Social Butterflies launches on 30 January

01.01.2020

A kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies will be landing across the borough on Thursday, 30 January to mark the launch of Social Butterflies.

A fantastic collaboration between Age-friendly Cheshire West, Brightlife, the Council’s Culture Team and organisations, groups, schools and communities across the borough.

Social butterflies is an exciting community arts project that everyone can get involved in. It encourages people of all ages to come together, have fun and create a butterfly using any material they choose for example; wool, paint, wood, wire, paper, metal.

Councillor Val Armstrong, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health said: “The butterfly represents a symbol of change and transformation and links both the Brightlife and Age-friendly Cheshire West identity.

“Our aim is to bring people together to help make our borough a place where everyone from the youngest to the oldest can live a happy, healthy, active and enjoyable life, live life to the full and enjoy later life.”

Social Butterflies celebrates an age-friendly borough and making it a great place to live, work and grow older. Social Butterflies is also a celebration of the many projects that Brightlife has commissioned for the over 50s, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

Chris McClelland, Head of Brightlife, said: “As we come to the end of our five-year lifespan, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped over 3,000 older people out of social isolation and back into their communities to enjoy more fulfilling, active and connected lives.

“This has been achieved by funding 58 different community projects which have been commissioned in collaboration with the older people living in our borough.”

Brightlife’s work to reduce social isolation and loneliness will leave a great legacy which Age-friendly Cheshire West, partners and communities will continue to learn from and build on over the coming years.

Find out more about how to get involved in Social Butterflies by visiting the website at https://www.agefriendlycheshirewest.org/socialbutterflies/.

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