Ageing Better Middlesbrough is changing

Update on changes to the programme now it is in its final year and details of referral availability

For our final year we are focusing mainly on our existing beneficiaries and our capacity for new referrals are limited. We are no longer able to accept new ‘members’ and are not running activities/trips in the same way as previous years. Our revised services for our final year are as follows:

Digital Inclusion and Outreach (accepting referrals) 

Run in partnership with the Hope Foundation and Investing in People and Culture, a team of 3 Digital Support Officers are providing 1-1 and group support to help older people get online and access the internet safely. This can happen on a face-to-face, telephone or online basis depending on the person’s needs. We also have access to a digital lending library and can lend equipment to beneficiaries to support their every day lives e.g. GP appointments, online banking etc.

A key focus of this year’s digital service is to engage with black and minority ethnic older people, and to explore how getting online can be supported with assistive technology for older people experiencing sensory loss.

To refer please contact or ring 01642 23 22 20 or complete this form:

Request for Digital Support

Referral to Digital Inclusion service

Volunteer Telephone Befriending (due to launch summer 2021 – not accepting referrals currently)

Arising from good practice during the 1st year of the pandemic, we will shortly be launching a new volunteer-led befriending service which will carry on after the life of the Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme as a whole (due to financial support from The Ballinger Trust). More info to follow.

Older Persons Wellbeing Service (not accepting referrals currently)

Run in partnership with the Hope Foundation, a team of 3 workers are supporting beneficiaries on a 1-1 basis to reduce individuals’ levels of social isolation and loneliness.

Mental Health Therapies (limited capacity for referrals)

Run in partnership with Impact on Teesside, this service is designed for beneficiaries with the most complex needs. Through Ageing Better Middlesbrough funding, we are able to provide a non-time-limited service.

Referrals meeting Ageing Better Middlesbrough criteria (aged 50+, living in Middlesbrough, experiencing or at risk of social isolation and loneliness) will be fast-tracked to our bespoke service.

To refer please complete the online form here.

Warm Welcome (ABM internal referrals only)

Run in partnership with Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland, this service works with community and faith groups to ensure a ‘warm welcome’ for new people. Further information can be found here.

Food and Friendship (ABM internal referrals only)

Run in partnership with Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland and Middlesbrough Environment City, this service works with socially isolated and lonely beneficiaries using food as a means to encourage greater wellbeing. Further information can be found here.

Ageing Better Membership – now discontinued

Unfortunately we are unable to accept new members and are no longer running the wide variety of activities we offered in the past. We aim to release a news letter / What’s On Guide as community activity opens up alongside the relaxing of social distancing measures and will send this to existing members and stakeholders when available.

Please let us know if you would like us to remove your details from membership so we can update our systems. You can do this by calling 01642 257020 and asking to be put through to one of our team. 




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