Silver Social initiative picks up Quality Mark for helping to combat loneliness

Breckland Council's Silver Social initiative has scooped a prestigious Quality Mark for helping to tackle loneliness.

The scheme was one of fifteen awarded the status today (27 July) as part of Norfolk County Council's In Good Company campaign. The announcement coincides with the inaugural Norfolk Day event.

Silver Social is run by the council and is funded by National Lottery Arts Council strategic touring fund. The programme is running over three years and has been engaging older residents in arts based activities across the district, in an effort to tackle loneliness and isolation.  

The first honorary quality marks were also awarded to the Eastern Daily Press and Radio Norfolk, for their consistent support of the county council's campaign to ensure that no one spends a lonely day in Norfolk if they don't want to.

Announcing the list, county council leader Councillor Andrew Proctor said: "Norfolk Day is all about celebrating the fantastic community spirit that exists in our county - so it's a great day to showcase the amazing work local groups are doing to help reduce loneliness and social isolation.

"Together, they help hundreds of people to stay connected with friends, family and services in their local areas. For some, they may provide the only social contact isolated people have. 

"People who are lonely can suffer poor health, come to rely on public services sooner and lose their independence more quickly. So when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents, the work of these organisations is vital and they deserve recognition with these Quality Marks."

 

 Dr. Wendy Thompson, Managing Director of Norfolk County Council presenting the In Good Company Quality Mark Award

Dr. Wendy Thompson, Managing Director of Norfolk County Council presenting the In Good Company Quality Mark Award

Spread The Love

Book your tickets for Silver Social's upcoming tour of The Little Love Cabaret, performing in Breckland villages 2nd - 6th July. 

"Somewhere between a sketch show, rom-com & glitter bomb! Join us for an all singing, all dancing afternoon of joy."

Tickets are only £5, payable on the door but can be reserved in advance (see below) 

Free local transport is also available to those without access to a car or public transport, please get in touch below for assistance. 

All performances 2pm - 3:30pm

Monday 2nd July at Ashill Community Centre

Tuesday 3rd July at Harling Old School Hall

Wednesday 4th July at Shipdham All Saints Church

Thursday 5th July at Mattishall Church Rooms

Friday 6th July at Necton Community Centre

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Ministry Bans Frivolous Biscuits

Audiences in Breckland have been delighted by the Ministry of Biscuits, a tongue in cheek musical comedy set in a 1984-esque world of repressed biscuits. Performed by The Foundry Group, the  show toured the district's libraries for a one off week of matinees in Watton, Dereham, Attleborough, Thetford and Swaffham. 

The hilarious script, catchy songs and array of costumes, captivated audiences into the story of Cecil Hobson, a junior biscuit designer who succumbs to moral corruption and dabbles in creating a decadent triple chocolate ginger nut cream surprise...

 

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The Foundry Group performing Ministry of Biscuits

Ministry of Biscuits is the first in a series of live performances happening across Breckland this summer as part of Silver Social. Up next is The Little Love Cabaret by Spiltmilk Dance, performing in villages 2nd - 6th July. Full details here

Memories Inspire Poetry Sessions

Silver Social has been visiting community venues across the district this week, holding workshops with award winning poet, Martin Figura. Chatting about memories, the sessions were centred on the poem 'I Come From,' encouraging participants to remember the sights, sounds and smells of their early years. 

Martin encouraged everyone to have a go at automatic writing, allowing ideas to flow before trying to craft this into the first draft of a poem. Some participants brought objects to trigger memories and Martin had a range of inspirational objects including a vintage camera, records and a book detailing 81 ways with potato! 

 Residents of Attleborough creating their own poetry

Residents of Attleborough creating their own poetry

 Silver Social workshop at Swaffham Wellbeing Group

Silver Social workshop at Swaffham Wellbeing Group

Martin returns to Breckland with a tour of his performance, Doctor Zeeman’s Catastrophe Machine, in which he contemplates love, loss & when to let go. Tickets are £5, including refreshments - full details here. 

Celebrate Volunteer Week & Become a Silver Social Volunteer

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Make a difference to older people in your local community and become a volunteer for Breckland Council's Silver Social Project. 

