Everyone who has ever worked to help reduce loneliness and social isolation in older people will at some point have asked themselves this important question:
Since 2015, Brightlife has been dedicated to answering this question.
We have commissioned, delivered and evaluated a diverse range of services designed to address the unique issues and challenges faced by older people in Cheshire West and Chester. Now, as the end of its five-year lifespan approaches, Brightlife is gathering the results of this ‘test-and-learn’ approach so that commissioners, service providers and communities alike can build on the experience, knowledge and legacy it leaves behind.
On Tuesday 12th November we are inviting partners, stakeholders and ambassadors from across the borough and the wider Ageing Better networks to attend our Brightlife Legacy Conference where we will share, reflect, discuss and celebrate some of our key findings.
We are thrilled to be joined on the day by some wonderful Keynote Speakers who will challenge, educate and inspire us as they lead the way towards creating a more cohesive Age Friendly borough.
Many of our dedicated volunteers and service providers will be supporting the workshops to help illustrate our learning with unique insights from the frontline alongside some of the impactful human stories that lie at the heart of everything we do.
All delegates will have the opportunity to hear a Keynote Speech from Paul Kingston, Professor of Ageing and Mental Health and the Director of the Centre for Ageing and Mental Health, before his team share more detailed findings in their workshop.
EVALUATION WORKSHOP: The University of Chester has undertaken the local evaluation aspect of Brightlife. The Team from the University will share learning using quantitative and qualitative data, outcomes from social return on investment and thoughts as to the value of robust evaluation.
There will also be the opportunity to attend one further workshop exploring a project area of your choice. In order to help us coordinate space and resource on the day please could you let us know your first and second workshop choice by Wednesday 24th October.
COMMISSIONING: Discover what Brightlife has learned from commissioning and managing a broad range of community projects, from very small local initiatives to larger collaborative projects.
SOCIAL PRESCRIBING: Brightlife’s Social Prescribing team will present key themes from our model, identify some of the challenges, share learning and highlight key evaluation findings.
VOLUNTEERING: A workshop to look at the value of volunteering within Brightlife, the different roles that have developed and the experiences of the volunteers themselves.
MARKETING: Exploring some of the most successful techniques used to target our unique audience and applying this learning to shape a campaign for our sustained Social Prescribing offer.
Whilst we will do our utmost to ensure everyone is allocated their first choice of workshop, spaces are limited so please do bear with us if we need to allocate you your second choice.
Set in an 18th-century manor house, DoubleTree by Hilton Chester hotel is located within a five-minute drive from Chester Zoo. The hotel is just outside the historic City of Chester and a short 10-minute drive away from Chester Racecourse.
Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Chester
Address: Warrington Road Hoole, Chester, CH2 3PD, United Kingdom
Free Parking is available at the hotel.