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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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    How ‘Everyone In’ turned my life around

    by Phil@CWC, 4 months ago

    When a teenage James Howell from Ellesmere Port started ‘mixing with the wrong crowd,’ his life headed in the wrong direction - to a life of drugs and homelessness.

    Now, aged 42 and twenty five years of ups and downs later, the ‘Everyone In’ scheme to accommodate all those who didn’t have a roof during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped rescue James from falling into a downward spiral.

    He is finally in a place where he can come to terms with the choices he has made and the path his life has taken.

    Here, he talks frankly about his struggles... Continue reading

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    The work of the UK Armed Forces during the COVID 19 Pandemic in 2020 and 2021

    5 months ago

    Major Neil Bowdler, is an army reservist with Cheshire West and Chester Council. His normal day to day role is as a front line manager for the Council’s Street Care service, but for the past 8 months Neil has been seconded to the COVID-19 response team. He is currently the Operational Delivery Lead Manager for the service.

    Neil has been in uniform one way or another since the age of 14 when he joined the army cadets. After enlisting in the Army Reserves he has been a peacekeeper with the United Nations, helped to deliver the Olympics Games and in... Continue reading

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    To burst or not to burst - that is the question!

    by Stephcwc, 6 months ago

    The Catholic High School Chester was one of 21 local schools that contributed to a new report, It’s Time To Act: countering the impact of Covid-19 on pupils and schools. Headteacher, Cathryn McKeagney, explains some of the changes they’ve made in their school over the last year and how they hope to continue some of these practices in the future.

    This time last year, bubbles were blown up all over the press when discussing how the world, especially schools, in particular, could reopen. Year groups bubbles, social bubbles, rule of six bubbles- you name it. The word grew legs faster... Continue reading

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    Supporting children's emotional wellbeing

    by Stephcwc, 6 months ago

    The Council’s Child and Educational Psychology Service has worked closely with teachers and professionals working with children and young people, providing resources and training to help support children’s mental health and wellbeing during this challenging year. Here they tell us about some of the work they’ve been doing and some guidance and tips to help families and children as restrictions begin to lift.


    Our children and young people have had a difficult time this year. Their education and social lives have been disrupted by school closure, lockdowns and restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This may have significantly affected their... Continue reading

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    Blacon High School video - It's Time to Act

    by Stephcwc, 6 months ago

    Blacon High School in Chester is one of 21 local schools that contributed to a new report, It’s Time To Act: countering the impact of Covid-19 on pupils and schools. Headteacher, Rachel Hudson, shares her experience of school life during the last year, how they will use the information from the report to support pupils throughout the recovery phase and how they’re looking forward to better times.



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    Supporting pupils' wellbeing throughout the pandemic and recovery

    by Stephcwc, 6 months ago

    St. Nicholas Catholic High School in Northwich is one of 21 local schools that contributed to a new report, It’s Time To Act: countering the impact of Covid-19 on pupils and schools. Mrs Pardoe, Associate Assistant Headteacher at the school, explains how they supported pupils’ wellbeing over the last year.

    Teachers have had a long-established history of supporting students spiritual, social and emotional needs. We can all bring to mind a student where we have supported students and ensured their basic needs were met. From guaranteeing they are properly dressed in the morning, being a listening ear when they... Continue reading

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    Art, anxiety and me…

    by Phil@CWC, 8 months 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, 8 months 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

    10 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, 11 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