Case Studies

Ray (89)

May 30, 2018

Ray Thompson turns 90 on 4th August but you wouldn’t know it when you see him jumping around helping other members of the Winsford Community Compass group. Spritely Ray talks fondly of how much he enjoys coming to the Monday morning group held at The Dingle,…

Derek Edge

March 29, 2018

"I was bought a smart phone and my first thought was ‘well the phone might be smart but I am not’. I did say that there is more chance of me flying a 747 across the Atlantic than working the damn thing.  So I searched around and I came across Digital…

Viv Gee Volunteer

March 8, 2018

“Through Brightlife I've met lots of new people which has really helped me in older age. It does take confidence to get out of the house, walk into somewhere new and strike up a conversation. Even though I am used to it, I still get nervous but if you can…

Kate Blakemore’s Bright Stars

March 8, 2018

“It has always been my vision to create a community for women where they can access support. I have been surprised at how much the mentoring relationships help the older women who have lost support networks they might have built up through their children, no…

Angie Hamlett-Orme (Byron) (75)

March 8, 2018

“I love volunteering because of the feeling that I have achieved something and made some people’s lives better. I’d hate to be lonely so I do get myself involved in lots of things and I think it helps that I am a confident person. If I had a magic wand I…

Reverend Tina Upton

March 8, 2018

“The way we live in society these days has huge implications for the problem of social isolation. I think loneliness is a different issue again – loneliness is a feeling. You can be lonely in a crowd, it is a subjective experience. Equally someone sitting…

Kay Slater (75)

March 8, 2018

“I started Lite Bites because I was aware that there were a lot of older people who were stuck in the house not seeing other people so I wanted to encourage people to come out, have a meal and meet other people. Getting the Brightlife funding was a Godsend…

Donna Hufton (Brighter Days)

March 8, 2018

“If there was anything I could do to combat loneliness in older people it would be to find out where people are…that’s the most difficult part. We can reach the people we know about but it is the ones we don’t know about that are suffering in…

Joan Meredith (88)

March 8, 2018

Joan was feeling lonely before she discovered the Brightlife social group in Malpas. She'd always led an interesting life as a teacher of the deaf and as an activist in different kinds of campaigns including anti-nuclear, women’s rights, anti-apartheid,…

Anne Davis

January 20, 2018

"I saw an ad for a Brightlife Drop-In being held the church hall at St-Mary-Without-The-Walls and thought I’d try it. Sue who runs it is always very welcoming and I’m really enjoying it. …

Enid Nielson (83)

December 10, 2017

"Following my heart attack I wanted to make sure I had more people around me. Mixing with others just makes you feel better. I think the heart attack brought it home that life is short and I need to live it. Coming here has changed everything. …

Margaret Vernon (84)

December 10, 2017

"I attend the ‘What’s Cooking’ group in Frodsham and whilst we always get loads of fantastic recipe tips but really it’s the social side I enjoy most. Having said that, I’m definitely eating better, much more healthily since I’ve been coming here.…

Chris Ellis (65)

December 10, 2017

"I’d been having problems with depression and was feeling very low so asked at the Library what was going on in Frodsham and they told me about the ‘What’s Cooking’ group. …

Eveline and Betty

November 13, 2017

Eveline and Betty are firm friends, they meet at the Salvation Army Day Care every Friday and phone for a chat and to check up on each other in the week. But life was very different for them before they were introduced through Brightlife. …

Volunteer Emma (37)

October 15, 2017

Emma found that volunteering with older people gave her a sense of direction, purpose and fulfilment that she hadn’t felt in years.  It wasn’t until she saw her two teenage children gaining their own independence that Emma realised she needed to change…

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