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.
The initiative is jointly delivered by Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Hope Foundation and Together Middlesbrough and Cleveland.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough's Programme Manager Michelle Dawson said:
"We know that many people are struggling with not being able to connect with each other during this time and we want to do as much as possible to prevent people feeling lonely while they are at home.
"Having someone to chat to over the phone could be a really vital link for some older people to receive some genuine human contact and friendship."
If you or someone you know would like to get in touch, just call 01642 257020, leave a name and contact number and make sure you mention you are interested in the befriending service.
The team will then call you back within two full working days. (Excluding Bank Holidays and weekends)
Alternatively you can visit: https://www.ageingbettermiddlesbrough.org.uk/how-we-can-help/1-to-1-support/
and enter your details into our online form.