More than 10,000 socially isolated older people in Middlesbrough and Stockton are to benefit from £5,998,248 funding from the Big Lottery.
Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind received the fund, which will be used to lead a partnership of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to help up to 10,500 older people.
Outreach workers will team up with organisations such as community police and libraries to identify socially isolated people.
The organisation also wants to encourage a more diverse range of activities for older people with plans including target shooting, walking, football and ukulele playing.
Emma Howitt, chief executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, said: "We won't be providing services in the traditional sense - we will be working alongside older people to give them the opportunity to organise their own networks providing friendship and mutual support."
Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England chairman, said: "There are concerns about a ticking time bomb facing adult social care, but older people have a wealth of experience and skills to offer their communities. We need to tap into this - to help them help themselves and others living alone."
The partnership will target its work in 11 wards: Gresham, University, Park, Clairville, Beechwood, Ladgate, Kader, Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Pallister and Beckfield.
A house in Stockton was damaged by a firearm late last night. Police are appealing for information after the incident on Kensington Road.
Police are appealing for information after a window was shot out of a house in Stockton. Officers believe a firearm was used to deliberately damage the property on Kensington Road at 10.30pm on August 31.
People were inside the house but nobody was injured.
Stockton sprinter Richard Kilty has been reflecting on his recent success at the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships.
The 24-year-old won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100m relay in Glasgow and a gold medal in the same event in Zurich last weekend.
Kilty was back in the North East today giving a coaching session to young athletes in Gateshead.
Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Stockton which has left a man in hospital with serious injuries.
The 34-year-old victim was walking his dog at the rear of St John’s Close on Queens Park in Stockton at around 10.30pm last night, Tuesday 19th August, when he was approached by a man who demanded he hand over his phone.
He was then assaulted with a bladed weapon, leaving him with serious injuries to his buttocks and arm. He was also punched, causing a cut to his forehead. The suspect then made off without the phone.
The victim is currently undergoing treatment at James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
The suspect is described as a white male, around 6ft 3” tall, of stocky build, around 34 years old with short, dark hair and wearing dark shorts and a white vest.
Any witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to contact DC Richard Brocklesby on the non-emergency number 101.
Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a window being smashed at Debenhams in Wellington Square, causing more than £2000 worth of damage.
The incident took place at around 3.30am on Saturday, 16th August.
Officers would like to trace the man in this CCTV image as it is believed that he may be able to assist with enquiries. He is described as 24-28years of age with short hair and wearing a dark coloured T-shirt and dark coloured bottoms.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man or anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact PC Andrew Smith on the non-emergency number 101.
A couple from Stockton say they're 'shocked and stunned' after winning more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery.
Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox, were presented with their cheque after placing the bet whilst on holiday.
They won just days after an 80-year-old woman from Middlesbrough won £500,000, meaning there have been two winners from Teesside in the space of a week. Jonny Blair reports.
A couple from Teesside are celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery. Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox bought the winning ticket during a holiday in Cumbria. They didn't realise they'd won until four days after the draw was made.
We both let out an enormous scream and burst into tears of joy... We just didn't know what to do with ourselves at first, apart from sit there in a state of shock.
Emma, who's a hairdresser, and Robert, who's a self-employed builder, plan to spend some of the money improving their home.
A special event is being held in Stockton to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid, which marks the end of a month of fasting during Ramadan.
The Community Welfare Trust and Friends of Ropner Park decided to host their first Eid Fusion multi-cultural event to bring the local community closer together.
Food and fashion stalls were among the attractions on offer. Local musicians also entertained the crowds.