Two of our long-time members , Val and Barbara” are off to an exciting Walking Football Tournament trip and are fundraising for Silverfit.
Read their story below!
“We are part of an eight-strong, co-ed team heading to Portugal to compete in this Walking Football tournament for the over 50s. We’re both in our 70s and have been members of Silverfit, a charity aimed at encouraging well-being and fitness for the over 45s, since 2014 and are participating in the event to raise funds
for this worthy cause.
We have been playing Walking Football at Millwall Football Club’s Community Centre since 2015, when Silverfit contributed initial funding to help get the program off the ground.
The team from Millwall is one of eight teams from Portugal, Spain and the UK playing in the tournament. The club is charitable trust, Millwall For All, and it is generously paying for everyone’s flights as well as sending representatives to assist the team.
Silverfit has made a big difference in our lives and we would like to take this opportunity to raise funds for the great work they do so that more people can benefit from the Silverdays they offer throughout London. Please support us and help us to achieve our goal to raise £500 for this wonderful charity! You can donate here.”
In 1985, Broadwater Farm became notorious as Britain’s most vicious estate, when a mob hacked a policeman to death. Thirty years on, Broadwater has one of the lowest crime rates in the borough of Haringey, an area that is one of the most ethnically diverse in the UK. A leading figure to help bring about this positive transformation is Clasford Stirling MBE, who has been a youth worker on the estate for 38 years and runs the Broadwater Farm Community Centre. Since the launch of Silver Tuesday at Lordship Rec, Haringey in July 2016, Stirling has been involved with Silverfit and coaches the Badminton group at the venue.
You have a long and fantastic history of working with youth and the local community, what does your day to day routine involve?I have been working in the community for so long that I never have a rest day. There’s always something to be done. I am always helping residents with legal, domestic problems, court cases, etc. I deal with so many different things which have just become part of my life. Even though it’s not a paid role, I am surprised at the success that’s come with it! I am the sort of person who does what they say, so people come to me even issues like a passport application. Helping people in the community is a part of my life!
You are currently coaching our Silverfit badminton group, is this something you have undertaken for the first time – for this age group?It’s the first time I have started coaching this age group, it’s been a joy! When you get into your later years, unless you’ve been in leisure/sport when you’ve been younger, it’s hard to keep physically active. Silverfit has really built up, it’s great to have the older generation active in Broadwater Farm. It’s fantastic to see the interest of the members! Infact, this is something that should be replicated in the whole borough. As long as it continues I will be with Silverfit!
You have spoken about having the need for right role models for the next generation. Do you think given the growing issue of isolation amongst our older generation, a collaboration between the two generations may work? I think we need activities for the middle and older aged to get more involved with community development so they can be out and about. It’s mostly the young who are participating currently. We need to get older folk involved in community development, as it also helps the youngsters a lot. The more they are around, the more it will encourage the younger generation. I have never seen many younger folk play badminton but I bet you if they see the older folk, they will want to do it too! Children are brought up with respect for their elders, so we should tap into this.
How has Broadwater farm and Tottenham changed in the last few years? Has the demographic changed? Does this impact the kind of support system the residents and locals needs, is it different to a decade ago?Yes, although, it’s not an easy one to answer. The changes are mostly because of the council cuts. It’s very difficult as people are looking for jobs, striving to keep paying their bills, etc. The culture has changed a bit, initially it was very Caribbean, Irish, White English but now it’s a mix of African, Turkish, Kurdish, etc. and more multi cultured. The economic status has changed a little bit, it’s the late 70s, there was 90% unemployment, but we got together and decided to make a change and determine our own future. We created jobs, etc and helped the estate change. Silverfit has also contributed to the community with the introduction of activities for the over 45s and 50s.
Are volunteer led organisations key to bringing communities together in an age where we are increasingly isolated as individuals? I think volunteer led organisations are the number one for the community building. The community is always there and doesn’t operate on a 9-5 basis. Our contribution as voluntary organisations is a life saver. Not only do we help defuse many difficult situations before they pose a problem, but provide activities, opportunities that people would not normally partake in.
