Brightlife is an ambitious partnership working with local agencies from across the voluntary, public and private sector to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst the over 50s in Cheshire West and Chester.
Our aim is to establish innovative and engaging projects, activities and networks that bring people together.
Central to the Brightlife model is the engagement of people over fifty in the design, delivery and evaluation of the programme.
Brightlife is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by The National Lottery Community Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier.
One of Brightlife’s flagship projects is its Social Prescribing Scheme which runs in four key areas: Chester (City), Winsford (Town), Malpas (Village) and Tarporley (Village).
Acting as a link between formal healthcare services and the voluntary / community sector, the social prescribing scheme allows people who are vulnerable to loneliness to be referred into suitable activities and clubs in their local area.