How is your community pulling together to support one another?

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Community spirit is shining across west Cheshire as people pull together to look out for each other. There are small acts of kindness everywhere, with people being good neighbours, flourishing new community initiatives and residents volunteering to help tackle the virus.

There are so many inspiring stories highlighting the part everyone can play to make a real difference. We want to capture stories from your community here.

Community spirit is shining across west Cheshire as people pull together to look out for each other. There are small acts of kindness everywhere, with people being good neighbours, flourishing new community initiatives and residents volunteering to help tackle the virus.

There are so many inspiring stories highlighting the part everyone can play to make a real difference. We want to capture stories from your community here.

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    Art, anxiety and me…

    by Phil@CWC, 19 days ago

    When artist Joe Richardson returned to his Cheshire roots to exhibit his work at the Winsford Cine-Window, it became an exploration into his family history and mental health.

    Through his work, he has found international acclaim and has undertaken residencies in New York and Beijing.

    His Cine-Window installation, Hang on a Minute urges passers-by to take a few minutes out of their day and consider the gesture and motions of his work.

    Here the artist talks frankly about his own struggles with anxiety and how his art is helping him to manage his condition and can even support the creative... Continue reading

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    MY CHESHIRE - Take part in an online exhibition celebrating the area where we live and work

    by Richard Hall, 21 days ago

    What does Cheshire mean to you? Is there a place in the County that inspires you, an area of outstanding natural beauty, a local park or a little nook or cranny? The Cheshire West and Chester Museums are calling for photographs for a new rolling online exhibition celebrating the Borough.

    The Museums are looking for a photo of a place that means something to you, a partner or family members, with a short piece of writing about it. It could be a description of where the photo was taken, a poem, a few lines about why you chose it, anything... Continue reading

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    Be Kind to Your Mind

    3 months ago

    Being Kind to Your Mind has never been so important. In these challenging and unusual times, it’s understandable if you are experiencing a sense of stress or anxiety, maybe eating more, struggling to sleep, drinking excess alcohol or lacking motivation.

    The pandemic has affected everyone, but it is thought that some groups such as young people, people who have been furloughed and key workers, as well as those who are vulnerable and isolated, may be particularly struggling with poor mental health.

    The ‘Let’s keep talking’ campaign encourages people who may be struggling to have a chat with someone they trust... Continue reading

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    Deliver Dial Differently

    by Dial West Cheshire, 4 months ago

    Dial West Cheshire improves the lives of disabled people. We created a short video which shows how during the coronavirus pandemic we adapted to Deliver Dial Differently. Our work contributes to people experiencing less poverty, reduced loneliness and isolation, and improved health and mental wellbeing. Our charity is playing our part as the community in Cheshire West and Chester pulls together during this difficult time. The roll out of the COVID vaccine indicates 2021 will be a brighter year. Dial West Cheshire will continue to play our part to build back better for a more disability inclusive and equal... Continue reading

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    OT - a 'person centred' approach

    6 months ago

    Ria is an OT working mainly with children in Cheshire West and Chester. She’s based in the community ‘Patch’ team with social care professionals from different disciplines.


    Anyone can refer a child to occupational therapy, and Ria works very closely with the health paediatric OT team , school and social care colleagues. Some of the children using this service have severe physical, learning, emotional or behavioural needs whilst others might have less-complex needs. Either way, all professionals involved with the family need to take a team approach and a long-term view of supporting them and the child.

    Like other OTs... Continue reading

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    Small changes, big impact

    6 months ago

    Paula works in the Community Access Team

    When a person is referred to OT by themselves or a professional, family member or friend this is the start of a journey that can sometimes provide support in unexpected areas of the person’s life.

    Paula says, “Our role is to think about preventing that person from becoming dependant on care so that they can continue to live a full and independent life as soon as possible, but also thinking about measures we can take to prevent that person’s health deteriorating.

    “We always look at the person first and foremost and what they... Continue reading

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    Burton - supporting local business and the community & a revamp

    by HSmith, 7 months ago

    Local resident Susan has been making a difference in the village of Burton. With her innovative ideas and community spirit, including the revamp of the village's bus shelter that is no longer in use due to the discontinuation of the local bus service, local businesses and community assets are having an opportunity to thrive in the village.

    The bus shelter has had a tidy up, a lick of paint, a bench installed and colourful decoration added. It is also being used as a 'pop up shop' at weekends by businesses including fruit and veg, bakery and a local artist displaying... Continue reading

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    Cheshire Dance takes 150 CHALK! Activities Packs into the Community

    by Cheshire Dance, 9 months ago

    It’s an exciting week for 150 families in Lache and Frodsham who have received Cheshire Dance CHALK! Activity Packs.

    Specially designed by Dance Artist Emily from Emily O'Shea Company, these packs contain ten different activities for children and their families. All activities inspire imagination, outdoor play, drawing, writing… and, of course, dancing!

    Cheshire Dance is delighted to have worked with Emily as a commissioner of these special packs, which have been funded by The Westminster Foundation and Cheshire West and Chester Council through the COVID-19 Community Response fund.

    Emily will also be encouraging everyone to send in images and... Continue reading

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    Chester's Grandparents have got talent.

    by Pamela, 10 months ago

    Throughout the current health crisis Apollo Care Chester have been carrying out a number voluntary services for the local community. This has enabled us to get more involved with the community whilst offering support and has also given us a profound awareness of how difficult things have been during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for the elderly and the local charities that support them.

    This prompted us to look at how we could do something to raise the spirits of our elderly communities and also raise funds and awareness for the Hospice of The Good Shepherd. So we came up with... Continue reading

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    Kelsall Food Bank's Free School Meals Initiative

    by Kelsall Food Bank, 10 months ago

    Kelsall Food Bank's Free School Meals Initiative

    A local mum and teacher, Vicky Charlton, has set up the Kelsall Food Bank in direct response to the Covid 19 crisis.

    At the beginning of the crisis Vicky joined a team of volunteers that were organised and deployed to help those members of Kelsall who are self-isolating or who are struggling for whatever reason during this difficult time. On her travels, and armed with a bundle of leaflets, she set out to visit 3 streets in Kelsall. This trip was to change everything! Through chatting to one local resident it was clear... Continue reading

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