Working together to reduce social isolation in Cheshire

About Brightlife

Brightlife was formed in 2015 by a partnership of organisations – led by Age UK Cheshire – from the public and third sectors in Cheshire West and Chester, as one of the 14 regional partners for the National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme.

In just five years, Brightlife commissioned and delivered more than 50 projects and services worth over £2 million, improving the lives of over-50s across the borough and promoting the role of older people as assets within their communities.

Through its ‘test and learn’ approach to both commissioning and delivery, Brightlife gathered valuable evidence about what works (and what doesn’t) to tackle loneliness and social isolation within the specific geographic and social context of the Cheshire West and Chester region.

This evidence is presented here on the Brightlife Legacy website, so that commissioners, service providers and communities alike can continue to build on the experience and knowledge that Brightlife leaves behind.

About Ageing Better

Ageing Better was a £78 million programme set up by the National Lottery Community Fund to address social isolation and loneliness, improve social connections and enable people aged over 50 to be more engaged in the design of services for their communities.

Over the course of six years (2015-2021), it distributed funding to partnerships in 14 regions of the UK (including Brightlife in Cheshire West and Chester). These partnerships used a mix of models, including commissioning services from local providers through contracts, service delivery by organisations within the partnerships, and distributing funding for grassroots activity.

As one of five England Strategic Programmes from the National Lottery Community Fund, Ageing Better was designed to test different approaches to tackling the issue of loneliness and social isolation amongst older people. The learning from the programme is now being used to inform and influence future projects, policies and services, giving it the potential to improve the lives and communities of people aged over 50 for many years to come.