ILOPIntensified Learning Opportunity Programme (University of Hong Kong)
ILOPIntelligent Local OPeration
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ILOP was set up in August 2005 as a joint initiative between Middlesbrough Council, Age Concern, the Salvation Army and the Women's Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) with funding from the Neighbourhood Renewal fund.
"ILOP offers this support all year round and staff and volunteers have battled to keep our service delivery going in these adverse weather conditions."
* For more information on ILOP, call 01642 228340 or email
Specifically for the over-50s, ILOP will be running classes like healthy eating and fitness sessions from the building which is behind the bus station in the town centre.
Debbie Diggins, acting project manager at ILOP, said: "We have over 500 people already referred to us.
ILOP is a project between Middlesbrough Council and a consortium of charities including Age Concern Teesside, Salvation Army and the WRVS and financed through the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
"It was as easy as putting my name down with ILOP. They find the perfect match."
* If you can spare time to volunteer for ILOP call them on 01642 228340.
The 49-year-old began volunteering for ILOP two months ago.
She visits a lady who uses a wheelchair and also helps a man in her spare time outside ILOP.
A steady stream of volunteers and service users have started visiting the ILOP offices in the Newport Triangle.
Through its work, ILOP hopes the volunteers will enable older people to live active lives and gain confidence in their communities.