This project was one of Moving On Tyne & Wear’s original Innovation Projects. It has now come to a natural end.
Who we worked with
This project supported people aged 50+ who live in South Tyneside and have a long-term health condition. Our aim was to help people:
Manage their health condition more effectively
Gain new skills or develop existing skills
Move towards or into volunteering, training, peer mentoring, or employment
The support we offered
Tailored advice about how to live a healthier life whilst managing your long-term health condition
One-to-one and group support
Health/care plan to help you to progress and reach positive outcomes
Access and referrals to other appropriate services and groups
Activities and events
Peer mentor support from others with long-term health conditions
Peer mentoring opportunities (including training)
Volunteering opportunities (including training)
As well as supporting participants on the project, we aimed to raise awareness of the barriers faced by people aged 50+ with a long-term health condition, in order to help develop services in the future.
We recruited volunteers and peer mentors who have experience of long-term health conditions, in order to draw on their skills and experiences to help support those in their local community and those engaging with the project.
As a volunteer or peer mentor, people were provided with training, support, and development opportunities through our peer mentor training programme.