Social Prescribing

Brightlife exists to help tackle loneliness and social isolation in Cheshire West and Chester amongst older people. We work closely with health professionals to ensure that our interventions are evidence-based, effective and sustainable.

GPs and Healthcare Professionals wishing to make a referral into Brightlife you should email or call our Social Prescribing Manager, Christine McMahon on 01606 884442

Social Isolation, Loneliness and Health

We know that loneliness and social isolation have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of older people.

The combined negative effects of loneliness and social isolation include everything from increased risks of dementia, mental health problems and falls, to increased recovery times, A&E admissions and GP visits.

“Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.”
(Holt-Lunstad, 2010)

At Brightlife, we design and fund interventions that provide older people in the region with the confidence, means and opportunity to overcome loneliness and social isolation.

Our innovative and effective programmes allow older people to access support within their own communities, helping to reduce the strain on health and social care services.

We work with health professionals across Cheshire West and Chester to directly refer older people into these programmes, via the Brightlife Social Prescribing scheme.

“Social networks and friendships not only have an impact on reducing the risk of mortality or developing certain diseases, but they also help individuals to recover when they do fall ill.”
(Marmot, 2010)

More information on the health effects of loneliness can be found in our Further Reading section.