How is your community pulling together to support one another?

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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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    Wonderful Waverton

    by Waverton Wonders, over 2 years 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, over 2 years 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, over 2 years 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, over 2 years 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, over 2 years 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, over 2 years 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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    If you want to bring people together and provide a focal point you also... Continue reading

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    #PayItForward Campaign

    by Comms@CW&C, over 2 years ago

    Izzy Grey saw the fact that she was furloughed, as a result of the Coronavirus, as an opportunity to really make a difference locally. She set up the #PayItForwardCampaign to give local businesses a platform on which to sell vouchers that can help with cashflow now but that purchasers can redeem at a later date. With 21 businesses already offering vouchers through the campaign, many are also offering incentives for people to buy the vouchers. The full list of what is on offer is being regularly updated and is available at:

    “Food & Drink is... Continue reading

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    Huntington Volunteer Network

    by Comms@CW&C, over 2 years ago

    Huntington Parish Council is working with St. Luke's church and Huntington Primary School Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) to maintain a network of volunteers to make sure that local people are being supported to shield themselves and self-isolate.

    Staff are trying to match volunteers and people seeking help who live as close to each other as possible. In one case someone phoned up to volunteer and was told that their next door neighbour had phoned to ask for support.

    One elderly lady said: "We cannot thank you enough for setting up this network. I hope that I won't need help... Continue reading

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    Good neighbours

    by Comms@CW&C, over 2 years ago

    Picking up shopping or medicines for neighbours can make a huge difference. One resident of a street in Boughton realised that social distancing was likely to happen sooner rather than later and set up a WhatsApp group for those who wanted to be able to ask for, and offer help.

    Within a week, Jane and Ian decided that they needed to self-isolate after Jane began to feel ill and developed a cough and a friend that Ian had recently been out with tested positive for COVID-19. After asking for help on WhatsApp three different neighbours stepped in to help, offering... Continue reading