Elderberries in Alnwick garden

Over one hundred people gathered from Alnwick Garden's Elderberries Project today to receive Christmas presents from schoolchildren. The Elderberries Project helps support many older people who feel isolated at this time of year.

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Full Report: The Elderberries' Christmas Party

Loneliness is a growing problem, especially amongst older people and in rural communities where many services are being cut.

But, a scheme based at The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland is helping to get more people out and about.

The Elderberries are a group who meet up whenever they can for whatever they fancy - and today they had the help of local school children to get into the Christmas spirit.

You can watch the full report from Helen Pearson below.

Christmas Party for Alnwick's Elderberries Project

Older people from residential homes and sheltered housing visited Alnwick Garden today for the Elderberries' Christmas party Credit: ITV

Nearly 150 elderly people gathered at Alnwick Garden today as part of the garden's Elderberries Project which aims to help those who feel isolated as they get older.

At the Elderberries' Christmas Party, presents were given to those in attendance by local schoolchildren, and pupils from the Holley Park Academy performed carols as the gifts were distributed.

Today also marked the continuation of the scheme for a further three years thanks to a donation from the Stuart Halbert Foundation.

"The foundation has always been very impressed by the Elderberries' down to earth, pragmatic, and above all compassionate services which combat social isolation of elderly residents in rural Northumberland."

  • Gary Lydiate, Chairman of the Stuart Halbert Foundation


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