A SKIPTON based friendship group is hosting a special get-together to encourage people to make new friends.

The Oddfellows branch in the town is holding a family day at The Three Links Club, Rectory Lane, on Saturday, September 14.

The event is part of the club's involvement in Oddfellows national friendship month, which runs throughout September.

Rachel Dawson, social organiser for Skipton branch of Oddfellows, said: “Many studies have proved how regular company is essential to living a happier life. In fact, some would say that spending time with friends is as important as eating healthily or exercising. Friends aren’t just there to socialise with, they provide support and comfort in times of need.

“Most of us make our friends through work, family or education. As we age and our life changes, we have less access to these everyday social opportunities, which can contribute towards social isolation in a huge way.”

It is the tenth anniversary of friendship month, an annual awareness campaign run by the Oddfellows to celebrate the power of friendship, and to highlight the need to keep social as people age, and to help them stay connected to their communities.

Rachel added: “The Oddfellows is here to offer friendship and support all year round, but every September, as part of friendship month, we put on lots of exciting events which are perfect for first introductions."

Sunday's walk and cream tea will set off from The Three Links Club, Rectory Lane.

The family day on Saturday, September 14 will run from 10am and will include refreshments, family games and live music.

To find out more about Skipton Oddfellows, contact rachel.dawson@oddfellows.co.uk or call 01756 798022.