What’s important is that ability to develop a relationship with people that do have different views,” he said. The charity, which runs a range of retirement villages, is involved in a programme which matches students to elderly residents to take part in a shared activity. Pat Ison, an 82-year-old from Bristol, was matched with a student from the University of West England, who helped teach her computer skills. With no grandchildren, Pat hadn’t spent time with young people since before she retired. “You get rather tucked away when you get older. I was a bit wary they might think I was just an old lady and a bit stupid but they were all very patient,” said Pat. “Really I found we’re all just the same. I found it very encouraging I could communicate with young people and we got on very well.” Pat said she is still in touch with the student she was partnered with. “I think it’s really good for the generations to mix. We get to hear their ideas instead of forming our ideas from newspapers about what young people think,” she said.