Hello Everyone,


We hope that you are all enjoying the half term and hopefully the good weather will last!


You may have noticed that our name has changed from ‘Parent Partnership’ to ‘Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support’, this is inline with the national changes that came in with the new SEN (special education needs) code of practice in September 2015.

You are welcome to call us ‘CEIAS’ for short as it is rather a lengthy title!


We have had some staff changes to our team, Liz retired at Christmas and hopefully is enjoying all her free time as a lady of leisure!  The team is now being co-managed by Karen & Gemma. Diane, Penny, Julie, Sue, Helen, Yvonne and Lenn are all qualified to provide ‘Independent Support’  to parents ,for any applications for ‘a needs assessment for an education, health and care plan’, the new process that replaces statements of SEN. The team is also able to advise, support and signpost families with other types of support that you might need in relation to your child / young person’s education.

We are operating phone duty daily, meaning you should be able to speak to a human being rather than the machine most days between 10am and 2pm … please call the team on 0300 123 5166

Should you encounter the machine, do please leave a brief message with your name and number and we will call you back as soon as we can, as we could be busy on another line when you call.

If you prefer emails – please contact us at ceias@cheshireeast.gov.uk


what’s on ?



Wed 27th May – Half term session at Alsager Leisure Centre (12:30pm – 3:30pm)

A reminder that we have an activity session next week during half term. There will be arrange of different sports activities, arts and crafts, inflatable castle and the opportunity to enjoy a family swim in the last hour. To book a place contact Alex on 07809 665228 or email alex.cartney@everybody.org.uk.





Space4autism run a variety of clubs, groups and special events for children and young people with autism and their families. Please contact the team at : info.space@hotmail.com for more information and how you can sign up.

Space Hoppers is for children aged 0-5yrs

Space for Kids is for 5-10 year olds

Fun Friday is for 10-13 year olds

Space for you  is aimed at 13-19 year olds


Saturday Monthly Movie Night

For the Whole Family

We will be showing various DVD’s for all age groups the first

Saturday of each month

£1.00 per person


Hot Dogs, Pop Corn, Soft Drinks available to buy from our

Tuck Shop

(Adults bring your own Wine & Beer if you wish)

Under 17yrs must be accompanied by an adult


June 6th – Quantum of Solace 007 12

July 4th – Madagascar PG


No need to book just turn up


1b Lowe Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NJ




Once again B.I.R.D   (Brain Injury Rehabilitation & Development) are coming along to Space4Autism .Quite a few of our children have been through the B.I.R.D Programme already and all the parents cannot speak highly enough of the progress their children have made

Date: 15th June  2015

Time:  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Venue: 1b Lowe Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SKII 7NJ





Looking forward is a group for young people to be able to socialise together and learn some new skills. Together they have been to ice cream factories, shopping at Cheshire Oaks, Ten pin bowling and so, so much more! They meet most evenings in various locations for dancersize, bowling, discos, crafts and much more. Some times transport is included to come of the activities. Places are limited so you need to get in touch … Remember, you can use your direct payments to fund any of our sessions!

If you would like to join in any our activities/groups or find out any more information regarding timing or cost, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle on 07511 189331 or email looking.forward@btinternet.com


I have attached the latest newsletter from Michelle at Looking Forward above – here’s an extract …

“In March, some of our group members spent a lovely long weekend on holiday near Llangollen in Wales. During this time everyone enjoyed soaking in the hot tub at the cottage, trips out exploring the local village, walks in the country side and hearty pub lunches. They also had a fabulous disco and karaoke night to celebrate a special staff birthday! We have already made reservations for our next residential trip away, so if you’d like to get involved please contact Michelle on 07511189331 for details”


Sat 13th June – Family Fun Event at Congleton Leisure Centre (1:30pm – 3:30pm)

Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust, Everybody Sport & Recreation and Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum are holding a Family Fun Event as part of National Carers Week. The event is FREE and will have lots of different activities to enjoy. These include adapted bikes, arts & crafts, multi-sports, hand massage, information stalls, nail art and more. No need to book just turn up and have a go.

Email : alex.cartney@everybody.org.uk. If you require more information.


Below is information forwarded from Alex at Everybody Leisure…


We still have spaces available on the holiday session at Alsager Leisure Centre so if you would like to book on just give me a call or drop me an email.


