Discover Brightlife

Discover Brightlife

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By Discover Brightlife
Sharing stories of how to overcome loneliness. Because sometimes the best medicine is a good laugh in friendly company...

Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk

Presented and produced by Clare Freeman/ASFB Productions. Music by Thomas Ragsdale and Claire Mooney.
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Share a Memory - Introduction
The inspiration behind 'Share a Memory' podcast.
01:39
October 4, 2018
Share a Memory
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.
40:56
October 4, 2018
Extra: The Making of Brightlife
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 this episode, Clare Freeman looks back at some of the key moments of the podcast series and asks how the team are capturing evidence of their good work. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
41:26
July 12, 2018
Episode 7: Finding friends over 50
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. From newly widowed Thelma struggling with her future, to Pam feeling lost in a new neighbourhood, to Olwyn’s revelation about her part time boyfriend who’s great with the plumbing… The group sit back, smile and enjoy an eyebrow-raising quiz about ageing, a few cups of tea and a biscuit. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
15:57
June 10, 2018
Episode 6: Connecting 360
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. The heart of their mission is to find creative new ways for older people to stay social, get active and have fun. It just so happens that they also laugh a lot along the way too. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
44:54
June 3, 2018
Episode 5: Carers, Caring And Being Cared For
Jackie Brown and Sue Downham 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. But the stories which break their hearts time and time again are the carers they support. The partners who dedicate their lives – no matter what – to caring for their spouse until the very end. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
52:29
May 27, 2018
Episode 4: Audrey At 90, Now Artist And Poet
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. Widowed at 59 and now 90, in this episode of Discover Brightlife, Audrey reads a letter to her 30 year-old self. She considers Brightlife a lifeline to helping her find hobbies and friends - proving that you’re never too old for anything in life. Finding her talents in poetry and art lead to her appearance on page 3 of the local paper to an interview on BBC radio, to being the subject of a leading American health conference discussing loneliness! There’s also a chance to meet some of the project’s inspirational women, celebrated during International Women’s Day 2018. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
23:38
May 21, 2018
Episode 3: Reconnecting the lost and lonely
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. But what if it was your job to help cheer someone up? To help them reconnect with the world, and find a purpose? That’s the role of Brightlife’s Social Prescribers. They find those who need a helping hand, listen to what they have to say and find the right answer for them - for their interests, for their locality and their passions. During this episode of Discover Brighlife we meet Katherine Hussey and Chris McMahon from the social prescribing team. We hear some of the things that have shocked and surprised them, and how their expectations have changed from when the project first began. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
38:49
May 11, 2018
Episode 2: Diagnosing loneliness
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? And are feelings of isolation really covered under doctor’s orders anyway? Dr Achla Damania and Dr Jonathan Griffiths are GPs at the Swanlow Centre in Winsford, Cheshire. They’ve seen for themselves the difference referring some of their regular faces to Brightlife has had, and have also been challenging their own thoughts on the effects loneliness can have on all of our health. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. Visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
36:27
May 11, 2018
Episode 1: The Importance of Laughter
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. It's Saturday Share Club at the Dingle Centre in Winsford, with a three course meal and an opportunity to connect with others ‘in the same boat’. Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness.
36:51
May 11, 2018
Trailer
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? Brightlife is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme, set up by the Big Lottery Fund to help combat social isolation and loneliness. For more information visit BrightlifeCheshire.org.uk
03:03
May 9, 2018
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