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Bringing young and old together in Hampshire to fight loneliness

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Teenagers in Hampshire could be the answer to tackling loneliness and helping people in the county stay connected to the outside world.

A group of young people completed a four week volunteering project with the National Citizen Service this summer at Clifford House in Andover.

As a result, the project has seen the creation of some very special relationships.

The teenagers raised funds and built a garden in the grounds of the care home.

After completing their project, they continued to visit Clifford House, where staff say residents eagerly await their visits.

More than a million elderly people say they can go for weeks without speaking to anyone.

2m
estimated number of elderly people who live alone

I feel like there is such a divide between the older and younger generation and I feel like we should all try and not have that divide anymore. I come here at least every weekend to put a smile on their faces."

– Molly Cooke, Volunteer
  • Watch Christine Alsford's report below