Carers Blog

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Cheshire West Carer Support service

A new integrated carer service was launched in May 2018 and supports Cheshire West and Chester residents to access a range of carer support services from seven local organisations.

Key features include the following.

  • Community-based services with universal access for people who have caring responsibilities.
  • One single point of access to carer support services.
  • A fully integrated approach to make sure carers have access to both generic and specialist support across the borough.

To make sure accessing the range of community activities and services available is as simple and straightforward as possible, the new model has a single phone number and point of access, as well as clear referral pathways between those who provide services. This will help carers to better navigate the system and allow professionals to clearly signpost and refer. If people’s needs change, they will be seamlessly referred between providers to make sure their needs continue to be met.

If you are a carer, or someone working to support carers, and would like to find out more information, contact the service: 0300 102 0008 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm). You can also visit its website: or email:

District carers meetings

All unpaid carers are welcome to attend any of the district carers meetings, which are run by Cheshire West and Chester Council. You can also ask to receive a copy of the minutes from these meetings. Contact Yolanda Baker, Carers Lead Liaison Officer: 07827 233245 or

Chester and Ellesmere Port district carers

Upcoming meetings are to be confirmed.

Vale Royal district carers

Upcoming meetings are to be confirmed.

Friends of Mulberry Charity

Friends of Mulberry is a voluntary group of parents, carers and friends, whose aim is to improve the quality of life for adults with a disability between the age of 18 and 65 in the Chester area. The group was formed in 1995.

The charity has provided and maintained minibuses to transport those using services into the community and take part in various activities, such as riding and swimming. Money has also been raised by the group for a sensory garden, vegetable garden, adapted bikes and electrical equipment, such as CD players, cameras and computers.

The charity has a Tote Draw once a month and this is open to anyone for £1 a week.

For more information about the charity, or to support its fundraising efforts, contact Fred Dixon, Treasurer: 01244 336732 or

Friends of Ellesmere Port Charity

The Friends of Ellesmere Port Charity was formed in 1998 by a group of volunteers, with the aim of raising funds to help support adults with learning disabilities. The services it supports are supported living and respite at Dover Drive in Ellesmere and respite at Dorin Court in Chester. The charity’s committee is made up of our staff members and parents of children who use our services.

The charity has provided sensory equipment, garden furniture, computer and musical equipment, as well as parties at Valentines, Halloween and Christmas.

If anyone would like to join the charity’s committee, or help in any fundraising events, contact Marion Redfern, Secretary:

Learning Disability Partnership Board (LDPB) – Cheshire West and Chester

View the LDPB’s news bulletins.

The People’s Choice Group is part of the LDPB.

Other useful links and resources