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CYG – Friends for Leisure (Congleton)

Congleton Youth Group – Every other Thursday evening in term time – £4.00
Tuck shop available


Please note: All Friends for Leisure activities are for young people who are registered with FFL. If you are not already registered or know someone who would like to attend please visit our website | 01260 275333 |

Friends for Leisure – Promoting everyday friendship and leisure opportunities for disabled children and young people.

Summer Holidays 2015 – Activities for disabled young people in Cheshire East

Friends for Leisure, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, Everybody Sport & Recreation, Cheshire Centre for Independent Living & Oakhanger Project have joined together to put on a summer of activities for disabled young people in Cheshire East.

Full details of all activities can be found here SummerFlyer2015_Final or on our What’s On page

Friends for Leisure: email
Ages 5 – 21. You must be registered with Friends for Leisure to attend the activities we provide. Siblings are welcome to all our holiday activities. We only have limited places, so please call 01260 275333 to book. If you’d like to come to our activities, but aren’t registered already then please get in touch at least 2 weeks before the activity.

Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme: email
CCBS will be running a number of different activities and clubs throughout the summer holidays. We ask all parents to register their child in advance. Contact Tori on 07743341981. We provide lunch and we have limited transport available in the Crewe area. CCBS also provide support for carers and siblings of disabled children.

Everybody Sport and Recreation: email alex.cartney@everybody,org,ukAges 3 – 25. All our activities are for all the family to take part with siblings welcome. There’s no registration required in advance, but you will be required to complete a registration form at your first session. Parents are asked to remain on site at the session. For more information or to book a place on our activities please contact Alex Cartney (07809 665228) or Andy Molyneux (07506 317055)

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living / Buzz Youth Group: email
Ages 8 – 18. Full registration is required before attendance at an activity. Existing members, please email or ring 01606 661853 to confirm your attendance.

If you wish to register as a new member please contact Melanie Hinde on 01606 331853

Please note that the Buzz Youth Activity Group is a fully inclusive group and parents / carers are not required to attend activity sessions with their young person.

Oakhanger Project: email
All ages welcome. Activity and adventure programmes for children of all ages and their families. We also provide training and support in volunteering and leadership, and specialist courses in Canoeing and Kayaking. The Action Team provides support for young volunteers ages 14 – 17, and prepares them for leadership in activity and adventure. For more information, call 01270 882158 or 07999 932963

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum Code of Conduct

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum – Code of Conduct

“The Forum” refers to Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum

All parent carers must observe this Code of Conduct whilst on any Forum business. Failure to do so will result in the member being asked to resign from the Forum.

1. To remember you are representing the Forum for all parent-carers of children and young people with a disability and additional needs up to the age of 25.

2. You are not representing and should not refer to or seek to promote your own child or young person, your personal aims or own organisation

3. To be friendly and courteous to all present, not to make rude or sarcastic comments, and not to shout to make your point

4. To treat others with dignity and respect and allow all the opportunity to comment and finish speaking, and not talk over other people

5. To be honest, open and not judgmental. You can still be seen as a ‘critical friend’

6. To speak through the Chair and follow and respect the Chair’s guidance

7. To follow the agenda and observe any time limits. This can be achieved by keeping to the point and being interested and listening to others to reach effective decisions and actions.

8. As representing the Forum you will be accountable for your actions.

9. Do not talk about people you do not know and do not say anythning detrimental about someone if they are not present to defend themselves.

10. To appreciate that others attending will have roles and responsibilities and certain duties they wll have to adhere to and perform.

11. Everyone should be treated equally, with no abusive or discriminatory language or swearing.

12. If you have a grievance or are aware of things happening that would damage the Forum, you must go through proper procedures

At meetings:

13. Before agreeing to any action when representing the Forum at meetings, you must state that the action must be agreed by the organisation first before you can proceed. Any action agreed, must be actioned.

14. Representatives for the Forum should be properly prepared for the meeting by reading all relevant papters and bringing them to the meeting. They should be punctual and if possible stay for the whole meeting. For expenses, please see the Financial Control Policy.

15. All Forum representatives should ensure that it meets the aims and objectives of the Organisation as it appears in the Terms of Reference ( and Constitution)

16. At any meeting, confidentiality of individuals and partner organisations shall be respected.

17. No political statement or political bias or judgment shall be demonstrated at meetings.

18. Any Conflict of Interest at meetings shall be declared immediately.   See below.

19. The right remains to ask if uncertain or worried about anything including jargon and acronyms

Conflict of Interest

1. Members should disclose any interest in the decision making, whether it be personal or on behalf of another group, they consider will affect their participating in the matter under discussion.

2. Members must not expect to receive more or less favourable treatment because they are a member of the Forum, or represent the Forum.

