Celebrations as latest Connected Communities centre opens

Residents of all ages came to celebrate the opening of the latest Connected Communities centre.

Local volunteers and organisations supported the event at St Barnabas’ Church, on the Moss Estate, Macclesfield, with stalls and fun for all, including a free barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting, charity clothes sale, homemade cakes and a raffle.

Connected Communities centres are where local community venues, such as churches, village halls and community cafes, are given a grant by Cheshire East Council of £2,500 to help develop services that are needed and requested locally.

Cheshire East Council’s communities team gives ongoing support and guidance to the centres to ensure their continued success.

Working with communities enables more residents to be offered improved access to services, as well as a place to meet, get support or learn something new.

The council plans to establish 30 centres across the borough by the end of this year. Eleven have opened to date.

Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages come along to the celebration event at St Barnabas’ Church (last Friday).

“I was pleased to be able to recognise great community volunteers Jayne Shaw and Katy Wardle, who work really hard to make good things happen, such as this event, and on bringing the whole community together.”

Cheshire East Council has invested £150,000 in developing Connected Communities centres and each one is supported by a neighbourhood partnership representing local people as well as a range of agencies, including the police, health services and the voluntary sector.

From coffee mornings, computer classes and line dancing, to learning a language, sharing a problem and support for stroke sufferers – there’s something for everyone.

Every centre will also have a computer tablet connected to our Live Well community information website, helping residents to easily find out what’s available in the area.

To find out more about Connected Communities in Cheshire East visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/communities or email: communities@cheshireeast.gov.uk
People can also phone the council’s communities team on 01270 685880.

The centres that are now open are:
● Audlem Community Hall, 12 Cheshire Street, Audlem CW3 0AH (Tel: 01270 811011);
● The Bridgend Centre, 104 Palmerstone Street, Bollington SK10 5PW (Tel: 01625 576311);
● St John’s Church, Wilwick Lane, Macclesfield SK11 8RS (Tel: 01625 612511);
● The Welcome Café, 146-147 Longridge, Knutsford WA16 8PD (Tel: 01565 750905);
● St Barnabas’ (Barnies), West Street, Crewe CW1 3HX (Tel: 07949 240371);
● Beechmere Extra Care Village, Rolls Avenue, Crewe CW1 3FT (01270 747457);
● Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB (Tel: 01625 872238);
● Belong Crewe, Brookhouse Drive, Crewe CW2 6NA (Tel: 01270 561200);
● Church of the Resurrection (Core), Upton Priory, Macclesfield SK10 3EP (Tel: 01625 820337);
● United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow SK9 1PR (Tel: 01625 532600); and
● St Barnabas Church, 42 Lyme Avenue, Macclesfield SK11 7RS.

Coming soon:
● Jubilee House, St Paul’s Street, Crewe CW1 2QA (opening 6 August)
● The George’s Community Centre, West Street, Crewe CW2 8SL (opening 12 August)

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