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Islington students reduce isolation among elderly

PUBLISHED: 17:31 01 May 2015 | UPDATED: 17:31 01 May 2015

Project Leader Rida Khan helps resident at Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre to paint a flower pot

Project Leader Rida Khan helps resident at Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre to paint a flower pot

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Islington students are helping to reduce isolation in their community with a new volunteering project for older residents.

Joining forces with the Bridgside Lodge Care Centre, in…the City University students, Rida Khan, Karishma Patel and Anjorna Nanda, have launched the Senior Citizens Venture, offering activities like gardening, baking and games.

Future projects include a summer barbecue and walks along Regents Canal.

Rida said she wanted to set up the project in memory of her loving grandparents.

She said: “When I found out that a lot of local people in Islington experience loneliness and social isolation I knew I wanted to do something to help, which is why I decided to set up this project with two of my friends.

Through the Senior Citizens Venture we aim to interact with the elderly people living across the borough to have a positive impact on their lives.

“Both the residents and staff at Bridgeside Lodge Care Centre are really welcoming and are always appreciative of our visits.”

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