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Men in Sheds Winsford

Men in Sheds Winsford is for men and women who may be feeling isolated due to bereavement, depression, redundancy or retirement and are looking to meet new people, enjoy a bit of camaraderie and learn new skills.

Bright Memories

Bright Memories is a Brightlife funded project to help reduce social isolation in people aged over 50 who are living with Dementia. This two year project is working with seven local communities across Cheshire West and Chester to create ‘Dementia Friendly Communities.’

The areas of focus are; Blacon, Lache, Handbridge, Upton, Hoole, Broughton and Winsford.

Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust are working alongside Age UK Cheshire and Alzeimer’s Society to have a positive impact upon the lives of people with dementia and their carers, using each others organisations’ specialism to ensure the best level of service is provided.

Services Provided:

Click here for Bright Memories Brochure

Gift Winsford

Malpas Cancer Friends

Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy

Snow Angels

Gather Together

Haylo Theatre is a two woman theatre company that create bespoke performances and workshops that initiate inter-generational conversations around difficult subjects, such as the impact of health upon individuals, families and communities.

They aim to produce work that initiates interesting discussions between storytellers/performers and communities; challenges prejudices, raises questions, listens to and shares the stories and experiences of others.

Turn your memories into art, theatre and get creative. A chance to try new things, make new memories and explore ways to showcase your stories. All over 50s welcome.

Wednesdays – 11:30 to 12:30pm at Diva Point, Blacon Point Road, Chester, CH1 5FD.

Caring Companions

Chatter Chairs

A form of seated exercise for people looking to improve their physical strength and fitness. Exercise moves, using weights and resistance. This is a fantastic way to bring people together in the community, by reducing social isolation and improving the health and well being of local residents. Based in Vicars Cross, Hoole and Handbridge.

Bridge Wellness

The Reader

Heal Earth

Heal Earth CIC launching in North West is building on the success of its very popular Women only Woodwork classes delivered last year by launching new Project Women Makers Fab Club ( 50+) in partnership with “Woodwork To Wellness” craft centre in Saltney.

Women Makers Fab Club is a Brightlife funded project to help reduce social isolation in people aged over 50 in Cheshire West and Chester.

The project will run till April 2019 and aims to reach out and engage older women particularly  in Lache and Blacon, but also from Chester and Cheshire West, who are isolated or experience feelings of loneliness. They may have experienced some form of significant “transition” in life; e.g. bereavement, surgery, sudden ill health, loss of job or accident and/ or are struggling with daily tasks. We would like to focus on supporting women in building their confidence and resilience whilst contributing to their overall health and wellbeing, helping them have new purpose or friendships and circles of support in community.

Women Makers Fab Club Open day for any women aged over 50 interested in taking part will take place on Monday  9h April 10am-3pm followed by regular free sessions planned to start on Mondays  from 16th April, operating weekly from then on, between 10am and 12.30pm.

Woodwork to Wellness and craft centre is located in the Unit 4b, Saltney Business Centre
High St, Saltney, Chester CH4 8SE.

It offers a very warm and inviting facility where women will be able to enjoy making crafts from wood such as wooden bird boxes, ornaments, small pieces of furniture and much, much more or they will be able to just pop along for a cup of tea and a biscuit to get out of the house and have a chat.

As part of the Women Makers projects we will be facilitating several outreach sessions in community over the life of the project, offering mindful creative crafts like pyrography, decoupage and even having a go at some power tools like scroll saws or drills. We are hoping to generate interest for the projects and recruit more club members and volunteers to help out reach more isolated women in community.

Women joining the Women Makers Fab Club sessions on Mondays will have a chance to explore other avenues of involvement and work on their specific projects longer term with support of the team of volunteers at Heal Earth CIC and delegates at Woodwork to Wellness venue. They will be opportunity for them to join as a shed member and attend with other groups and activities throughout the week if they wish to.

Director and Founder of Heal Earth CIC, Aleksandra Ola Rug announced:

“We are delighted we are given opportunity to engage, inspire and connect women in the environment where women can come together: to share experiences, harness their skills, draw on their resources, influence and hopefully bring about lasting change in their lives. There is an cultural assumption that women are copying better with feeling of loneliness, we found upon meeting for example women who are carers to loved ones or family members, women can become very isolated and stressed out. We met a lot of women who lived with ongoing metal health challenges and become very isolated from their family members and friends due to feeling of shame and inadequacy.

At Heal Earth we believe supporting women who are older and vulnerable absolutely pivotal to address in order to help them with their essential needs, skills, identify network of friends, new relationships they can bring to their life to feel less lonely and more resilient.

We would like to thank the Brightlife for their support with making this development possible.”

Those interested in attending the Women Makers Open day on Monday 9th April please just turn up any time during the day, for tose who can’t attend but would like to  register your interest to attend the club, please contact Heal Earth Project Coordinator Ola Rug on 07501323837 or email;

Vicars Cross Community Centre

Vicars Cross Community Centre have received Brightlife funding to provide a Community Cinema and fortnightly Coffee Catch Up sessions.

The centre will be hosting 6 film events over the next 12 months. The first film showing will be ‘Finding Your Feet, (2017)’ on 11th April 2018. Tickets will be £5 per person (includes a welcome drink and raffle entry) doors will open from 1.15pm, film showing 2pm. People can buy tickets in advance of the showing by visiting the community centre (office manned Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays) or pay on the door.

Coffee Catch Up sessions will be launching Friday 13th April 2018 and will run on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month 1.30-3pm. This is a free drop in for those aged 50+.

For additional information or if you are interested in volunteering to support this project, please call 01244 342268 or email Alternatively pop in to see us when the office is open (Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays); Thackeray Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LP.

Little Actors Theatre Company


  • Bright Ideas
  • Social Activities
  • Friendship

Engaged, Motivated, Informed (£19,700 Bright Ideas)

An activity programme for older people who have recently retired or been made redundant.