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.
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