Local charities have teamed up with Middlesbrough Council this winter to make sure older people receive the help they need, delivered straight to their door.
The new Warm and Well Winter Support Project, which has been set up by The Teesside Family Foundation, Ageing Better Middlesbrough and Staying Put Agency (from Middlesbrough Council), will provide essential supplies to older people to help them stay warm, active and busy over the festive period.
Many older people have been hit particularly hard hit by the pandemic, having been cut off from family and friends and unable to access the internet, so it's hoped this service can go a long way in to helping those who need it across Middlesbrough.
As well as crucial help with boiler repairs, the team will provide heaters, hats, gloves, blankets, activity packs and wellbeing items. A telephone service has also been set up for those who would like a friendly phone call.
Michelle Dawson, Ageing Better Programme Manager said: "We know there are lots of older people in Middlesbrough who will struggle to keep their homes warm this winter and others who will be feeling especially lonely and isolated.
"We have joined forces to make the winter months easier and help older people stay safe but also to spread a bit of happiness."
If you would like to access this service, or know someone who would benefit, please call 01642 257020 or complete the online form on the Ageing Better Middlesbrough website.