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Innovation unit

Innovation Unit

Would you like to make a difference in your neighbourhood or your street?

Are there local issues that you would like to tackle together with members of your community?

The council’s Innovation Unit is here to help communities and individuals get their good ideas off the ground.

Whether you want to provide activities for young people, support older people in your community or deliver a service yourself via a social enterprise, the Innovation Unit can make sure you get the help, information and support that you need.

You can submit your ideas and suggestions to the Innovation Unit using the online form.  If you have difficulty using the form, you can also email us direct at innovationunit@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Case studies

To help get your good ideas flowing, here are some examples of projects that Cheshire West communities have already successfully got off the ground….

BASE Moto Park, Ellesmere Port

Local bike enthusiasts and residents joined forces to end anti-social behaviour and illegal riding by providing a facility for young people to use.

The council provided the land, plus an industrial unit to be used as a membership and enquiry office, first aid and health and safety centre. 

The BASE team developed an in-school reward scheme and school engagement programme which provides incentives to children who work well in school – with points to be used on the track, helping to tackle truancy.

Mums 2 Mums

Mums 2 Mums is a peer mentoring project, which trains young mums to provide support and advice to other young people on teenage pregnancy.

The two-year project provides support for younger mums around life skills, running a home on a budget or simply coping with the added pressure of having a child.  The hope is that once the mentored mums grow in confidence and skills, they can become mentors themselves.

Community choir

The choir gives people aged from 10 to 70 of all singing abilities the chance to grow in confidence and build friendships as they sing as part of a group.

There are no auditions, joining fees or subs.  The choir is open to absolutely everyone.  It provides escapism and removes inter-generational barriers.

Narrow boat

A narrow boat in need of refurbishment is being used as part of a project to bring together young people and experienced people in a renovation project.  The aim is to improve the confidence and skills of those involved, as well as potentially leading to qualifications.

The project links closely with Ellesmere Port’s Trinity Church, which has been turned into a community hub.  Much of the original internal woodwork, for example pews and block flooring is being recycled and re-used as part of the narrow boat’s refurb.

Westminster food

Ellesmere Port residents have for many years been asking for a local shop, which produces healthy, affordable food.

Westminster Food is a local group that teaches people how to eat healthily, cook nutritious family meals and grow their own food.  The group is looking at the potential of opening community allotments and developing a small social enterprise run by local volunteers that could sell the produce that is grown at non-profit rates.

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