North Tyneside Disability Forum Ltd has secured a £4956 Assura Community Fund grant for our ‘Wor Effort’ befriending project supporting vulnerable older people.

 The scheme, led by North Tyneside Disability Forum’s Older Peoples Project and enables our  more resilient older NTDF members to offer peer support and befriending to the more vulnerable of their peers.

The impact of COVID19 and the requirements to it, have left many older people especially, feeling isolated and anxious and thanks to a £4956 grant from the Assura Community Fund, administered by Cheshire Community Foundation,  NTDF will work to ensure regular contact with those older people, once active participants in our weekly programme of opportunities, who are now reluctant to re engage socially and are suffering emotional fragility alongside their already being disadvantaged by disability and/or ill health.

Assura is a national business, building and developing primary care health centres. The Community Fund is their way of supporting the people living near to their buildings, and focuses on health and wellbeing projects delivered by the most effective local charities.

 Cheshire Community Foundation are expert grant-makers and Assura have partnered with CCF as their local Community Foundation for 3 years, and together they have awarded over a million pounds of grants to charities.


Zoe Sheppard, the Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation said:

It is an honour to partner Assura to manage their Community Fund, and the £1 million milestone is such an exciting achievement in our longstanding collaboration. Through their generosity and commitment to their communities, Assura really are changing lives for the better. We look forward to an exciting future working in partnership with the Assura team.


Sue Adams CEO North Tyneside Disability Forum said:

‘Older disabled people have been additionally disadvantaged by  COVID19 and their day to day quality of life has suffered.  NTDF are seeing an increasing number of older people , seeming to ‘withdraw’ from what had been a relatively active life. Many are now scared to venture beyond their front doors. This ASSURA support will help NTDF to harness older peoples appetite to each support the other and we are confident that befriending and peer support will help as many older people as possible to re engage in life.’

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