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4 Jan 2008

Happy At Home Project Helps Bring People Together

Press release

The Happy at Home Christmas get together in St Gregory's Church Hall. The Happy at Home Christmas get together in St Gregory's Church Hall.

Local residents and volunteers from the Happy at Home project joined the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alex Donaldson and his wife Brenda, at a recent event to help people who are socially isolated.

The Happy at Home project, which is a Churches Together South Tyneside project run with support from South Tyneside Council, is a befriending service that helps socially isolated people in the borough.

Councillor Donaldson said: "The Happy at Home project is a fantastic initiative as it allows people who are isolated to receive some companionship in their own homes.

This most recent event, which was held before Christmas, not only gave the people using the project a chance to meet each other and our befrienders, but it gave the organisers a chance to gain feedback from them so that they can develop and improve the project.

The event went really well and it was great to see how successful the project has become. I would encourage anyone interested in becoming a befriender to get in touch, as it's a really worthwhile initiative that is growing and helping more people in the borough lead happier and healthier lives."

To find out more about the Happy at Home project and how you can become a befriender, contact Yvonne Shanley on 0191 283 1309.

Caption: Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside at the Happy at Home Christmas get together at St Gregory's Church Hall in South Shields. Also pictured is Helena Wilkinson and Marjorie Hall, who receive visits through this project and Victoria Barclay from the Council's Commissioning and Community Care team, Bernadette Askins, Chair of Churches Together South Tyneside and befrienders Canon Brian Hails and Enid Bond.