One of Brightlife’s core principles was the meaningful involvement of older people in shaping what we did. This was most evident in our commissioning processes, where older people have had sole responsibility for awarding contracts.
Brightlife took two very different approaches to commissioning services and activities that provided community-based solutions to isolation and loneliness:
Key Commissions followed a ‘traditional’ commissioning route with a competitive tendering process.
Bright Ideas funding enabled local groups and organisations to come forward with solutions that they thought would work in their communities.
Below are the end of project reports which summarise delivery, impact and key learning for each individual project.