The Project is delivering an ambitious programme of daytime events to community venues across Breckland, promoting participation and independent living to older people in rural communities. Until 2020, workshops and performances held by professional artists are taking place in Ashill, Necton, Shipdham, Mattishall, Harling, Dereham, Attleborough, Swaffham, Watton and Thetford. Upcoming Events. 

We are looking for a team of enthusiastic and welcoming volunteers to help support events in these areas, ensure the Project reaches its target audience and with our support, to sustain the project's aims beyond 2020. 

We are developing two volunteer roles within Silver Social:

SILVER SOCIAL EVENT SUPPORT VOLUNTEER:

There are a number of ways you can get involved in the Project:

As a Silver Social Event Support Volunteer, your role is to act as an advocate for the Project and provide essential support to the Project Coordinator at Silver Social events. You will help set up event space; greet artists and participants at sessions; organise refreshments and help to clear down and collect evaluation data and feedback after an event. This role is an opportunity to gain experience in event organisation and to develop new skills within a community project. You will also have the opportunity to watch world class arts performances – for free!

 SILVER SOCIAL VOLUNTEER PROMOTER:

As a Silver Social Volunteer Promoter, your role is to act as an advocate for the Project and help promote Silver Social events in your area. Using both traditional and online methods, this will be done through the distribution of publicity material; word of mouth recommendation and promoting activities at local clubs and groups, as well as sharing online content through social media and event listing websites. This role is an opportunity to gain experience in event promotion and organisation, with the potential to join a wider network of volunteer promoters running your own events, in partnership with Creative Arts East.

Interested?

To support the Project with any of the above, get in touch! 

Volunteering for the Silver Social is an unpaid position, but is an opportunity to gain experience on a nationally recognised arts project, with the potential to develop your own community programme. Travel expenses will be covered.

Time commitment:

Approximately 3 – 5 hours a month (flexible). Exact days dependent on programming schedule.

Contact:

Sophie Soto (Project Co-Ordinator) community@breckland.gov.uk / 01362 656870

or fill in details below:

 

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Dementia Action Week 2018

It's Dementia Action Week 2018 and Silver Social are proud to deliver a full programme of  events designed to be enjoyed by all older people, including those affected by Dementia. 

Award winning poet Martin Figura, will be exploring poetry and writing from memory in a series of free workshops, held in community venues across Breckland. From 4th - 6th July, catch Martin at one of the daytime sessions - full details here

For more information on Dementia Action Week and how you can get involved, click here

Summer Programme Announced

Silver Social are delighted to announce a new summer programme of events, including free workshops & ticketed performances, by a range of artists in venues across the district. 

Award winning poet Martin Figura, contemporary dancers Spiltmilk and the musical comedy 'Ministry of Biscuits,' are touring spaces including libraries, museums, village halls & community centres, as Silver Social continues to bring high quality, accessible arts to your doorstep. 

All workshops are free to attend (voluntary donations welcome) & performances are only £5 per ticket. Free local transport is available to all Silver Social events, for those without access to a car or public transport. 

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To find out more:  upcoming events here. 

To reserve tickets, book transport or make an enquiry, get in touch: 

 

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Ladies of Spiltmilk Bring Love to Norfolk

Silver Social  is thrilled to welcome the ladies of Spiltmilk Dance to our rural villages, for a series of workshops based on their new show, The Little Love Cabaret

Offering creative session including movement exercises, storytelling, craft and of course, tea and cake! Focusing on love; it's not just about romance - we're interested in all the things that make life brilliant - stories of favourite recipes, hobbies, or places are all be welcome too. 

Join us to share stories, have a boogie, listen to favourite songs, get creative and have lots of laughs!

 

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Decadent Designs at New Biscuit Workshop

Silver Social is pleased to welcome specialist print artist Vicki Johnson, back to Breckland for the latest series of art-based workshops, touring libraries in the market towns. 

Residents have been given the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild and design their own fancy biscuit, using paint, collage and stamping techniques. The free sessions are linked to the upcoming 'Ministry of Biscuits' performance - a farcical post-war comedy, where fancy biscuits are outlawed and "bland is grand." 

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With all materials (and biscuits!) provided, participants were able to use a range of coloured and textured papers, letter and shape stamps and acrylic paints, to produce their own 'Wanted' biscuit.

This week the workshop will be visiting Dereham, Swaffham, Attleborough and Watton libraries, no booking necessary. Full details here. 

 

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