The Silver Linings two year programme was devised by Groundwork London, supported by Connect Hackney and Hackney Council to find ways for older people to socialise whilst lending a hand in Hackney. Silver Liners established four Silver Lining clubs, helping to run the Craft for a Cause club at the Ben Simons Hall, Get Fit While you Sit at Trowbridge Pensioners Hall, Mosaic Makeover Club at Fellows Court Community Centre and Cook’n’Share clubs at Groundwork London’s office and Free Range Garden on Lower Clapton Road.
The focus for the clubs was to reduce social isolation for older people in the borough by providing safe spaces for them to volunteer and socialise. The clubs were also empowering as Silver Liners were encouraged to facilitate the clubs themselves and make key decisions.
Barley Massey was invited to support the “Craft for a Cause” club by introducing Silver Liners to new craft skills and reviving existing ones. Alongside Silver Liners, Barley guided decision making, designing and the practicalities of crafting 150 items to keep people warm, including draught excluders, hot water bottle covers, blankets, scarves and hats that were then donated at a Tea party hosted by the Silver Liners held at the Geffrye Museum to isolated older people from Hackney Volunteering & Befriending Service.