A LONELINESS charity is hosting an intergenerational conference today (Thursday, June 28).

Funded through the Health Technology Wales Scheme and 1,000 Lives, Ffrind i mi (or Friend of mine) is a new Aneurin Bevan University Health Board initiative to make sure anyone who feels lonely is supported to reconnect with their communities.

The charity recruits volunteers to support those who are lonely and/or isolated, and try to match their interests to those of the people they are helping. interests e.g. gardening, watching sport, dog walking etc.

The Building Bridges Across Generations conference is being held in the Christchurch Centre, Malpas, Newport, and will run from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Vice Lorn Lieutenant of Gwent, Andrew Tuggey CBE, will open the conference, and other guest speakers include CEO of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Judith Paget, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales Sophie Howe and the minister for children, older people and social care, AM Huw Irranca-Davies.