National Older Peoples Day
Since 1990, the United Nations has recognised a day to celebrate older people in our society. The date is always 1st October, and as the Inspired People’s Project and now Inspired Taskforce, we have always celebrated the day with an event to highlight the contribution made by older people.
We are fortunate to have older people around us, whether they’re family, friends, or just general acquaintances. Older people are fonts of wisdom, experience, and storytelling. Older people have time for each other, for their grandchildren, for volunteering, for travelling, for learning new hobbies, for campaigning against injustices and for making new friendships. Our society is richer for their presence.
In 2020 we want to recognise and speak out against the huge (and unnecessary) death toll that COVID-19 has had on our older population, and also recognise the on-going stress and strain on older people’s lives as they ‘shield’ themselves and stay withdrawn from society to protect their health. It has been especially hard on those older people without family support or where their families live at a distance. Luckily many of the good people of Levenshulme and Gorton have supported their older neighbours and jumped in with offers of shopping, conversations over the fence or donated to our appeals to provide services such as the Meal Buddies on Wheels and Phone-A-Friend. We thank you for every act of kindness, however small – it meant a lot.
In 2020 we are unable to be together in person, so we have put together some pictures and videos from our previous four years celebrations. We hope you enjoy the selection and the memories it will provoke of happier times.