Alkrington Senior Citizen’s Club in Rochdale meet on a weekly basis to provide various activities for their members. Most of the members of the group live alone, and the weekly meet-up gives them chance to get out and about, meet new friends and enjoy the club’s activities.

One attendee lives locally to the club and started to attend about six months ago. She is 82-years-old and has no children. After her husband died three years ago she became very introverted and other members who lived nearby talked her into attending every week with them. She has now made a circle of friends, never stops chatting and always has a smile on her face.

She said: “I now have a set of friends to confide in, something I thought I would never again have, a reason to get up in a morning for.”