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Imagine not having to worry, knowing you're not alone and that help is always there.

What Connect is

Connect offers emergency help and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's simple to use and gives you added security and peace of mind. We are committed to supporting people across Middlesbrough, helping them to remain safe and independent in their own homes.

Who Connect is for

Connect can help if you:

  • feel vulnerable
  • feel unsafe at home
  • have a disability
  • have a medical condition
  • care for someone

Sometimes you just need to know that someone is there for you or your loved one if they're needed.

How Connect works

Alarm unit – no landline required

Connect alarm units are specifically designed to raise an alarm call from anywhere in your home by simply pressing the personal alarm pendant or the large illuminated red button on the unit.

Connect alarm units allow hands-free communication between you and the Contact Centre operator when an alarm call is raised.

All equipment installed in your home allows you to alert our Contact Centre if you have a personal or medical emergency which you need help with. The Contact Centre is located in Middlesbrough.

Once the alarm call is activated, you can communicate with one of our advisors using the built-in speaker on the unit. The advisor will assist you in the best possible way.

For a small fee, we can also hold a key for you in our secure safe, or arrange for a key safe to be installed.

Cost

  • Alarm unit - £5.56 per week

If you get Pension Credit - Guaranteed Credit, there is currently no charge for the service.

You'll be provided with:

  • free installation
  • Connect alarm unit and pendant
  • 24 hour emergency response service, should you need it

We can also offer:

  • Additional pendants - £1 per week
  • Daily assurance call - 86p per call
  • Key holding - 59p per week
  • Key safe installation - contact the Staying Put Agency on 0800 587 5184

How to get Connect

Our friendly, helpful staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer all your questions. They can also arrange to visit you and demonstrate the service for free.

For more information, call us on 01642 726009, or fill in the online Connect request form and one of our staff will call you to discuss the service.

What our customers say about Connect

"Words cannot express my gratitude to the two ladies who responded to my dad’s emergency call in the early hours of Friday morning. It was quite a traumatic experience, not only for my husband and me, but also or more so for my dad. You kept him calm and comfortable, and the kindness continued when the paramedics arrived. Many, many thanks to you both and to anyone else at the Centre involved in the kindness and care shown to my father and me. Thank you all once again."

"I just wanted to express my gratitude for all the help and support my husband and I have received from all of you. Every one of you who have answered my calls for help have arrived quickly and with unfailing good humour, and I really don’t know what we would do without you, it is a wonderful service. So thanks once again for all you do for us."

"It's a very good service and I feel at ease knowing you are just a ding dong away."

"It gives my daughter peace of mind when she goes out as I can ring for help if needed till she comes back."

"He doesn't use it often but when he needs them the response is quick."

"It's very easy to use and I feel better to know it's there."

Telecare

We also offer a range of Telecare equipment, which uses personal and environmental sensors around the home to help people maintain an independent and dignified life in their own home. Read more about the Telecare service.