A team who help Middlesbrough’s older, disabled or vulnerable residents live more independently in their own homes have been recognised for their work.

Middlesbrough Council’s Staying Put Agency has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards 2020 for Team of the Year, which celebrate excellence in local government.

It has been a record year for entries with more than 700 entries. The shortlisted organisations will now complete presentations and interviews to a specific judging panel made up of senior and influential figures within local government.

LGC editor Nick Golding said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation helps provide the best services for residents, despite local government facing ongoing financial constraint.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive, benefiting everyone who uses them.”

The winners of the LGC Awards will then be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 18 March 2020 at Grosvenor House, London.

Middlesbrough’s Staying Put Agency was established in 1991 and works with social care and other organisations to provide a service to help older people, people of all ages with disabilities and those who are otherwise vulnerable to remain and live more independently in their own homes, by providing a range of housing support services.

The service’s focus over the last two years has been on integration with Health, working with the Acute Trust, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Public Health and Mental Health.

The combination of core services such as the provision of adaptations, handyperson service, advice and support coupled with complementary services such as winter warmth measures, fuel poverty and a hoarding intervention scheme, to name a few.

The Stay Safe, Stay Warm, Stay Well, Stay Connected mantra underpins services around safeguarding adults, enhancing quality of life and in delaying and reducing need for care and support.

In 2018/2019, the service assisted over 4,100 clients and delivered a combined capital programme in excess of £2million with a customer-satisfaction rate of 97%.

Cllr Dorothy Davison, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Services and Health, said: “Our Staying Put Agency do a fantastic job in helping older, disabled and vulnerable people live a more independent and fulfilling life through a host of schemes.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the team and its partners who do so much to improve the quality of life for thousands of residents every year and they are completely deserving of this nomination.”