We have finalised dates for the next 3 trampolining sessions at Knutsford, these are:


Wednesday 3rd June 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 24th June 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30pm

Wednesday 8th July 5:30-6:30 and 6:30-7:30pm


Spaces on the trampolining will be limited to 6 per session and will be on  a first come first served basis. Due to set costs associated with the session we CANNOT GUARENTEE SPACES UNTIL WE RECEIVE PAYMENT.  If you would like a space on the session please let me know and I will let you know how to pay.


As always, if you have any questions about these or any of our other sessions or programmes please do not hesitate to contact me.


Many thanks



Alex Cartney, BA (Hons), MA.

Community Coach and Coordinator – Inclusion

Everybody Sport & Recreation

Leisure and Partnerships Development Team

Macclesfield Town Hall



SK10 1EA


Mob: 07809665228

Email: alex.cartney@everybody.org.uk




We would love to hear your feedback on how the Inclusion Programme is running! please follow this link to our online survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EBInclusion14



Everybody Leisure also run  Active8 Sessions – soft play in  Fun4All ,Queens Avenue, Macclesfield SK10 2DG and Playworld 416 Newcastle Road, Shavington, Crewe. Please contact Alex Cartney on 07809 665 228 for more details.


Cygnet Swim is a session run in Alsager Leisure Centre on Hassel Road, Alsager. ST7 2HP, Sundays once a month please contact Alex for more information.



Let’s Play!  is an exciting event for people to try different disability activities across the country. The events are to give disabled people the opportunity to try a range of different sports, find out information the nearest club and ask any questions you may have.


The nearest event to Cheshire East is taking place in Warrington on 25th July. However for some people it maybe easier to get to the event taking place at Manchester Soccerdome on the same day. For more information on the events, including booking onto an individual event, visit the Lets Pay website at www.letsplay-it.co.uk/<http://www.letsplay-it.co.uk/>.


Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme (CCBS) is a voluntary not for profit organisation. Established in 2004 CCBS supports children and young people with disabilities, their families and their siblings through activity clubs, holiday clubs and residential breaks. CCBS currently runs 6 activity groups, supporting over 100 young people and their families

The SATURDAY CLUB in Crewe and Macclesfield. A general club for all children and young people with disabilities. A chance to meet friends and play in a safe environment, as well as get involved in some of the activities- cookery, crafts, dance, BIG ball games, wheelchair basketball to name just a few.

The ADVENTURE TEENS (an out and about group) in Crewe and Macclesfield. This is aimed at the older children and aims to get them away from the centre with day trips and visits- Crewe Fire Station, Snowdome, Ironbridge

There is also a weekly YOUTH CLUB at Shavington Youth Centre, Tuesday 7-9pm. This is run by Cheshire Youth Service, supported by CCBS members of staff

The ONE:ONE CLUB – Busy Buddies (for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties). Sessions run once a month 1-4pm. The group often visit the special Adventure Playground in Newcastle-under-Lyme, go swimming in Alsager or track cycling in Manchester. We have successfully run a ONE:ONE CLUB in Crewe for the past 5 years. We have received funding to start a similar club in Macclesfield and you can obtain more details by contacting Louise Bailey 07938163103 or email cheshirebuddies@outlook.com

In addition, there is the SIBLINGS GROUP for the brothers and sisters of a disabled child. The aim of the group is to provide the young people with a break from their caring responsibilities and to offer support through trips and activities- canoeing, ice skating, watching football at the Etihad Stadium.

And finally there is the CARERS GROUP. We are aware that many parents and carers find it difficult to cope on a day to day basis. The demands of caring can be immense, exhausting and at times even overwhelming. The group aims to provide short, but well-earned breaks from the role of caring – chat and chill over a cup of coffee, go for a guided walk in Macclesfield Forest, have a manicure/pedicure, go for a swim and also enjoy lunch together.

A Carers Group, based at Springfield School In Crewe was launched at the beginning of May and we have now launched a similar club in Macclesfield. The activities for each group will be very much determined by the group and we are keen to hear from anyone who is interested in joining.

If you are interested in any of the above groups and require more information please contact : Stephanie Lawley: 07873423389  or Louise Bailey: 07938163103

Alternatively please email : cheshirebuddies@outlook.com    or  slawley@btinternet.com


Friends For Leisure

Friends for Leisure arranges activities from one-to-one friendships through to group activities, such as drama and sports sessions, for disabled children & young people aged 5-21 who live in Cheshire East. We also help our children and young people access activities of their choice, with or without a volunteer friend. Company Overview Think ability, not disability

Our stated objectives 1) The relief of stress and social exclusion of children and young people with disabilities by promoting mainstream friendship and leisure opportunities 2) To educate the public by raising awareness about disability and the importance of equality and inclusion.

