Small Acts of Kindness, a Hertfordshire based charity committed to reducing loneliness for older people, have teamed up with Natwest to hold a series of events allowing people over 55 to gain free financial and wellbeing advice.

An event on February 4 is the first of a county-wide project to hold sessions to meet financial experts, have tea and cakes, and find out activities and services for older people who may be feeling lonely or isolated.

In teaming up with Natwest, the events will also be an opportunity to help prevent older people from becoming victims to financial scams.

Firefighters from Watford Fire Station will give advice about their free service to keep you safe at home, while Small Acts of Kindness will hand out gift bags and information packs to provide further support against loneliness.

Talking about the launch of the project, Lynne Misner, the CEO of Small Acts of Kindness, said: “In a world where the internet is often the first place to look for information, many older people find themselves digitally isolated and unable to access basic information and support.

“This project creates opportunities to share information face-to-face in a relaxed environment, helping build stronger, more resilient communities and connecting older people better to relevant activities and services.

“This can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and create a sense of belonging, which can often have positive effects on physical and mental wellbeing.”

Fax Siraj, Natwest Community Banker added: “Natwest have a commitment to ensuring our services are accessible to everyone.

“Scams are the fastest growing crime in the UK, in partnership with National Trading Standards we are looking to raise awareness as well as where to go for help and support.”

The first Tea and Cake at the Bank morning will take place on Tuesday 4 February between 10.30am and 12.30pm at the Natwest on High Street, Watford and is welcome to everyone regardless of where they bank.