people in Amesbury, Downton, Salisbury and Wilton who would like to volunteer to help support older people in their community.

Every year around Silver Sunday a programme of events and activities has been delivered in Salisbury. Due to its growing success, we now need help to expand the program to the areas above. 

If you have some time and would like to make a difference to your local community this may be the role for you.

Silver Salisbury Consultation


Each September Silver Salisbury runs a programme of events to celebrate age & showcase activities for older people.

To help plan our programmes we wanted to know how older people were feeling, what they wanted to do & what would make them more likely to get involved.

Click on the image below to see the full report.

The Listening Place, Salisbury

Re-opening for face-to-face appointments.


The Listening Place in Salisbury, a free confidential service, is delighted to be opening once again on Wednesday 7 July for face-to-face appointments in a Covid-safe environment.  The last 15 months have been hard for us all - increased levels of anxiety, fear and isolation can affect our mental wellbeing and the need for a listening ear has perhaps never been greater.     

Are you lonely, worried, stressed, confused?

Do you need to talk? 

The Listening Place can really help - we provide a friendly and safe place where you can share whatever is on your mind with a trained listener. They will not interrupt, advise or judge you, but will support you in finding your own way forward.


Initially, we will be open on Wednesdays, offering morning or evening appointments, though we hope to increase sessions in the future.


To make an appointment:


Phone:  01722 325 294 Staffed phone line Wednesdays 10.00am -12.30pm.

              Outside these hours please leave a message on our answerphone.

Email:   tlpappointments@gmail.com


Address Salisbury Methodist Church, St Edmunds Church St, Salisbury, SP1 1EF


For more information see our website: www.thelisteningplace.org.uk

Silver Salisbury 2021

18th September to 3rd October


Silver Salisbury is a programme of events to celebrate international older people's day, on 1st of October each year. It’s full of things that older people are involved in, contribute to and enjoy. There are activities to support people in maintaining their independence and opportunities for those who’d like to be getting out and about more but don't know where to start. Silver Salisbury is a chance to try different things, join new groups and make new friends.

Given the experiences of the last 18 months, we know some people are a bit unsure about how to get involved in things again and we want to help with that. Our aim is for this year’s programme to focus on what matters most to older people and for older people to have much more of a say about what we do. Over the next two months we’ll be consulting with as many local, older people as possible to understand their lifestyles, the things that prevent them getting involved in the things they want to do, and the types of activities that they’d like to see available. This information will enable us to plan for this and future programmes. We’d love to hear your views.

There’s lots of ways you can help with the consultation. We’ll be holding focus groups in Salisbury, Wilton, Amesbury and the surrounding areas, where we’ll have a chat in a small group over a cup of tea and a piece of cake. We’re happy to come along to any existing groups or clubs that can help. We also have paper and on-line questionnaires (see below) and we can chat over the phone or through a small Zoom meeting if that works better for you. If you’d like to take part in the consultation in any way please contact Moira Packer on 07932 004925 or email thesilverproject@outlook.com.

Silver Salisbury is a new and developing organisation. If anyone is thinking they’d like to take a more active role we’d love to hear from you too. Please get in touch with Irene Kohler on 01722 323 812.

For the Online Survey Click Here

To download the questionnaire which can be emailed or printed and posted Click Here

Over 400 afternoon teas successfully delivered


The Silver Salisbury group produced almost 400 afternoon teas which together with our partners the Salisbury City Community Development team became well over 400.


We achieved this through the many volunteers who baked scones, pastries and cakes and the volunteer delivery team who collected the teas from Victoria Park and ensured they reached their destination.

They were distributed throughout Salisbury and its surrounding area including Amesbury, Wilton, Laverstock and Alderbury. Feedback received has been very positive and several recipients commented on how it helped them to feel more positive.

"What a pleasant surprise after a year of lockdown and a fairly drab and dull recent winter. It was much appreciated."

"I had a very excited phone call from my mother (98 next month) this afternoon.  She had just received a lovely tea delivery from you and was ringing the whole family to tell them"

"The lovely surprise was very much appreciated not only for the delightful treat, but because it made me feel that I wasn't alone in my role as a carer."

2021 Afternoon Tea from Silver Salisbury
2021 Afternoon Tea from Silver Salisbury

Contents of Silver Salisbury tea 2021

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2021 Silver Salisbury afternoon teas ready for collection
2021 Silver Salisbury afternoon teas ready for collection

Afternoon teas awaiting collection

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Some of the cakes donated for the afternoon teas
Some of the cakes donated for the afternoon teas

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2021 Afternoon Tea from Silver Salisbury
2021 Afternoon Tea from Silver Salisbury

Contents of Silver Salisbury tea 2021

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Silver Salisbury Group invites you to support our work by purchasing a Salisbury City Community Lottery ticket. 

All the funds we raise go to our afternoon teas delivery and the Silver Salisbury programme of activities and events in celebration of International Older People’s Day which is October 1st.


Please support the Silver Salisbury Group: please play the Salisbury City Community Lottery here

Supporting each other during lockdown: Silver Salisbury film

October 1st is International Older People’s Day which in Salisbury we have previously celebrated with a range of events: as that is currently not possible, we wanted to mark the occasion differently and that is how this film came about.


Made by young film maker Joseph Walker, the film was inspired by Salisbury’s Older People’s Champion Irene Kohler to record and celebrate the experiences of older people during lockdown, reflecting the many ways older people have contributed to the community. Financed by a small grant from Salisbury Area Board supplemented by private donation, the film will be launched on Thursday 1st October International Older People's Day


Irene says  “Of course many older people have needed support but we think the film shows the diversity of the community of older people in Salisbury as well as the diverse ways in which people have contributed, from running a convenience shop supporting local older people, ensuring the planting Victoria Park lifts people’s mood as they exercise, helping neighbours with shopping and prescription collection, coming together in street groups, Muslim women giving each other support, gardeners and allotment holders bringing produce to the Harnham Harvest table, and much more…….”   See the film, download it now on this website. 

The work of the Silver Salisbury Group is supported by SaSS Safer and Supportive Salisbury, Marc Read, Salisbury Community Engagement Manager and the Salisbury Area Board.  If this film motivates you to volunteer to support others should we be faced with the next spike, then please email silver.salisbury@outlook.com

Irene Kohler

Salisbury's Older People's Champion