Inspiring change together

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Many residents across the borough are struggling to afford everything they need to live well. This platform is a safe space for stories, advice and tips that will support and inspire others through the rising cost of living.

On Inspiring change together, you can read about what your community and the Council are doing to support everyone through the cost of living crisis. Your voice is important, so please consider sharing your advice, a service that’s helped you, or an inspiring story to give a helping hand to other people in your community.

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Many residents across the borough are struggling to afford everything they need to live well. This platform is a safe space for stories, advice and tips that will support and inspire others through the rising cost of living.

On Inspiring change together, you can read about what your community and the Council are doing to support everyone through the cost of living crisis. Your voice is important, so please consider sharing your advice, a service that’s helped you, or an inspiring story to give a helping hand to other people in your community.

What you can do on Inspiring change together:


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This is a safe space for stories and blogs. We want to hear about what you’ve been doing to help people, a great affordable recipe you've tried, or the support you've received that could help others. These are the words of our residents and community organisations.

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    Green Doctor - helping residents to stay warm and well, tackling energy bills during the cost of living crisis

    30 days ago

    Green Doctors offer free, impartial advice to help people take control of their bills, save energy in the home and access other services and initiatives available. We work with public and private partners to ensure support reaches those who need it most in local communities.

    Our support is available to a wide range of people, many of whom are struggling for the first time so don’t be shy about reaching out for help. In the UK, changes to energy prices and ongoing financial pressures as a result of the cost of living crisis has left many people finding it... Continue reading

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    KidsBank Chester – offering a helping hand

    30 days ago

    Back in 2018, Cathy Pettingale was watching a television interview of a young mother. The young mother talked about being forced to decide whether she should spend her remaining money on food so her children could eat, or heating so her children could keep warm. Overwhelmed with compassion, Cathy was compelled to do something to help families experiencing similar circumstances within her community – that’s when KidsBank Chester was formed, taking the first referral in May 2019.

    KidsBank offers support to families with children aged between 0-12 years. Support can be accessed through:

    Self-Referral
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    Stay Active 4 Less: Brio’s affordable wellness campaign

    3 months ago

    In these challenging times, where the cost of living is on a steady rise, maintaining a healthy lifestyle shouldn't be a luxury. That's where Brio Leisure's Stay Active 4 Less campaign comes into play.

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    Firstly, the campaign introduces Exercise 4 Less, offering innovative and free fitness classes that you can enjoy in the... Continue reading

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    Soul Kitchen helping those in need in Chester

    3 months ago

    Soul Kitchen is run by a group of dedicated volunteers who are committed to supporting those who are homeless, in temporary accommodation, or who are generally struggling due to the rising cost of living and other life experiences.

    Our ethos is to help people get back on their feet through food and friendship. Building up relationships and trust is key to our success.

    We provide a weekly drop-in provision at Campbell Hall, Boughton (opposite The Bike Factory) on a Saturday evening between 5pm and 6.30pm. A warm welcome and a friendly face awaits anyone and everyone who is in need... Continue reading

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    Mid Cheshire Foodbank

    4 months ago


    Mid Cheshire Foodbank provides food support for those in emergency food crisis. To receive a food parcel, you need to be referred to the foodbank. Most community-based groups are referrers such as schools, doctors, churches etc.

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    Thrive to Survive

    4 months ago

    Thrive to Survive is a support service where we advocate and support families and vulnerable women living in Ellesmere Port and Elton who are experiencing financial hardship or crisis. We believe everyone should be able to thrive and not have to simply just survive.

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    GGO Community Group supports Winsford residents

    5 months ago


    The GGO Community Group of Winsford welcomes everybody and anybody. We are a community group run entirely by volunteers, providing a range of support and fun activities for the local community. From food bank referrals to groups and activities for all ages.

    We are located at Finsbury Walk on the St John’s estate, in two bungalows generously provided by Weaver Vale Housing Trust.


    Food Bank and food support
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    Social Prescribing and how it could help you

    7 months ago

    GPs and other health care professionals, with the support of a link worker, can refer you to a range of non-clinical services to help you to explore ways to improve your overall sense of health and wellbeing and make positive lifestyle changes – this is known as Social Prescribing.

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    Tips to save money on your food

    8 months ago

    Cracking Good Food, campaigns against food waste and supports communities to access healthy food. Here are some tips on how to make nutritious dishes while also saving money.

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    Ellesmere Port - The Bread and Butter Thing

    8 months ago

    The Bread and Butter Thing is a charity that provides affordable and good-quality food to people in local communities. Recently we have opened a third hub in west Cheshire where people can sign up to get a low-cost weekly shop including essentials like fresh fruit and veg, fridge favourites and cupboard staples.

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