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New fund to help make Middlesbrough more age friendly

Applications are open for the Age Friendly Middlesbrough fund, with up to £3,000 for groups and individuals who have ideas to help older people live happy and healthy lives.

The fund was launched by Ageing Better Middlesbrough, a National Lottery Community Fund programme that is finding ways to reduce loneliness and isolation for people aged 50 and over.​

Anya Deputat, Age Friendly Middlesbrough Officer at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, said: "The activities and ideas must be targeted at people who live in Middlesbrough and must benefit people aged 50 and over.

"We would also love applications that bring people from different age groups together.

"Kay from our team can help anyone who wants to apply and will be able to support them to develop their ideas and complete the application.

"There is so much happening in town already that brings people together.  We want to support this fantastic work through our fund and help even more age friendly initiatives take place."

For more information and to apply go to or call Ageing Better Middlesbrough's Engagement Officer Kay on 01642 061019 or email

Leading the vision to become Age Friendly is a partnership of people from Ageing Better Middlesbrough, Ageing Better Middlesbrough Action Group (ABMAG) - an action group of older people, Public Health and the National Lottery Community Fund.

Middlesbrough is part of the UK Network of Age Friendly Communities, and is working towards joining the World Health Organisation international network of Age Friendly places.