Research carried out by Teesside University about evening and weekend loneliness found that people are affected more by loneliness during the winter, as the evenings feel longer with the dark nights and people struggle to find something to occupy their time.
The study was commissioned by Ageing Better Middlesbrough, which is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund.
Jayne Anderton, Team Lead for the Outreach Team at Ageing Better Middlesbrough, works to support people who are lonely and isolated.
Jayne said: “We know that people can struggle to get out during the winter. With dark evenings drawing in and the cold weather making people more vulnerable to illness, higher fuel bills can be worrying too.
“We want to let people who are over 50 in Middlesbrough know that our team is here to support them get out and about in the community. We can work with them to find positive ways round some of the barriers that come about in the cold weather.
“We are encouraging doctor’s surgeries and community venues to help us spread the word that there is help in Middlesbrough for people who feel more lonely or isolated during the winter months.”
If you or someone you know feels lonely or isolated, lives in Middlesbrough and is 50 or over you can contact Ageing Better Middlesbrough on 01642 257030 and visit the website for more information www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk