Initially set up as a referral route into other activities, the Brightlife Social Prescribing scheme has been enormously successful as an intervention in its own right.
The only service to be delivered directly by Brightlife, it was rolled out in 2016 as three separate pilot projects at a village, town and city scale – in Malpas, Winsford and some parts of Chester – with a fourth, more rural location (Tarporley) added in 2018.
Delivery in these areas has continued beyond the end of the main Brightlife project and the scheme remains active under the Brightlife brand today.
Participants in the scheme receive one-to-one support from a Social Prescribing Coordinator to help them explore their options for becoming more socially active in their local area.
Anyone who is over 50 and experiencing or at risk of loneliness or isolation can self-refer to the scheme, or be referred by health professionals, social workers, community projects, or family and friends. Informal drop-in sessions are also available in some areas.
For more information about the Brightlife Social Prescribing Scheme, contact Christine McMahon, Social Prescribing Manager, on: XXXXXX.