Elderly people are being invited to social events that have been organised across the Bradford district to combat loneliness and isolation. They will get to meet the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons, as well as meeting others in the same situation as them.

The events, organised by Councillor Jackie Whiteley, Conservative spokesperson for Adult Services at Bradford Council, are part of a national event called Silver Sunday.

Cllr Whiteley said: “I have co-ordinated three events to help those aged 65 and over who live on their own to get out and meet others in the same situation.

“Many people become isolated through bereavement or disability and loneliness can often lead to depression. We hope people come along and enjoy it and invite their neighbours too.”

The Lord Mayor of Bradford said: “I’m delighted to support these events as part of a national campaign to celebrate older people’s contribution to society and to bring communities together.

“Each event will offer complimentary refreshments courtesy of my predecessor, Cllr Dale Smith, who raised money in his year of office for his Sprinkle Sunshine charity.”

The events take place at The Queen’s Hall, Main Street, Burley-in-Wharfedale, 11.30am – 1.30pm; Sunbridge Road Mission, Gaynor Street, Bradford, 12.30pm – 2.30pm; and Mary Seacole Court, Park Road, Bradford, 2pm – 4pm.