We are excited to inform you as part of the Festival of Ageing Better Middlesbrough we are organising another Digital Inclusion event on Wednesday 20th October from 12pm – 3pm in The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall, There is no charge for attending and free refreshments will be provided. Different organisations will be showcasing the latest assistive technology, online resources, and face-to-face support that’s on offer in our local area

Thank you to 

Jeanette Crosby  of  the Hope Foundation for keeping me informed about online activites

A Big Thank You to Tracy from (Middlesbrough Streets Eats) for the packs which were delivered to Sporting Chance members,  I  enjoyed  taking on the different ideas and projects around things to grow and cook  during these restricted times.Sadly this project has now ended.

If you are keen to learn more about  the latest Groundwork project see the Man`s Shed Poster 



Subject: LFT Kits

Hi All

 For anyone to use

Just to advise that free Lateral flow test kits are available for home testing at the following sites.  These are easy to use (7 in a pack) just follow the instructions.

Livewell centre Dundas arcade

Middlesbrough Sports Village

North Ormesby Community hub

Newport Community hub y via the link below



Kind Regards


Brian Parkes

Health Development Officer

Public Health South Tees service


The Live Well Centre

Dundas House

Dundas Shopping Centre




( 01642 728274



Straight from the city of London police fraud team - Extremely sophisticated scam, involving ALL banks. You get a message, saying a payment hasn’t been taken, e.g O2, Vodafone, 3, Giff Gaff or EE, and to click here. As soon as you click, your money is gone. It is the most advanced scam the bank has ever seen. Pass this to everybody you know. Thanks Norman for above

Not a joke but a serious e-mail for a change and one that might save your life. Having read it carefully, I reckoned it worthwhile to circulate to others. Let’s hope that the advice it gives will never be needed.

This comes from Dr. Patrick Teefy, Cardiology Head at the
Nuclear Medicine Institute University Hospital, London, Ontario.
I hope everyone can send this on as it is really important for everyone to know!

  1. Let's say it's 7:25 pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
    2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated
    3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
    4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.
    5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
    Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who
    begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
    7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
    A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
    A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
    8 . Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.
    In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.
    9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
  3. . A cardiologist says: "If everyone who gets this email & kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.
  4. Rather than sending jokes, please contribute by forwarding this email which can save a person's life....
  5. If this message comes around to you ..... more than once..... please don't get irritated.... We all need to be happy that we have many friends who care about us and we are being reminded of how to tackle... Heart attacks.... when we are alone.
    Thanks to Ray Francis for Email


Examples of common Covid-19 scams: So far the PSNI are already aware of; Pension scams, Free Covid-19 testing, free supermarket vouchers, tax rebate scams, DVLA refunds, fake competitions, investment scams, doorstep scams e.g. Collecting groceries or cleaning services, fake fines for leaving your house, free money from the Government, charity scams, and websites selling fake Personal Protective Equipment. Your bank or the police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.

Here are five ways to spot scam emails:

  1. The email asks you to confirm personal information.
  2. The web and email addresses do not look genuine or are from unusual addresses
  3. It’s poorly written, e.g. there are spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.
  4. There’s a suspicious attachment which you must not open.
  5. The message creates a sense of urgency or makes you think you will benefit by clicking.

Old ways of tricking people are still being used, so we need to be careful of unknown visitors. If you are concerned with anyone calling to your door or by phone, seek help from an official source such as the PSNI or a registered charity.

You can phone Quick Check on the police nonemergency telephone number 101. The call will be answered personally and promptly by a trained operator, they can check if your caller is really from the organisation they claim.

Criminals are always on the lookout to exploit people of all ages people. Many of us have rational fears regarding Covid-19 and these fears are used by dishonest people to scam us of money. There are lots of ways people might try to take money from us, for those who have an internet account and use emails this is a common way people may try and con us.

If you think you have fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via