Age UK Gateshead will be helping more older people throughout the borough thanks to a grant from The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund.
The charity’s Advocacy Support programme has received £4,927 to help deliver support to people aged over 50 with mental health and financial challenges.
The grant comes from The Gateshead Housing Company’s Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.
The team will work with older people across Gateshead to encourage social interaction through individual advocacy and peer advocacy groups.
Age UK Gateshead provides a wide range of services and activities for older people throughout the borough. It aims to reduce isolation, provide financial advice, promote independent living, and give access to wellbeing services.
Julie Latimer from Age UK Gateshead said: “This money from the Community Fund will help Age UK support older people across Gateshead.
“The Advocacy Support programme will make a huge difference to their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.”
Jon Goodwin, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation said: “We were delighted to fund this work to support older people trapped in a vicious circle of financial difficulty and mental health issues.”
The charity is one of many community projects to receive funding from The Community Fund. The fund offers cash and in-kind awards from £500 to £5,000 to groups that support people to overcome disadvantage, create stronger communities and make Gateshead an even better place to live.
Since 2006, the Community Fund has awarded cash and in-kind grants totalling over £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.