LifeLines is a volunteer-led project for 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 volunteering, 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 aged 50 or over to work one to one with older people accompanying them to health appointments (HealthLink), 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. These can be seen at: http://www.meetup.com/PrimeTimeBrighton/