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What is Ageing Better Middlesbrough?

Ageing Better Middlesbrough is a six year, £6 million programme aimed at reducing loneliness and social isolation for people aged 50 and over in Middlesbrough. It’s made up of several different projects and organisations working together to support and empower local older people. The programme collects and shares information about exciting opportunities in Middlesbrough and different ways to connect to your community and enjoy everything it has to offer!

Who can it help?

Ageing Better Middlesbrough works with people aged 50 and over to reduce loneliness and social isolation.

What types of support are available?

There are lots of ways to get involved in Ageing Better Middlesbrough. We support older people in Middlesbrough to lead fuller, happier and more active lives and deliver a range of projects focusing on community development, specialist support, volunteering and digital skills. Actes delivers the peer friendship element of the project by recruiting and supporting Peer Friendship Volunteers, supporting people to feel less lonely and isolated and helping them to reconnect with other people and / or activities in their local community.

How do I get in touch with Ageing Better Middlesbrough?

If you are over 50 you can contact the Ageing Better Middlesbrough programme on 01642 257030 to meet someone from our team.

To become a Peer Friendship volunteer or to find out more about what’s involved contact Paula Taylor on 07595 453074 or email

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What is Trending?

Trending is a new concept clothing bank which provides good quality free clothing to people living in Middlesbrough. Actes has secured funding from the Talent Match Middlesbrough's Innovation Fund and Middlesbrough's Financial Inclusion Group to open Trending, which aims to reduce the stigma attached to receiving clothing donations. The project aims to supply formal, casual clothing and work wear to individuals so that they can be better equipped for employment, education and training. It will also provide casual clothing for those without disposable income.

Who can it help?

Trending can supply clothing to people living in Middlesbrough.

What support is available?

Good quality clothing which has been washed, ironed and made fit for purpose on site is available for those who need it. You can bid for the clothes you want without any money changing hands, through the Trending Facebook page and you can then collect the clothing from the boutique inspired Trending shop. We hope that this enables people to accept free clothing donations with dignity as they are receiving the same shopping experience that they might get from any high street or online retailer.

How do I get in touch with Trending?

There are a number of ways to get involved with Trending both as a volunteer and through the donation of good quality clothing. If you know someone who is in need of the service, contact Trending on 01642 232872 or search for on Facebook to find the virtual shop.



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