3. Members must use the normal procedures for reporting incidents or making complaints.

Breach of Code of Conduct

1. If a member demonstrates that they have broken the Forum Code of Conduct they will be warned by the Chair. If it happens again they will be asked to leave the meeting immediately and/or resign, as appropriate.

2. If the member continues to ignore the Forum Code of Conduct the Chair will ask the Steering Group to rescind membership of the Forum.

3. If you bring the Forum into disrepute you may be asked to resign

4. If you miss 3 consecutive meetings without giving reason, you will no longer be a member of the Steering Group.

Please note:

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum fully appreciates the commitment of parent-carer representatives attending meetings and will expect that other organisations’ representatives will also give our Forum representatives the same respect and consideration as laid down in this Code of Conduct.



Oakhanger Project A4A – Activities for All

Build your own shelter, paddle your own canoe or kayak. All this and much more at the family activity days. £7.50 for the day

Oakhanger Project: email
All ages welcome. Activity and adventure programmes for children of all ages and their families. We also provide training and support in volunteering and leadership, and specialist courses in Canoeing and Kayaking. The Action Team provides support for young volunteers ages 14 – 17, and prepares them for leadership in activity and adventure. For more information, call 01270 882158 or 07999 932963

AGM 2015: Chair and Treasurer’s reports

We held our Annual General Meeting on Monday 27 April. It was great to see all of you who came and took part.

We said big thanks you to our departing Chair, Suzanne Hoxworth and Treasurer, Lucy Wilcox, and we elected Nicola Bartzis as our new Chair, and Gill Davies as our new Treasurer.

Please follow these links to read the Chair’s report and the Treasurer’s report:

Chairpersons report 2015

Treasurer’s report 2014-15


OPEN FORUM – New dates confirmed (27 Feb & 19 Mar)

The dates for our daytime and evening Open Forums looking at Activities, Groups and Residential (short break) services have now been confirmed.

The daytime Open Forum is on Friday 27 February 2015, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at Middlewich Community Church (CW10 0JG)

The evening Open Forum is on Thursday 19 March, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, at Ruby’s Fund, Congleton (CW12 1PG)

To book your place, please call 07794431768, or email us at

Parent Carers’ Careers Support

Clare Gallagher, who is a parent carer herself, works for the National Careers Service:

“If you are anything like me, you probably have very little time left in your day to consider yourself, and your own wishes and aspirations for the future?

My name is Clare Gallagher, and I am a carer for my youngest of my 4 children, Jenni, who has a rare, life-limiting genetic condition. Many of you may have lost confidence in your own abilities and it may have been some time since you have worked or been in some form of study, training or voluntary work. Last year, during Carers Week, Nicola Holyoak, Lisa and staff from the Crewe Carers Centre and I, organised a “Careers and Employability Workshop”, which was attended by around 18 carers, both of adults and children and young people. The feedback from the event, was positive, but revealed a demand for careers guidance and support in its many forms: 1:1 guidance, confidence building skills, assistance with CV’s and completing application forms and information on part-time college or training and voluntary work opportunities.

I was on the steering group for the Cheshire East Parent Carers Forum for a year until I started work, so I am familiar with many of the issues/barriers around returning to work or study.

In my new role is a “Progression Worker” for The National Careers Service, I will be available to support any parent carer in the East Cheshire area, in any careers related enquiry. My colleague, Nicola Holyoak, already may be known to you as she provides a similar service to adult carers in the East Cheshire area at Crewe Carers Centre.

The advice and support I can give you is completely impartial – I am not linked to any college, employer or training organisation, and if there is anything that I can’t help you with, I am able to “signpost” you on to a service that can.

If you would like to talk to me at the Crewe Carers Centre, please contact Lisa at the Crewe Carers Centre on 07875976016. She will be able to organise a suitable date and time to see me. I will also hope to attend many of the Crewe parent carers coffee mornings (First Monday of the month), so please feel free to talk to me then, if you’d prefer.

I will also be available on certain dates at Nantwich and Sandbach libraries; to arrange an appointment, please ‘phone/text me on 07891829625, or email me on


Short Breaks Open Forums in January 2015

Save the date! Short Breaks Open Forums

We will be holding two open forums in January 2015, focussing on Short Breaks. We want as many as possible to be able to attend, so we’re having one in the daytime and one in the evening again.

The daytime event will be Tuesday 20 January from 10 am to 2 pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Elworth (School Lane, Sandbach, CW11 3HU)

The evening event will be Thursday 29 January from 6.30pm to 9 pm at Ruby’s FundCongleton (Meridian House, Roe St, CW12 1PG)

For more information, or to book your place, please contact us on 07794431768 or email

Hope to see you there!