AN organisation which provides home care and a volunteer driver scheme has been given a £7,000 funding boost to tackle social isolation.

Supportive has secured a grant for a transport scheme through the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership’s (AAP) older persons social isolation fund.

The fund is allocated to each of the 14 area Action Partnerships to support community led initiatives that improve the quality of lives of people over the age of 50 who maybe socially isolated.

The initiatives encourage participation in activities and projects that provide opportunities for residents to engage with their community.

The charity’s volunteer driver scheme has been running for almost 25 years.

It has supported thousands of vulnerable people over the age of 50 through promoting independence and providing transport for social activities, supporting carers and the recently bereaved.

John Davison, chief executive at Supportive, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP in their focus on social isolation and getting people back out into their communities. Social isolation and mental health are sometimes the unspoken topics, but we want to help in changing that."

Andrew Walker, Bishop Auckland and Shildon AAP coordinator, said: "The funding will provide transport for older and isolated residents in the Bishop Auckland and Shildon area."