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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    Food banks

    by Cllr. Christine Warner, about 1 year ago

    Food banks are springing up all over Ellesmere Port thanks to the efforts of local Councillors.

    Cllr. Lisa Denson is working hard for Westminster residents. I know because Cllr. Peter Wheeler and I are two of her delivery drivers. Last Wednesday and Saturday 25 drop offs where completed. Cllr. Denson has the whole enterprise working like clockwork with the help of her family and other community volunteers.

    See you again on Wednesday, Lisa to deliver more food to people who cannot get out at the moment.

    Cllr. Christine Warner

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    Sandfield Lane Social Distancing Ultramarathon

    by Jo Parker, about 1 year ago

    The Sandfield Lane, Hartford, Social Distancing Ultramarathon on 25th and 26th April was a huge success. This started off as a collective marathon but quickly snowballed as people wanted to push their boundaries and see how far they could go. We had 13 families complete 175 miles, and 1000 pressups, up and down our 0.1 mile lane over the weekend cheered on by the residents from the ends of their drives.

    We had bunting and beer and lots of celebration and cameraderie whilst still being able to maintain social distancing.

    There is already talk of it becoming an annual event🏅🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♀️

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    Helping locally

    by Chris S, about 1 year ago

    I found, through the CWaC website, a community organisation that was willing to take me as a volunteer with the minimal of bureaucracy and allow me to get helping people here almost immediately. It has been beneficial (I hope!) for those I have been working with but it has definitely benefitted my wellbeing and made me feel worthwhile and useful, whilst also working from home.

    I would recommend getting involved to anyone who has been temporarily laid off, is capable of doing so safely and wants to do feel as though they are doing some good for their community and... Continue reading

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    Chester Football Club Community Trust

    about 1 year ago

    Chester Football Club Community Trust are playing their part to support the Covid-19 Community Response. With many of the club’s members having been advised to shield themselves from the virus and isolate at home, the Trust began calling people at home to check they were okay and to offer practical help such as delivering food and prescriptions.

    With twenty volunteers contacting around 400 people in the first week, the heartening thing was how many people were already being provided for by neighbours, family and friends. Although there have been some people who have been more isolated, most were just grateful... Continue reading

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    Wonderful Waverton

    by Waverton Wonders, about 1 year ago

    At the very start of the concerns, Waverton resident immediately started thinking of other and how to help the best. Through the powers of facebook we created a group called 'Waverton Action Plan' following on from the goodwill and good work of Malpas Action Plan.

    Hundreds of volunteers offered up support, and with kind links to the churches in the village a 24 hour helpline was established - run by a group of Waverton Evangelical Fellowship members. We combined this helpline and the basic offer of a neighbour volunteer contact number and quickly went to getting this message to all... Continue reading

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    Boughton Buddies

    by James, about 1 year ago

    Just before the whole lockdown started a family a few doors up from me dropped a note through the doors of everyone on the street asking us to text to join a whatsapp group being set up so that we can all help each other out if need be.

    A few people have asked for, and have offered, help with picking up shopping and prescriptions but there has also been people clearing their garages and offering firewood, excess strawberry plants and the like. I've picked up some shopping for a neighbour who's staying at home and she's given us the... Continue reading

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    Winnington and Castle good neighbour volunteer scheme

    by Comms@CW&C, about 1 year ago

    Winnington and Castle good neighbour volunteer scheme sprang up from an existing Facebook group. Lee, the group admin, realised the support that people would need while self-isolating and that not everyone has local family, friends or neighbours who are able to help. He worked with local people and councillors to set up a volunteer line that local people can call to be put in touch with DBS checked volunteers who can help with food, shopping and medication deliveries.



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    The biggest issue is safeguarding and making sure that everyone is kept safe. It is very sad to hear how... Continue reading

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    Headbands for NHS workers

    by Comms@CW&C, about 1 year ago

    Natasha has been making and donating headbands to NHS workers which allow them to hook facemasks to the headband rather than their own, increasingly sore, ears.

    Currently at home in Overpool, rather than at university studying to be a vet, Natasha saw the design online and got to work with her sewing kit.

    She offered them out on the Pride in the Port Facebook group - a local care home was first in the queue but kindly agreed to give priority to Ellesmere Port Hospital. Natasha is now working on a second batch for the care home.



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    Hoole WhatsApp group

    by Comms@CW&C, about 1 year ago

    Andy and Sue live on a small street of eleven houses. Before the lockdown took effect, they decided to invite all their neighbours to join a WhatsApp group so that they could offer support to each other if need be.

    Aware that one neighbour did not use a mobile phone, Andy got in touch with her daughter to make sure that she was aware of the help on offer. But unfortunately it was Andy and Sue themselves who came down with the symptoms of COVID-19 first, but neighbours have helped them with shopping during the 14 days they have been... Continue reading

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    One Chester Plan Facebook group

    by Comms@CW&C, about 1 year ago

    The One Chester Plan Facebook group was set up by Izzy Grey as way of bringing people together. It's really taken off and already has almost 7,000 members.

    With popular topics currently around; body and mind; offers of help; open for business; and entertaining children/home-school it's a really useful place for people to get together (virtually) to share videos and pictures, ask and respond to each others questions.

    You can even get tips on which shops currently have toilet paper.



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