A GROUNDBREAKING pilot scheme designed to reconnect older people with their communities and banish social isolation has been launched in South Lakeland.

The MobileAge project aims to use technology to encourage older people to be more active and combat loneliness.

The social prescribing app, developed by experts at Lancaster University, helps older people identify opportunities to get out and about in their area.

Professor Niall Hayes from Lancaster University, said: "It is fantastic to see the success of the pilot with South Lakes Housing.

"Better connecting older adults with their communities is very important if we are to tackle the so called loneliness epidemic."

The findings of the MobileAge study in South Lakeland will be used to inform written policy briefs for the UK government as well as feeding into results from similar pilots across Europe.