The Prime Minister’s Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers – people who are making a change in their community.
Elisabeth and David Carney-Haworth, from Cornwall, are the founders of Silver Stories, bridging the intergenerational gap and tackling loneliness, helping children learn to read by reading to the elderly.
In a personal letter to Elisabeth and David, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I was so enthralled to hear about the brilliance of your Silver Stories initiative.
“The idea of primary school children or “silver readers” telephoning elderly “silver listeners” and reading them a poem or a short story is an ingenious way of combining literacy education with the positive engagement of elderly people.
“At a time when the necessary shielding of many of our elderly has weighed deeply on our national consciousness, I am filled with admiration for your bridging of the intergenerational divide, tackling loneliness and isolation in a safe way.
“So I am delighted to recognise you as the UK’s 1392nd and 1393rd Points of Light and I wish you every possible success as you continue to expand your programme.”
You can read more on this story here: https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/silver-stories/