Alf Clay is in his 80's but he's not going to let anyone define him by his date of birth.
Born up the road in Birmingham, Alf has lived most of his life in Bromsgrove where he still entertains his friends and family whenever he gets the chance to play a tune or two on his mouth organ.
At the recent launch of Worcestershire County Council's ground-breaking initiative to tackle loneliness, Alf found himself centre stage, performing in front of a government minister.
The scheme called Reconnections, is the first of its kind in the country. Across the UK there are over a million people aged 65+ who regularly experience loneliness.
More than 3,000 vulnerable people are being helped to overcome loneliness through the scheme. Alf is one of those 3,000 and he says that Reconnections has changed his life. Years ago he suffered from cancer and he admits that rocked him. He stopped the volunteering that he used to do and found himself becoming more and more isolated. Since he discovered Reconnections he says that's all changed and his diary is now full. Alf is once again an active volunteer and recommends others to do the same, to put something back into the community, but also to help them to meet new people.
On hearing Alf's story Robert Wilson MP, the Minister for Civil Society, said that Reconnections was getting to the heart of some of the most entrenched social problems that we face as a country. He went on to pledge his support for the scheme and he described Alf Clay as "an inspiration to others."
The Reconnections service is provided by Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire, together with local voluntary and community organisations. Reconnections covers the whole of Worcestershire and aims to reduce older people’s feelings of loneliness by reconnecting them with interests, sharing skills and activities in their local communities.