Starting in April 2023, the 15-member strong (and growing) team will cover a variety of skills from writing a news story to photography, video creation and podcasting.
Liz St Louis, director of smart cities at Sunderland City Council, said: “With an ageing population comes new challenges to support evolving social, economic and health needs. As a smart city, we are better equipped to leverage the power of technology to both assist and empower our older residents.
“The We’ar Shining The Light news team represents an opportunity for us to connect and communicate with older people, via an engaged team of like-minded individuals, in order to support and inspire residents across Sunderland.
“This collaboration will provide a crucial link to cascade relevant information, boost confidence and promote independence for the older generation. This aligns very well to our city-wide commitment of leaving no one and nowhere behind.”