Liverpool Hope launches first Contact the Elderly university group to tackle loneliness in older people
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Liverpool Hope University (LHU) is the first university to launch a Contact the Elderly group on campus to provide regular friendship links with older people in the area. On 2nd June national charity Contact the Elderly launched a new friendship group in conjunction with LHU for lonely older people living in the area, with an inaugural tea party on its campus, supported by academic staff and students. The Vice Chancellor and Rector of LHU, Professor Gerald Pillay, his wife Nirri, staff and volunteers welcomed eleven older local residents onto the university’s magnificent campus with panoramic views across the gardens. Also in attendance were Contact the Elderly Founder and Chairman, Trevor Lyttleton MBE, his wife Zippi and Contact the Elderly Executive Officer for the North & Midlands, Mary Robinson. Mary Robinson provided vital support in setting up the group in liaison with Professor Pillay and Vice Dean of Students, Dr Wendy Bignold, who has generously agreed to act as coordinator for the group, with other staff and students volunteering to help organise the tea parties.
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