There are a variety of groups that meet regularly including Youth Groups, Cookery & Craft, tennis, bowling and Drama. Please contact the group  directly to book for sessions and for more information as to what is entailed. on: 01260 275333  or email :info@friendsforleisure.org.uk  the group meets in a variety of locations across Cheshire East in Crewe, Congleton & Macclesfield.  http://www.friendsforleisure.org.uk/activities/

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________l Cheshire Blades FC is a Crewe based football team that aims to create a fun and safe environment for young people of all ages and abilities to enjoy playing the game. Children with assisted needs can  attend a session that is specifically designed for them. Run by coach Rob Dutton who is a trained in disability coaching, the aim is to provide children with either physical or mental  disabilities a safe and welcoming environment to participate in sport & football. The coaches that assist are CRB checked and have the relevant safeguarding and first aid training. The coaching sessions are on a Saturday morning at the Peacock football ground ( literally behind the Peacock Pub)on Crewe road, Nantwich. For more information please contact coach Rob Dutton on 07799 864 233  or via the club page http://www.cheshireblades.co.uk/

Cheshire East Parent Carer forum is open to all parents/carers of children/young people that have any additional need/disability. The group of voluntary parents are a voice for other parents and can meet with local authority ,health and social care professionals amongst many others…helping to make a difference for all of our children. They always need your help, even if only to gather your views via short surveys or at parent forums and events. Take a look at their website and see how you can get involved, or what support they can offer you. Contact them on 07794  431 768  or email: cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com they would love to hear from you! Tell us about upcoming events, give us your feedback on the site, general comments about the forum or anything you think we need to know! As we are all volunteers, be patient with us if we can’t get back to you straight away.

c/o Cheshire Carers Centre, (Unit 1, 14 & 15), Brierly Business Centre, Crewe, CW1 2AZ    website : http://cepcf.org/parent-support/



Lots of parents/carers find attending coffee mornings organised by the Cheshire Carers centre a really helpful way of accessing information and networking with other parents. If you are feeling isolated and would like to meet other parents that might be going through similar issues with their child/young person with SEN/additional needs or a disability, why not visit one of the coffee mornings. They are really informal and everyone is really friendly ,you can always take a friend along for moral support.

Coffee mornings – dates for the diary

1st Monday of the month

Parent carer coffee morning

Crewe 10.30-12.30

Unit 1 Brierley Business Centre,

Mirion Street,

Crewe CW1 2AZ


1st Wednesday of the month

Parent carer coffee morning

Macclesfield 10.30-12.30




SK11 6QJ


2nd Monday of the month

Carers Crafting Group

Crewe Carers Centre 10am –12 noon


2nd Wednesday of the month

Parent carer coffee morning

Congleton 10.30-12.30

Ruby’s Sensory Centre, Roe Street,


Please call Lisa on 01606 352834 or email dcd@cheshirecarerscentre.org.uk   for more information and clarification of dates of next meetings.






There are some upcoming events for parents/carers being hosted by the Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust… please book directly with the individual organisations if you are interested, thank you. Attached above is the latest newsletter.



A free course to help people to manage money better and learn to budget, save and spend well.

Course begins on June 22nd, in Crewe 12.30pm- 2,45pm. In Marbury Centre,96 West Street, Crewe CW1 3HE.  Please contact Annette Crawford on 075 945 57938  for more information (flyer attached above.)


And finally…

Please note that we have had to cancel the upcoming event ‘meet the health & care professionals’ booked for June 25th at Middlewich Community Church. We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to run something similar in the next academic year.

Please look out for our next newsletter with more information on the changes to SEN ,exclusions guidance, pupil premiums and mental health guidance.

If anyone wishes us to promote activities, groups, events or services suitable for our families in Cheshire East then please email the team at ceias@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Apologies for any duplications we have sent that you may have received from other services.

Hope that everyone has a lovely half term break.




Karen Lynch


Service Cheshire East Information,Advice & Support (C.E.I.A.S.)


Please note that I work part-time and will get back to you as soon as I am able to do so.

Please contact Cheshire East Information,Advice and Support (CEIAS) via the main office number or by email in my absence.


PPS Office: 0300 123 5166


Int: 21509

Email: ceias@cheshireeast.gov.uk





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Office Location: Delamere House, Floor 4, Delamere Street, Crewe, CW1 2LL


Postal Address: Parent Partnership Service, Floor 4, C/O  Municipal Buildings, Earle Street, Crewe, CW1 2BJ


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