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A longstanding Newcastle charity which helps around 1,000 older people in the city's West End every year is extending its advice service with the help of a four-figure grant from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation.
Search Newcastle works to promote and protect the health, wealth and well-being of local older people, with a view to helping as many as possible to stay healthy, secure and actively involved in their communities.
Its free confidential advice service is available to anyone over 50 and their carers in the West End and covers a wide range of different topics, including financial matters, energy advice, benefits checks, wills and Blue Badge applications.
Our £3,000 grant is now enabling Search to bring a new member of staff onto the team, which will help them meet the rising local demand for its support.
The funding is being provided through our Community Fund, which offers grants to charities and community groups located in or around the communities served by our branch network.
Lai Yee Tsang, Lead Worker for the Advice and Information Service at Search Newcastle, says: “Our advice service is always busy, with many of the people that contact us facing multiple barriers to living independently, and our work focuses on finding the right kinds of information and advice that will improve their quality of life.
“Bringing an extra advisor onto the team will mean we’re able to reach more people who need our help more quickly, which is especially important at the moment, and we’re very grateful to the Society for the support they’re providing.”