What is your dream for Tottehnham and Broadwater Farm? I think for me, my dream is not just local, its national and for the world. I grew up in a large family. I came here not knowing what racism was about, even though things were echoed around us. Even today, despite the way the world is going, my family is everybody. My dream for Tottenham is for everyone to see everyone as they are and as a family. It might seem too perfect, but it can be achieved. We have evolved, yet we seem to be going backwards. But we need to come together. I hope to play a part in making this happen!
In December 2016, Silverfit was nominated as The Gym Group’s Charity of the Month.
For every new member that signed up to any of The Gym’s sites that month, they were given the option to donate £1 to their first month’s membership fee, with The Gym Group then transferring all money collected to the charity at the end of the month.
We are delighted to announce, a charity payment has made its way to Silverfit! This sizeable donation will keep several of our venues going, and we are very grateful for the support and encouragement. Thank you from all of us at Silverfit!
Michele is a regular at Silver Wednesday, Whitton. Here’s her Silverfit story…
“I am 58 and have had some health issues. I had to have a hip replaced early in 2015, and then the other one in April 2016.
Whilst in my doctors surgery, I saw a poster for Silverfit though I had no idea really what it was about.
I saw Bollywood fitness dancing advertised which looked so much fun and I wondered if I could do it! Once I was mobile enough to join I did and started in the September 2016.
I was with other like minded people who just want to have fun and keep fit. We are all at different levels of fitness but it really doesn’t matter as it’s all about having fun which we do! I enjoy it so much and we are such a sociable group who sit and chat after with drinks. We also went for a lunch together few weeks ago, to a vegetarian restaurant which was also something new for me.
This has given me the confidence to try other things which I have done since such as para gliding and para sailing in Turkey.
Then I thought what else would I like to do? I want to learn to fly! So in Sept, I had my first lesson and gave not looked back since.
Silverfit is for anybody at any level of fitness. It’s about having fun and making new friends. For me it was more than that thought. It had given me the confidence and made me realise that even though I’m 58 I can do whatever I want and feel great about doing it. I haven’t looked back and love my new life!”
We are delighted to be one of the chosen finalists by UK Active’s #ActiveLab initiative. We look forward to being a part of this exciting project!
With the UK’s physical inactivity epidemic costing £20bn each year and causing 37,000 deaths, the need to find innovative ways to inspire active lifestyles has never been more pressing. Backed by founding partners AXA PPP and Tech City UK, ActiveLab aims to stimulate scalable health solutions that can help to overcome one of society’s biggest challenges.
Thanks to votes from our supporters, we have made it into the final of the Aviva Community Fund. There were hundreds of projects in the competition and over 5 million votes cast so it’s a wonderful achievement to get this far.
All the finalists are now being judged and we will find out on 10 January 2017 whether we’ve won funding to start a new Silverfit fun & fitness day in Southwark. The judges will be looking for projects that will have a real impact and will be sustainable over the long term.
We’ve entered the Aviva Community Fund to win enough funding to start a new Silverfit fun & fitness day in Southwark. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so your votes will really count.
Please help more people to have the chance to enjoy the fun of Silverfit by registering and voting for usHERE. It will only take a few minutes of your time.
Everyone who registers gets 10 votes, so you can vote for other worthy projects as well, or you could choose to cast all of your 10 votes for Silverfit! Voting closes at midday on 18th November.Please share this with your family and friends too and ask them to vote for Silverfit.
Join us for Silver Sunday at Burgess Park on October 2nd! For more details on activities on offer please have a look at the flyer below!
We are also delighted that Cllr Maisie Anderson will be joining us, and hopefully also Dr Zoe Williams (Trust me, I’m a doctor!) with the Grim Reaper following to ensure we walk fast enough around the lake & beat him!
When: October 2nd, 2016. 11am onwards
Where: Burgess Park – Park Life Cafe, Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park, London SE5 0RJ.