Case Studies

Brightlife helps people in many different ways, from providing opportunities for basic social interaction, to giving people the chance to volunteer and learn new skills.

For more details on any of our case studies, contact the Brightlife Press Office on 01606 884444 or email



Emma Fisher – Chatter Chairs

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…

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Christine Kelly (61) – Heal Earth

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…

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Steve Saddington (64) Brighter Days

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. …

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Derek Edge

"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…

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Viv Gee Volunteer

“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…

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Kate Blakemore’s Bright Stars

“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…

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Angie Hamlett-Orme (Byron) (75)

“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…

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Reverend Tina Upton

“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…

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Kay Slater (75)

“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…

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Donna Hufton (Brighter Days)

“If there was anything I could do to combat loneliness in older people it would be to find out where people are…that’s the most difficult part. We can reach the people we know about but it is…

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Joan Meredith (88)

Joan was feeling lonely before she discovered the Brightlife social group in Malpas. She'd always led an interesting life as a teacher of the deaf and as an activist in different kinds of campaigns…

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Anne Davis

"I saw an ad for a Brightlife Drop-In being held the church hall at St-Mary-Without-The-Walls and thought I’d try it. Sue who runs it is always very welcoming and I’m really enjoying it. …

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Enid Nielson (83)

"Following my heart attack I wanted to make sure I had more people around me. Mixing with others just makes you feel better. I think the heart attack brought it home that life is short and I need to…

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Margaret Vernon (84)

"I attend the ‘What’s Cooking’ group in Frodsham and whilst we always get loads of fantastic recipe tips but really it’s the social side I enjoy most. Having said that, I’m definitely eating…

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Chris Ellis (65)

"I’d been having problems with depression and was feeling very low so asked at the Library what was going on in Frodsham and they told me about the ‘What’s Cooking’ group. …

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Ian (68)

After I retired, I didn’t miss my job, but I really missed the friendships and just being around people my own age. Through volunteering I get to meet interesting people from different backgrounds…

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Margaret (76)

Being involved in Brightlife gives me something to look forward to…it helps occupy my days and keeps my mind busy. I’m making friends all the time and am enjoying feeling part of something where…

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