Supporting Each-other During Lockdown: Silver Salisbury film launched

A socially distanced group in Salisbury Arts Centre on Friday 25th September came together for a showing of a new film as part of the Silver Salisbury 2020 programme with a difference.
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…….”
Photo of small group socially distanced at the Art Centre to view the film prior to launch included Mayor John Walsh, Area Board chair Atiqul Hoque, Irene Kohler Salisbury Older People’s Champion, Anne Trevett, Helen Dowse, Red Tan Lau Hardingham, Gillian Newton and Paul Thomas who all feature in the film.
To see the film, download it from website or contact email Irene on
Initiated by Irene Kohler, Salisbury Older People’s Champion and the Silver Salisbury Group, have created an amazing annual programme of events in and around Salisbury to celebrate International Older People’s Day which is sadly not possible under current circumstances.
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.

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