Ageing Better Middlesbrough have set up a free telephone befriending service for older people living in Middlesbrough. Those who sign up will receive regular telephone calls from a member of the team, who are there to provide reassurance, support and a friendly voice.
Public areas of Middlesbrough are to be spruced up following the first wave of the Council's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Now the Council's Community and Shielding Hubs are up and running, and with communities adjusting to the Government's lockdown regulations, some Area Care services are being reinstated.
Information on following the government's Coronavirus advice has been translated into an array of languages for Middlesbrough's diverse communities. More than 1,000 leaflets are being hand-delivered to non-English speakers this week in Newport and North Ormesby.
Advice has been issued this week on temporary arrangements for deaths where no next of kin or other family can be traced. The guidance comes amid social distancing and other measures introduced by the Government to halt the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Middlesbrough's most vulnerable children will receive free books to read during the Coronavirus lockdown. Staff from Middlesbrough Council's Prevention department (Early Help), Children's Social Care, and Property Services have worked in partnership with the National Literacy Trust Middlesbrough Reads to gift books for the town's children.
Middlesbrough Town Hall will fly an NHS flag in a show of solidarity with all those working to keep people safe. The iconic blue and white logo will be joined by a rainbow flag to symbolise the community spirit shown by so many people during the Covid-19 crisis.
A major appeal has been made for Middlesbrough residents to support local foodbanks which have seen a sharp rise in users. Middlesbrough Foodbank serves around 7,700 individuals, but since the Coronavirus outbreak the service has seen a sharp rise in the number of people using it, and also a decrease in food donations.
Drivers are being urged to curb their speed as coronavirus measures have led to more people walking on the roads. Campaign group Road Safety GB North East (RSGB NE) said since the North East went into lockdown ten days ago, there had been a notable shift in both driver and pedestrian behaviour on the region’s roads.
Local artists and those in creative industries are being made aware of grants for those working in the sector. Arts Council England are making £20m available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers.
Sporting clubs and organisations in Middlesbrough are being urged to take a look at a major package of grants being made available amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Sport England have pledged £195m in grants in order to allow the sports and physical activity sector to survive and thrive post Covid-19.