A new film detailing the benefits of elderly people engaging with the local community is set on a Brighton estate.

Volunteers have been running art lessons and computer sessions as part of the LifeLines initiative at the extra care homes at Patching Lodge.

It is hoped the film, which shows what Hanover Housing Association, Community Service Volunteers and Brighton and Hove City Council have been doing to help the health and wellbeing of elderly people, will show other local authorities the benefits of the scheme.

Manager of LifeLines Anna Richmond said: “We are delighted with the film, which showcases these activities and captures local commissioner views of health and wellbeing benefits for older volunteers and participants.”

Andrew Humphreys, Hanover’s Community Links manager, said: “This is the best example I have come across of an initiative in extra care that benefits residents, engages the local community and raises the profile of the estate.

“LifeLines is an ideal model for delivering health and wellbeing activities in extra care and we hope to have many more projects running in the future.”

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