What is our project?
Silver Charity, founded in 2016, helps combat social isolation and loneliness by bringing older people together to engage in fun and creative free events and activities available to all seniors who wish to join as members. Since the announcement of the national lock-down, monthly social and craft groups have come to an end, meaning a loss of key social activity for many elderly in need.
Though supporting the vulnerable has become more challenging, isolation shouldn’t mean feeling alone. Silver has made it their mission to make a small difference by creating and delivering craft care packs to their members, designed to lift the spirits of those who often feel the most lonely.
With a national effort to provide physical support with food and supplies for the vulnerable, there is still a concern for mental health. Silver’s craft packs hope to provide mental stimulus and bring fun and joy to those in isolation. Each package contains items such
as a crossword book, an adult colouring book, a craft kit, such as painting by numbers, and a letter sending well wishes with reference to the website sharing ideas for new crafting projects.
Having received a wonderful response from the community and donors, Silver has been fortunate to team up with Age UK, The Salvation Army and Age Concern, Eastleigh, who are delivering Silver’s craft care packages alongside their food parcels. Initially starting in West Sussex and moving into Surrey the goal was 500 packs, but with popularity the cause has expanded across Kent, London, Brighton and the south west and aims to create a further 3000 packs.
Who are we?
Painting Our World In Silver was founded by Lisa Powis in 2016. The charity was founded to help combat social isolation and loneliness by bringing older people together to engage in fun and interesting creative activities. We have over 50 older people attending each event, coming together from across the Borough of Elmbridge and further afield. Other local charities also bring along their socially isolated clients to join in the fun. Painting Our World In Silver is a registered charity and registered with the Charity Commission.
How does the community feel?
'It feels like Christmas! This is so lovely, I now have something to do. Oh thank you so much, I will starting painting this afternoon. Oh my word I love puzzle books and colouring. Thank you so much for the package, I received all things that I love doing, I appreciate this.'
- Pat, beneficiary of @salvationarmy
'Thank you so much for the second batch of craft packs. The first bunch that we gave out, had so much good feedback. People have been overwhelmed to think that somebody has thought of them being isolated and perhaps needing a little something to life their spirits. So thank you again from us here and all the people that we have given the craft care packs to. You are doing a fantastic job and it has been so appreciated by everyone.
- Tina, The Salvation Army
'Dear Good People, Many, many thanks for the craft care package. It is delightful. I spend a lot time doing the word search. It is so interesting. The jigsaw I have not started yet, but that looks interesting. Thank you so much, love Kathleen - Kathleen, Surrey
What does you pledge mean?
Your pledge would mean the world to many isolated elderly who need some joy to cope with loneliness.
We have been able to reach 2500 elderly since our project began in April, but there are still more to support.
We want to reach over 3000!
It costs £5 to send a pack to 1 elderly person and every bit helps.
- If you pledge £5, we will send 1 craft care pack in your name
- If you pledge £10, we will send 2 craft care packs in your name
- If you pledge £25, we will send 5 craft care packs in your name
- If you pledge £50, we will send 10 craft care packs in your name and send another pack to a nominated senior of your choice
How can you help us?
1. Donate to our cause. Every donation no matter how little or large helps us achieve our goals.
2. Spread the word to help us connect with as many as possible who may be able to offer our project assistance. We are active on social media, so follow up channels to watch the journey!
And one more thing... THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!