Launched under the banner of Warrington Housing Association in June 2013 in response to issues around ageing and social isolation, LifeTime is independent, not-for-profit and free to join for every Warrington resident over the age of 50. Since its launch, thousands of people from across Warrington have joined - with more than sixty groups and events to get involved in every week. From a Camera Club to Community Choir there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, LifeTime opened its centre at the Gateway every Monday to Friday for casual drop-ins and a wide programme of affordable activities and classes. They also offer trips and social activities which have proved extremely popular and are well attended by members. Such has been the success of certain activities that LifeTime has branched out into other locations across the town.
Their work is all based around the five ways to wellbeing which are connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.
Like many other groups, due to the Coronavirus crisis LifeTime have had to put on hold their face to face activities and look instead at other ways to engage with their membership. One of their most popular sessions is an online coffee morning. Charlotte was invited to join the LifeTime coffee morning to talk about her work as the MP for Warrington North.
Charlotte Nichols MP said:
“It was great to join the LifeTime Members and to hear how they have been coping during lockdown.
“The LifeTime team have worked hard to ensure members don’t lose the friendships that were forged pre-Covid. Virtual sessions like this have been so important during the crisis. They are a great way to keep people connected, particularly at a time when loneliness and social isolation are on the rise.
“We are all having to adapt to different ways of working and the LifeTime team have a done a great job in ensuring that members can still come together over a tea or coffee and crucially that they can keep in touch with each other even when they can’t come to the centre or take part in their normal activities.
“Once their regular activities resume, I look forward to meeting the members and the LifeTime team in person at a Warrington North event.”