Useful Links

Adult Learning:
Chester U3A logo THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE (U3A) is a national network of educational and leisure activities organised for and by the retired and others with time to devote to learning and teaching.  No educational qualifications are needed to participate and none are given.
  Cestrian U3A is a small group of approximately 130 members started in 2005 and is centred in Chester.  This small size enables new members to find and make friends with others sharing similar interests.
  The Virtual U3A or vU3A is like a local U3A Group except that its activities take place on the Internet. An important target group for the vU3a is older people who are isolated through location, illness or immobility - but all are welcome. We have members from around the world. 
Enthusiastic and responsive, the University of Chester is committed to providing the very best in teaching, learning, research, student support and partnerships.

Health & Wellbeing:


At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

Financial Support:
Age UK logo Every year in the UK, a staggering £3.7bn worth of benefits fail to be claimed by the older generation. Whilst some people might not actually need the grants and financial support, these opportunities are a lifeline to others. 
Every year in the UK, a staggering £3.7bn worth of benefits fail to be claimed by the older generation.  Whilst some people might not actually need the grants and financial support, these opportunities are a lifeline to others.
Citizens Advice home Some of the rules about benefits depend on your age.  In many cases, the rules change when you get to State Pension age.  Find out what beneifts and extra help you could get using our simple and quick online tool.
Home Is your home in need of essential repairs? Are you worried about your health and safety, home security or the on-going maintenance of your property? Do you just need a bit of advice about available help and support? If you are older, living with a disability or on a low income, we’re here to help.
If you're over 50, or about to get there, your money world goes through some big changes.  So sort your finances now - the older you get, the more your cash needs to look after you.

Care & Support:


Offering information, advice and support to Carers across Cheshire.
Sandwell Compassionate Communities A Compassionate Community is a community that provides support to someone who is dying.  The community could be family, neighbours, local organisations, a faith group, local businesses or people living in a particular area.  It could be some or all of these.
Crossroads is a local charity that helps support sick or disabled children and adults, children/young people who care for a family member as well as helping elderly isolated people who could go a whole week without speaking to anyone. We are a diverse charity whose sole purpose is to make life easier for people who are forgotten about.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd The Hospice of the Good Shepherd is a respected provider of palliative care for residents of Cheshire West and Chester and Deeside.  We provide services free of charge to patients and families facing life limiting illnesses.  We provide an in-patient unit, out-patient services, a day therapy centre and offer complimentary therapies and bereavement support throughout the community.
A website aimed at helping you to help them, whether it is your elderly parent, older friend or relative.  Packed full of information, it is a proactive site, which helps you find the answers to all the questions you might have.  Whether you need specific information on care options, funding, or how to keep your older relatives active, busy and healthy, provides it all.  And of course, there are many helpful articles for you as well on how to cope with the stress of looking after your parents as they age.
Go to NHS Choices homepage Although treatment on the NHS is free at the point of delivery, there may still be some costs (for example, your journey to hospital). However, much or all of the cost can be reclaimed, which should ease any added stress.




Founded in 1807 as “The Aged Pilgrims’ Friend Society” and originally set-up to provide grants and pensions to needy elderly Christians, our ministry has grown so that we now have 16 schemes throughout England, providing a range of services for older people, from sheltered housing through to nursing and dementia care, retirement living as well as home-leave accommodation for missionary families.


We also provide other resources to Christians, including a range of books and other publications, conference seminars and our own conferences each year.

We're a small Hospice with a big heart where people can find a safe refuge during a difficult journey.
this is the VRDS logo Vale Royal Disability Services is a user-led voluntary organisation, founded in 1991.  Operating primarily within Central Cheshire, our principal aim is to improve the quality of life of disabled people.



‘A thriving and sustainable third sector with a strong and effective voice successfully meeting the diverse and changing needs of the local community, and inspiring people to raise their aspirations and make a positive difference’
Do-It - for good Do something good today.  Find the perfect volunteering opportunity just for you.

Other websites:


Age UK logo Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
Avenue Services is a company limited by guarantee and is a joint venture between Sanctuary Group and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC).  Sanctuary is a not for profit housing and care provider.
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  Cheshire West and Chester Council
Sanctuary Housing manages more than 6,600 homes in six areas in and around Chester. We’re committed to providing quality homes that meet the needs of the communities we work in.

Working together in Cheshire to reduce social isolation

Brightlife is an ambitious partnership working with local agencies from across the voluntary, public and private sector to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst the over 50s in Cheshire West and Chester.

Our aim is to establish innovative and engaging projects, activities and networks that bring people together. 


What we work on

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We work on the following policy areas: health and care, income, money and inequalities and loneliness and staying connected 


Older People's Network - 

The Older People’s Network (OPN) is a group created with the aim of listening to the views of the growing number of older people and to plan services that effectively cater for their needs.



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