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Age UK Teesside needs volunteers.

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Age UK Teesside, helping older people love later life

helping older peopleAge UK Teesside is a charity working to help older people in Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough and Stockton. Our staff and volunteers campaign and help over-50s with their health and wellbeing, finances and independence in their communities. We provide:

  • Social activities help older people stay active, involved and enjoying their lives
  • Information and advice, especially on entitlement to benefits, energy use and other financial needs
  • Valuable products and services including insurance and mobility aids.

Albert’s story – a success for befriending service

The touching story of adopted Teessider Albert is told in this new video highlighting the important work of “befrienders” in helping older people living in social isolation.

Albert, 92, is originally from Consett but – following naval service in World War II – settled in Thornaby. Following the death of wife Brenda, he has had invaluable help thanks to the work of Age UK Teesside and its befriending service.

Age UK Teesside urgently needs new volunteers to support its befriending service. Could you help?

If so, contact Health & Wellbeing Manager Michelle Tierney on: 01642 803324

Become part of our story

Contact details for all our locations

01642 805 500 01642 805 500

Urgent Volunteer Befrienders required

Volunteer Befrienders required to visit socially isolated and lonely older people in their own homes in Redcar, Stockton and Billingham.

A couple of hours per week makes such a difference to an older person’s life.

For more, see the job specification or contact Janet Murphy on 01642 805500 to discuss the role and get an application form,

  • New strategy for Age UK Teesside aims to help thousands of older people

    Age UK Teesside has launched a new and ambitious strategy to respond to the growing numbers and needs of over-50s in the area through delivering innovative services which empower individuals to achieve their maximum potential and quality of independent living.

    The number of older people is soaring, leading to growing problems including dementia, isolation and mental illness and alcohol abuse. At the same time, local authority and NHS budgets are under pressure, meaning that charities such as Age UK must step in to help fulfil the need for support services.

    Responding to the Care Act 2014, the three-year strategy reinforces the shift in the way we think about older people, away from dependency towards independence and wellbeing. It sets out ambitious objectives to:

    • Maintain and improve our services and develop new services and partnerships to help older people in Teesside live independently and improve their wellbeing.
    • Increase the capacity of the organisation to deliver advice and activities.
    • Diversify income to provide high quality services.
    • Create greater awareness of Age UK Teesside, acting as “a voice for older people” in the area.
    • Develop our staff and volunteers, helping them meet the increasing needs of our service users.

    Specific initiatives aimed at improving the organisation’s service include:

    • Developing new and innovative ways of helping older people.
    • Recruiting new trustees and volunteers.
    • Raising the profile of the charity through marketing and publicity programmes.
    • Improving income generation by accessing existing and new funding streams and generating more of our own income through fundraising.

    Age UK Teesside Chair of Trustees Hannah Bows said: “This is an exciting plan in which we are aiming to increase our impact, building on our current work with over 6,000 service users and growing that figure by 10% each year.”

  • Teesside’s loneliest places revealed

    Three of England’s worst 100 neighbourhoods for loneliness among older people are in Teesside, new research from Age UK reveals.

    Owton in Hartlepool is the 72nd most lonely place for over-65s in the country, with Pallister in Middlesbrough coming in at 89th and Stockton Town Centre 92nd.

    The research matches data from the last census with factors which are known to cause loneliness to give a ranking for 32,843 neighbourhoods across England.

    Over 40 neighbourhoods in Hartlepool, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland were found to be in the “very high risk” category.

    Age UK Teesside Chief Executive Anne Sykes said: “These are deeply worrying figures which highlight the extent to which older people are at risk from a lack of social interaction, closeness and affection from family and friends.”

    Age UK says the complex factors which contribute to loneliness in later life include poor health, lack of mobility, being widowed, living alone, having difficulties with eyesight and not having a pet.

    Anne Sykes said: “With a rapidly ageing population, this is an increasing problem. By identifying these “hotspots”, we will be able to work with local authorities, other charities and partners to deliver services which help to tackle the scourge of loneliness.”

    Age UK Teesside provides a wide range of services in all four boroughs to help tackle loneliness, including befriending, social and health & wellbeing activities, information and advice and financial services designed for older people.

  • Santander volunteers back Phoenix Project

    Age UK Teesside received fantastic support from staff at Santander Bank for our Phoenix Project in Middlesbrough.

    Staff joined in at the project for a two-week period, helping with carpet bowls, lunch & social, crafts and the lunch & friendship group, as well as donating a hamper as a raffle prize.

Age UK team races to raise funds

The team from Age UK Teesside A team from Age UK Teesside successfully completed the Ali Brownlee 5k road race, raising valuable funds for our work with older people across the area. We will soon be announcing a series of major fund-raising initiatives to help support our work locally.