'Dog dates' help to bring older people together

Dogs and their owners on their way to meet new companions Credit: ITV

Older people who find themselves isolated are being matched up with dogs and their owners on so-called dog dates to stop them from feeling alone. More than 1,000,000 older people in England are lonely - and 200,000 older people haven't had a conversation with friends or family for an entire month. It's hoped schemes like this could help reduce these numbers. Melissa Wright reports