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Inspire Cheshire West has closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Your contributions, stories, ideas and experiences about life under lockdown restrictions were a valuable resource to the communities of west Cheshire.


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.

Inspire Cheshire West has closed.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Your contributions, stories, ideas and experiences about life under lockdown restrictions were a valuable resource to the communities of west Cheshire.


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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Inspire Cheshire West has closed. Thank you to everyone who took part. Your contributions, stories, ideas and experiences about life under lockdown restrictions were a valuable resource to the communities of west Cheshire.

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    OT - a 'person centred' approach

    almost 2 years 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

    almost 2 years 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, almost 2 years 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, about 2 years 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, about 2 years 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, about 2 years 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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    Summer Performing Arts Activities for Children

    by Little Actors Theatre Company, about 2 years ago


    FREE - Summer Performing Arts Provision for Children (5-13)

    Little Actors Theatre, a registered charity based in Neston, will be opening their venue in Brook Street for summer performing arts activities for children. There will be strict adherence to COVID 19 regulations and guidance and numbers will be limited to ensure safe social distancing. Led by professional actors Mike Lockley and Fern Evans, who facilitated online workshops during lockdown.

    Funded by Edesential CIC, Little Actors will be offering a 4 week programme of performing arts activities. Running for 4 weeks from 20th July children can explore drama, physical theatre, performance... Continue reading

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    Evie and Susannah Stanton’s Rainbows- fund raising for the NHS

    by Zanna2, about 2 years ago

    As an employee of CWAC myself I wanted to bring the community together in anyway I could when lockdown first started. My daughter and I decided we wanted to do something to show the NHS workers and Carers in care homes how much the public appreciated them. We started making little rainbows out of Coaster size wooden off cuts, nails and loom bands and sold them for £1 each from an honesty table at the bottom of my drive to raise money. Sadly the table was stolen after a few days but that didn’t stop us, Evie’s grandad made a... Continue reading

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    Activity Packs From The Boaty Theatre Company

    by Boaty T, about 2 years ago

    The Boaty Theatre Company are a small charity based in Ellesmere Port. We have been performing in and around Ellesmere Port for the last 10 years or so, starting our journey at the National Waterways Museum, hence our name!!

    At the beginning of 2020 we performed 3 sell-out nights at the Lowry in Salford, a massive achievement for our cast, crew and director Laura Harris. With the profit we made from our time at the Lowry, we invested in our dream of creating an Arts-based community hub in the centre of town and so opened 'The Boat Shed' on Whitby... Continue reading

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    Royal Recognition for Norley Village Store

    by Museums@CW&C , about 2 years ago

    Cheshire West Museums would like to extend their congratulations to all the volunteers of the Norley Village Store who have received a letter written on behalf of her majesty the Queen in recognition of their efforts. Volunteers, that include our Weaver Hall colleague Liz, have worked tirelessly to keep the shelves stocked and delivering orders to the vulnerable in the village. To read the full article on the Northwich Guardian click the link below:

    https://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/18488895.norley-village-store-volunteers-receive-letter-behalf-queen/