Loneliness is a terrible thing. It can turn people in on themselves and lead to depression. It’s an issue that can afflict people whether they live in the remotest rural areas or in the densest urban environment. It’s an issue that many older people have in common.

The older person may no longer be comfortable driving, leaving them housebound and unable to visit neighbours or go to the shops. Their children may have emigrated or moved to bigger urban areas. They may have lost close family, neighbours and friends of their own vintage.