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.
Carers Champion Salisbury
I live in Salisbury and am Carers Champion for this area. I am a member of Safer and Supportive Salisbury, a volunteer with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Carers Support Wiltshire, Salisbury Medical Practice and Wiltshire Council.
I am looking forward to meeting with as many of you as possible on Friday 1st October. Please bring any questions or queries with you about your caring role and I will do my best to try and find the answers! You may be new to caring and don’t know which way to turn – let me try and make some suggestions – most importantly, please don’t feel alone.
I can be contacted via the Safer and Supportive Salisbury email address firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Safer and Supportive Salisbury phone 07484 157768
South West Advocacy Network
Capturing Peoples Living Well Plan
Living Well Advocacy Service – A Drop-In Session for Clients and Volunteers
The SWAN Advocacy Living Well Plan is a record of your life –
Past - important memories and experiences.
Present - identifying the things important to you in the present including important contact information.
Future - your wishes and preferences, helping you feel prepared and ensuring that family, carers and professionals can understand you better.
SWAN are recruiting volunteers to work with people to record their memories, capture their present and prepare for their future in a Living Well Plan. with people to give them a voice and enable and empower them to be heard.
To find out more come to information drop in session on Wednesday 22nd September from 10am to 2pm at Salisbury Library.
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.
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 email@example.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."
Contents of Silver Salisbury tea 2021
Afternoon teas awaiting collection
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Contents of Silver Salisbury tea 2021
Hi – I’m Emma Curteis
I have lived in Lower Bemerton for almost 17 years, having moved down from London with my husband in 2004. We now have two children, a son and a daughter, who have attended the village primary school and who are now pupils at the local grammar schools.
For the past six years I have worked for a Salisbury-based tour operator, organising historical and cultural tours all over the world, but the current Covid situation led to the company being 'mothballed' and I was left with time on my hands.
I was therefore delighted to be able to offer my skills with a spreadsheet to Silver Salisbury Teas and to get involved with such a worthwhile and pleasurable event. My children were equally delighted as it meant less of my time was spent 'encouraging' them with their home schooling!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Salisbury's Older People's Champion