A CHARITY has released a short film about loneliness, friendship and dancing to mark the end of Loneliness Awareness Week 2021.

It tells the story of an elderly man called Len whose life has been impacted by the work of Age UK Oxfordshire.

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In the video, created by Stone Barrell, an Oxford-based creative communications agency, Len talks about his life before and after meeting Rachel, an Age UK Oxfordshire worker who has become his friend.

Sarah Stone, co-director and content lead at Stone Barrell said: “As soon as we started talking to Len, we knew the world needed to hear his story. It’s all too easy to reduce people to a demographic or an age, and through this video we wanted to show that people like Len are so much more than that.

"Len loves dancing to classical music, he’s funny and hospitable, and he has some pretty great dance moves.

“The work that Age UK Oxfordshire is doing to help people like Len practically – as well as helping them combat loneliness – is so important. We wanted more people to know about what this amazing charity is doing.”

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Stone Barrell produced the three-minute video for free, having come across their work by chance.

Ms Stone added: “The work Age UK Oxfordshire has done through the pandemic has been incredible and the fact they will be helping people afterwards, too, is so inspiring.

"They’re a really great charity and we hope this little film will make more people aware of what they’re doing."

To watch the film go to www.youtube.com.

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