We are a National Lottery Community Funded programme that has £6 million to spend over six years, 2015 to 2021. We find out what works to reduce loneliness and isolation for people who are aged over 50 and live in Middlesbrough.
We are part of a national Ageing Better Programme – a £78 million investment of The National Lottery Community Fund to support people in later life.
We work across Middlesbrough in lots of different ways to help reduce loneliness and isolation in people who are over 50:
- We use asset based community development approaches to make sure community groups have the resources and skills to keep people active and develop social opportunities for people to connect.
- We organise taster sessions to introduce people to new activities.
- We support older people to use digital technology.
- We created and now manage a membership of older people. We share information with them about groups, activities and opportunities in their area. We support our members to connect with each other and promote stories that highlight ageing well in Middlesbrough.
- We build relationships with representatives from local businesses, charities, care organisations, community venues and groups and the public sector, who are already linked into their communities. We help support and publicise the work that they do and find ways to work with them to recruit members and support older people.
- We work one to one in people’s homes and community centres to help individuals make positive changes to feel less lonely and isolated. This includes providing specialist mental health support to those who need it.
- We find ways to listen and learn from the diverse range of older people we have met who live here. This includes asylum seekers and refugees, faith communities and BAME populations.
- We inspire older people to keep living their lives how they want to, and to find joy in company and activity.
Find out how to get in touch with us here.
How we can help
You can find out more about our teams and the work they do here.
How we work
We co-design our programme with older people, putting their voice at the heart of design, delivery and evaluation.
Co-design is a way of working on issues and solving problems that harness the knowledge and skills of people who lived experience of those issues.
We do this at all levels, from formal workshops and interviews, to conversations with older people at events and activities.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough Action Group – ABMAG
ABMAG is made up of about 12 older people, The group’s role is to actively participate in the programme, helping to make decisions about how money is spent, which organisations we commission, staff recruitment and programme evaluation.
Find out more about ABMAG here.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough is supported and guided by a Core Partnership of 12 local organisations who meet monthly.
The Core Partnership has been in place since November 2013 and members work together to make decisions, steer the development of the programme and provide governance.
Age Friendly Communities
Our ambition is to make Middlesbrough an Age Friendly Community. We will use the momentum and reputation of the programme so far to achieve this vision.
Work is already underway to launch this exciting initiative and there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved.