Case Studies

Christine Milton (75) – Community Connector

May 13, 2019

Christine has recently become a volunteer buddy and befriender for Brightlife in the Saltney and Chester area. Her role is to visit people who might need support and find out how they can be helped – whether it be just a bit of company or encouragement to…

Emma Fisher – Chatter Chairs

April 15, 2019

After the second time Emma Fisher was made redundant, she decided it was time to change her life so two years ago she retrained as a personal fitness instructor and launched her own business Diva Fitness. …

Christine Kelly (61) – Heal Earth

February 15, 2019

Christine explains, “A couple of years ago I had a breakdown and wasn’t able to work. I realise now looking back that I was a workaholic and it was my body’s way of telling me that I needed to slow down. I was suffering with anxiety and realising I…

Pauline Stott (61) and Rob McKenzie (65) – FabWeld

January 15, 2019

Andy Ball is a fabricator and welder as well as an artist and a trainer. He works with The Welding Academy to run training a 6-week welding course for the over 50’s. Andy teaches the group rudimentary skills that they can then go away and apply themselves at…

Sue Walker (65)

November 9, 2018

Sue only realized that she was a lesbian a couple of years ago after retiring from her career in midwifery. Living in a rural community, there wasn't anyone to reach out and talk to.  She was a member of a choir called Decibellas and a young lesbian friend…

Steve Saddington (64) Brighter Days

October 15, 2018

The Brighter Days project team organises a range of different activities including musical events, Theatre trips to Storyhouse and a visit from a Zookeeper along with some animals from Chester Zoo. …

Derek Edge

September 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

August 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

July 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)

June 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…

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,…

Reverend Tina Upton

May 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)

April 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…