Age Concern Epsom and Ewell have recently set up New Style Men’s Group for older men living in the area.

According to the cross-party Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness by the Royal Voluntary Service, more than a quarter of men aged 65-69 said retiring left them feeling lonely.

This new group will enable like-minded men of retirement age to get together and form friendships around activities they choose, rather than a set menu of options.

The pilot scheme has been set-up this year thanks to national lottery funding, which Age Concern was awarded in November 2017.

Ian Parsons, project coordinator, said: "The group was designed after some men in Epsom and Ewell were becoming isolated.

"We are open to all suggestions of activities and will assist members to achieve their choices as best possible.

"This model is an exciting new opportunity for those who join as the activities will be drawn from its members preferences and wishes."

Age Concern, which is based in The Parade, Epsom, will broker the group and its members will run as many of the activities as they can.

Skilled volunteers will support the group with the emphasis being on members making decisions on its direction, and having fun.

The Men’s Group could evolve into several smaller groups engaging in a variety of projects to suit personal interests.

Mr Parsons said they can also help with transport if needed, contact Ian at Age Concern to learn more: 01372 732 463 or