Our Life is a leader in engagement and empowerment services, and our mission is to improve wellbeing and empower communities.
We are people-focused and passionate about empowering citizens and communities to make a real difference. We specialise in creating a dialogue between people and decision-makers, empowering them to work together and giving them the skills and confidence to influence and deliver change.
We help you to engage with communities to explore complex challenges and create actions to improve wellbeing and your service.
We frequently engage on complex issues and our creative approaches and processes are proven to work time and time again. We are constantly reviewing, improving and innovating in order to produce a variety of bespoke and impactful engagement approaches.
In addition to engagement and empowerment services we also provide advocacy services through our DrinkWise commission.
Who we are
Our Life is made up of a strong team of experienced professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and sectors including health, housing, business, politics, and education with excellent knowledge of the North West.
To oversee the running of the organisation, we have a great Board, represented by people from different backgrounds and with a range of skills, competencies and connections. We also have a register of associates to complement our skills who work with us on an ad-hoc basis to deliver our approach.
Our Life was created by NHS North West in 2007 as the "Living Longer, Living Better, Caring More" programme and was subsequently rebranded Our Life.
In February 2009, we became an independent Industrial and Provident Society for the benefit of the community, campaigning on wellbeing and health issues.
How we are financed
Our Life's initial funding came from a start-up grant from NHS North West.
We now generate income from providing community engagement and empowerment services as well as training in engagement techniques, research services, advocacy, and delivering empowerment events.
Our profits are re-invested in community engagement projects in the North West.
Our Life has a varied client list including local authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Housing Associations and other community sector organisations.
Our Life has been commissioned for the second year running to provide ad-hoc policy development, analysis and research services to all the Primary Care Trusts in the North West.