Three years of funding from the National Lottery

July 4th 2019

Five Lamps is extremely pleased to announce that we have secured a 3 year grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a Home from Hospital Service.  The project has created two new full time Support Worker posts that are based at North Tees University Hospital.

The Support Workers help people coming out of hospital with anything from their transport home; ensuring the heating works and the house is tidy; collecting shopping or prescriptions and liaising with a wide range of other services to reduce the chance that this person will end up back in hospital.

To be eligible for the free service you have to be a resident living within the Stockton-on-Tees local authority and be over 50 years old.

Our Support Workers can also provide a vital link between the older person and the outside world at a time when they are still recovering from an accident or illness and encourage them to be involved in social inclusion activities including Five Lamps lunch club (which is every Tuesday at South Thornaby Community Centre).

This is a warm and welcoming environment to stimulate older people to take up new opportunities and make new friends.  Our staff can also make referrals to services such as the Citizens Advice Bureau for further support needs and a handyperson service to ensure that outstanding repairs in the home are completed.

When older people come out of hospital, they can need more support than usual to help get them back on their feet. Five Lamps’ Home from Hospital service provides this support for up to 14 days post discharge from University Hospital North Tees. This project has been fully funded by the Community National Lottery Community Fund.

Home from Hospital Project Manager Nichola Storr said,

“I’m thrilled to have received this funding to provide a much needed service to the community to ensure we reduce hospital readmissions and support our Service Users to become independent again and meet new friends.”

For further information about the service or to arrange a referral, please contact Julie Gregson or Megan Stevens on, 07739 973394 or 07591951210