Welcome to Bring Me Sunshine
Bring Me sunshine is a collaboration of different churches coming together to provide activities and events for older people in the community to help combat isolation and loneliness and promote health and wellbeing ,all of which are Dementia friendly. Bring me Sunshine is about bringing sunshine and cheer to older people in Catford.
It started several years ago under the scheme of Holidays at Home, creating a holiday type experience without leaving the community, based around hospitality, entertainment, physical exercise and Reminiscence. Each event saw between 80 and 100 older people attend.
The Diamond club a weekly older peoples club based at Holy cross initially coordinated this but the project with the support of the local council, Public Health Lewisham and church leaders has recognised the benefits of these events for older people as well as the volunteering team which has grown to 30 plus from the local community and now has five churches involved.
The churches initially involved were Holy Cross Catholic church, 208 Sangley Rd, Catford, SE6 2JS, St Andrews the apostle church, Sandhurst rd., Catford, SE61XD and Brownhill rd., Baptist church, SE61AU, this year we have expanded and St Laurence church, 37 Bromley Rd, Catford, SE62TS and the Salvation Army, 23, Brownhill rd., Catford, SE62HE have joined us.