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Intergenerational volunteers bring Christmas cheer to Crickhowell elderly.

Young people taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh scheme in Crickhowell and Abergavenny have been helping to spread some Christmas cheer among the elderly in the area.

They visited Greenhill Residential Home and Oaklands in Llangynidr on Monday 17th December 2012 and sang Christmas carols together with the residents.

The visit was part of a new intergenerational volunteer programme being run by Crickhowell and  Abergavenny volunteer bureau and Crickhowell Neighbourhood policing team.

"This is a great initiative and example of partnership working with the Volunteer Bureau and the Duke of Edinburgh project,” said local PC Andy Pole. “We hope to continue the voluntary work with the elderly, which in turn breaks down the barriers that are often spoken about between young people and the elderly.   We want to create a community where we look after each other.”

These sentiments were echoed by the local policing inspector with responsibility for Neighbourhood Policing in Breconshire.

“This exciting pilot has been launched in Crickhowell in an attempt to reduce the fear of crime among the older generation living within our communities,” said Inspector Andy Reed. “Dyfed Powys Police are proud to have one of the lowest levels of crime in England and Wales, and it is anticipated that this Inter-generational initiative will assist with providing both the younger and older members of the community, a greater understanding of the effects each can inadvertently have on the other.”