LifeLines is a volunteer-led project supporting people aged 50 and over in Brighton. LifeLines runs activities and one-to-one support schemes to help older people stay more active and better engaged with their communities. They recruit, train and support volunteers to start up their own chosen activities at a suitable venue – and have supported activities from computer lessons and ballroom dancing through to bereavement counselling.
Through these volunteer-led projects, older volunteers experience reduced loneliness and isolation, become more physically active and leave their home more, socialising more and making new friends with people of all ages. Many volunteers on the project have called LifeLines their lifeline, especially those who volunteered after losing a loved one.
We also have opportunities for volunteers to work one to one with older people to help them get out more (Activity Partners) or improve their IT skills (LifeLines Connections).
Prime Time is the part of Lifelines that supports men aged 50+ living across the city of Brighton & Hove. In partnership with local organisations, Prime Time sends out a monthly newsletter via email providing a database of useful contacts and a calendar of events and activities. Prime Time also runs its own activities for men, including a fortnightly discussion group at Waterstones and walking groups and is currently developing a range of new activities.
HealthLink supports older people who are isolated or whose friends and family can’t provide support to get to their healthcare appointments. By enabling people to get to routine health appointments the scheme aims to reduce cancellations, missed health appointments as well as the need for people to make unplanned visits.
As a HealthLink volunteer you would accompany older people to GP surgeries, dentists, hospital and other health appointments.
HealthLink isn’t a transport scheme but getting to appointments can be much less stressful with the company and support of a HealthLink volunteer.