Five Lamps secures funding to deliver support to people shielding or self-isolating in the current COVID-19 pandemic

October 7th 2020

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded Five Lamps £28,000 to deliver services to the most vulnerable in the Stockton-on-Tees local authority area. The project will run for the next six months with a possible extension.

Our staff are supporting individuals in Stockton on Tees who are shielding or self-isolating with daily telephone calls to help reduce social isolation and help them with food shopping, picking up medication, and sorting any immediate problems out for them such as contact with energy companies that will reduce their level of anxiety. Sometimes a friendly voice is all people will need to hear, for others they may be too scared to venture out to the local supermarket.

We are also providing each service user two packages worth £30 each; one with store cupboard essentials and one a cleaning bundle (donated from the Vinci Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund) to help keep their homes free from infection and reduce the stress and anxiety of trying to finds these products when the supply is limited in supermarkets.

Nichola Storr Quality Manager said,

“We were thrilled to receive this funding and support both our vulnerable members of the community and also people often living on their own who are self-isolating. Our telephone support service is vital at a time when our service users may have no contact at all with anyone from the local community.”

If you or anyone you know could benefit from this service please call Megan Stevens on 07591 951210 or email

We are also currently recruiting a staff member to work on this project as a Home from Hospital Support Worker. Please click here to access our vacancies page if you are interested in applying for this position.