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Published: September 2011
The Brighter Futures project was developed and informed by a 4 year programme of work which provided evidence on mental health in later life. An initial inquiry-based research project was undertaken in partnership with Age Concern (now Age UK) and more recently in 2007-2009 service improvement activities were undertaken in partnership with NHS Health Scotland and the large number of key stakeholders forming NHS Health Scotland's later life steering group.
The principle aim of the project is to work with older people to deliver a peer mentoring service aimed at improving the wellbeing and quality of life of more isolated older people through enhancing their social networks and enabling meaningful community engagement.