Between 2015 and 2020, Brightlife commissioned more than 50 projects and services from local providers across Cheshire West and Chester, using two different commissioning approaches.
For our larger projects and services, we followed a traditional contract commissioning route. These ‘Key Commissions’ were based on themes involving factors known to increase the risks of social isolation and loneliness, such as specific health conditions, digital exclusion, retirement/bereavement, having reduced access to transport or being a carer.
Contract specifications were designed in close consultation with older people, before being released as part of a competitive tendering process that was open to all eligible organisations in Cheshire West and Chester. In total, Brightlife made 12 Key Commissions with a value in excess of £1.3 million.
Alongside our Key Commissions, we also developed a scheme to enable local groups and organisations to propose and implement solutions for tackling loneliness and social isolation in their own communities. Successful applicants to our ‘Bright Ideas’ scheme were awarded funding of up to £20,000 to develop and deliver their idea for a project or service.
In total, Brightlife commissioned 35 Bright Ideas projects with a value in excess of £600,000.