Middlesbrough's most socially isolated older people to benefit from a £6 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund

We are happy to announce that Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind will receive a £6 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund to lead a partnership of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to help up to 10,500 older people in the town. The partnership will target their work in 11 of the town's 21 wards: Gresham, University, Park, Clairville, Beechwood, Ladgate, Kader, Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Pallister and Beckfield.

The Middlesbrough partnership will use outreach workers who will work with local organisations, businesses and clubs, such as community police and libraries to identify socially and contact isolated people to agree plans to improve their wellbeing. Work will focus on older people with health issues, who live alone or who are carers. Psychological support will be offered in people's homes.

Older people will be engaged in activities to support others who are more isolated to build their confidence. Volunteers will learn to use digital technology and social media to share their skills, focussing on people who have been made redundant, retired and finding it difficult to adjust, or unemployed for a long time. Other older people with skills they have gained during their lives will be encouraged to set up clubs for other older people, such as woodwork clubs for men.

'This is the kind of opportunity and investment we rarely dare to dream about. It will give Mind and our partners the opportunity to work along side more than 10,000 people aged over 50 in Middlesborough to tackle the causes of loneliness and isolation.' - Emma Howitt, Cheif Executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind.

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