Scroll down to listen to the different series of podcasts by Brightlife…
If life is one long story of love, of laughter, a little luck and everything that falls in between… then who do we tell our stories to when we suddenly find ourselves alone?
From the school friends reconnecting at 80, to Tim’s first trip out in months... we introduce some of the people who’ve found a new way after suddenly facing a life alone.
When it comes to visiting a GP, sometimes all we need is a pill, an injection or a simple pat on the back… But how does diagnosing a patient who’s feeling lonely differ to the usual clientele passing through a doctor’s doors?
Our connections with people are at the core of everything we do… Even a smile, a good morning or a nod of the head from a stranger can lift our spirits on a grey and dreary day.
Once leading a busy bustling life within her community - suddenly Audrey found herself housebound with health complications and no driving licence living alone in a sleepy Cheshire village.
Jackie and Sue create, find and nurture support groups across Cheshire to help connect those in need with those who can. As social prescribers, what they don’t know about the local services isn’t worth knowing.
Nothing surprises Yvonne Boyle and Simone Cobbold anymore. They started Community Compass, which receives funding from Brightlife, walking the streets of Winsford asking those over 50 what services they felt were missing in their area.
Tuesday morning’s are a hoot at Sue’s drop in club at a church in Chester. Yet many of the participants say they’re just grateful to have a reason to get up and out for the day.
What will be Brightlife Cheshire's legacy? It's a question Chris McClelland, the organisation's head is already contemplating - just three years into the five year project.
In our busy world, it's all too easy to pigeon-hole older people by assuming that somehow they are all the same... but the fact is that we are all individuals throughout our entire lives.
Individuality doesn't magically disappear when we reach a particular age, or when our circumstances change and we find ourselves alone. Listen to the memories of a number of older people... just ordinary people, but every one of them with something interesting to share.