Who we are
The aim of the Wishing Well is to improve the health and wellbeing of local people through the provision of a range of participative activities and learning opportunities identified and requested by the community.
It has grown into a thriving community support system providing a wide range of health related services and activities to local people and is highly valued by health and social care professionals working with patients and clients living in the area. Our key goals are to:
- Empower and support the community and social participation
- Encourage confidence, ambition and personal development in the community
- Provide local services and activities to encourage a sense of well-being in the community.
How are we funded?
We are funded from a variety of sources; mainly Cheshire East council, the PCT and Wulvern Housing, but also by donations from small organisations and individuals and from fund-raising activities.
Whilst Well activities are community-responsive and led, and whilst we employ around 20 part-time staff our services are mainly delivered by local volunteers supported by students, mainly from MMU or South Cheshire College. All staff and volunteers are trained in necessary and relevant skills to their responsibilities, such as food hygiene or first aid. Most of our staff began as Wishing Well volunteers and all staff and volunteers are CRB checked.
Much of what we do is to help empower and support the social participation of our clients, volunteers and staff, and to encourage confidence, ambition and personal development. Quite a few volunteers have been with us for years; others pass through after a few weeks or months, hopefully more confident and with a sense of wellbeing from supporting their communities and enjoying the company of like minded colleagues and our clients.
The Wishing Well runs a programme of community events and activities designed to support and empower individuals and promote well-being in the community. Activities range from advice and medical local drop in services, catering services, a community cafe, educational courses and more.