Bright Ideas Funding


Funding applications have now closed for Bright Ideas projects

Brightlife have now commissioned 35 Bright Ideas projects with a total value in excess of £600,000. These Bright Ideas have come from local community groups and voluntary organisations who have told us what provision is needed in our area. These projects will work with more than 1000 over 50s to test ways of reducing social isolation and loneliness. Projects will be for 1 – 2 years in duration and have each been awarded between £5000 and £20,000 by our Brightlife panel of older people (Older People’s Alliance).

A big thank you to everyone who has applied for funding over the last 3 years. We’re looking forward to seeing all our Bright Ideas make a difference to the lives of older people across Cheshire West and Chester.

Summer 2016 funding was awarded to:

Abbotswood – Digital Peer Training (£2,500)
Muir Housing – Brighter Days (£5,596)
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) – New Horizons (£8,752)
OPAL (Older People Active Lives) – What’s Cooking (£8,425)
Body Positive – Silver Rainbows (£20,000)

Autumn 2017 funding has been awarded to:

LIVE! – Bridging the Gap (£17,699)
CHAWREC (Cheshire and Warrington Race and Equality Centre) – CommUnity Kitchen (£19,113)
Holy Trinity Church – Blacon on the Move (£15,700)
The Welding Academy – Fabweld 50+ (£19,905)
Flatt Lane and Stanney Grange Community Centre – Lite Bites Lunch Club (£10,258)
Active Cheshire – Sporting Memories (£20,000)
Cheshire Deaf Society / Deafness Support Network – Sparkle Cafe (£19876)
Cheshire Wildlife Trust – Create For Nature (19,070)
Vision Support – Vision Supported Communities (£20,000)
Groundwork Cheshire Lancashire and Merseyside – Growing Connections (£18,926)
MHA Ellesmere Port and / Neston Live at Home Scheme – Engaged Motivated Informed (£19,700)
Motherwell Cheshire CIO – Bright Stars (£17,884)
The Neuromuscular Centre Cheshire Centre for Independent living Cheshire and Warrington Carers Trust – Read and Connect (£20,000)

Winter 2017 funding was awarded to:

The Conservation Volunteers – Young and Green at Heart (£20,000)
Little Actors Theatre Company – Neston Theatre Art Club (£9,120)
EPNAVCO – Lively Lunchtime (£11,161)
Vicars Cross Community Centre – Senior Screen (£10,257)
Heal Earth – Women Makers 50+ (£17,730)
Age UK Cheshire – Sharing Time (£18,101)
Listening Ear – Fab Cheshire West (£17,620)
DIAL West Cheshire – Dial House “T” Club (£14,500)
Body Positive – Silver Rainbows (£20,000)
Muir Housing – Brighter Days (£10,184)

Spring 2018 funding:

The Reader – Brightening Lives with Shared Reading (£19,955)
Snow Angels – Happy Mondays (£18,682)
Malpas Cancer Friends (£12,000)
Haylo Theatre – Gather Together (£19,715)
Caring Companions – Caring Companions Cheshire (£16,130)
Bridge Wellness Gardens – Better Lives Club for over 50s (£18,320)
Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy – Meet and Eat (£17,076)

See our commissioned services page for more detailed information





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