Ageing Better Middlesbrough launch

We launched the Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme on Monday 14th December 2015 in the new Curve.

We launched the Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme on Monday 14th December 2015 in the new Curve building at Teesside University. As a partnership of older people and Middlesbrough organisations working together to reduce loneliness and isolation we had members from our Advisory Group presenting at the event.

Ageing Better Middlesbrough has received £6 million over six years from the Big Lottery Fund. Loneliness and isolation are becoming a bigger health risk to our rapidly ageing population, with some research suggesting that it is just as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Our Programme Manager, Michelle Dawson says, “This is a real opportunity to make a difference to older people in Middlesbrough. The programme will be delivering a variety of different projects, including 1:1 support in people’s homes, peer friendship volunteering and specialist counselling. All the projects will help us better understand how loneliness effects our communities and we want to enable people to come together and find new ways to connect with each other where they live. I would urge anybody who is interested in finding out more to get in touch and become a member of Ageing Better Middlesbrough.”

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The attendees at the launch were welcomed by Councillor Mick Thompson and the Chief Executive at Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, Emma Howitt.

Teesside University are working with us at Ageing Better Middlesbrough and will gather and assess a wide range of information to provide feedback about the project. One of the ways the University’s researchers will be doing this is by collecting people’s stories about any changes they see or experience. 

Dr Alison Jarvis, from the University’s School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, said: “This project is tackling a vital issue affecting older people in Middlesbrough, doing so in a way which involves and engages them throughout. The University’s research will be taking the same approach; working with people every step of the way and encouraging them to lead activity by equipping them to investigate what they think is important.”

If you are interested in becoming involved in the University’s research you can contact Dr Alison Jarvis on O1642 342312 or email a.jarvis@tees.ac.uk.

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