Since the first strains of Covid forced the country into lockdown, MFC Foundation has worked across the Tees Valley to support people who may have been feeling isolated or lonely during the pandemic.

Life for many life remains a bigger challenge than what used to be classed as normal, and the football club and the Foundation have a big role to play in the community.

Among the work, the Foundation continue to make calls to residents and send out meals, letters and puzzle packs and are working hard to help people gain confidence to become part of the community again.

Working with local partners and with thanks to funding from Middlesbrough Council, MFCF are creating a wide range of groups and sessions to bring people back together again.

Over the last few weeks a community meal club in Breckon Hill has been set up, and a Cue Club for people to play snooker and pool in the Middlebeck Social Club in Pallister Park. There are also community bingo sessions, boxercise and walking football sessions in the Herlingshaw Centre, an online quiz group, and a gardening club in St. Oswald’s Church.

People are really enjoying the sessions, one visitor to Breckon Hill community centre said: “That was just what I needed, I have loved everyone’s company and it has been ages since I have laughed so much”.

Groups are meeting safely and Covid restrictions are still very much in force, but people are getting back together again.  Smiles are back on faces, including at a barbecue for the volunteers who have helped St Oswald’s bring their garden and centre back to life.