The Cheshire Academy of Integrated Sports and Arts is based locally in
Macon Way, Crewe and is there to help and support people in the community
with a variety of problems through many activities.
There is child support, where parents who have children with behavioural
problems are assisted to help to deal with the situation and to help improve
the child's behaviour. The Academy also helps children with special needs
and without special needs, gain social skills through sports. They also help
to support parents with special needs children.
The Academy is for the community and it serves the whole of Cheshire but
primarily it serves Crewe and Nantwich. It has members that attend from the
age of 18 months onwards and some have special needs. The staff at the Academy
are put through an ongoing training program where they get to do many courses
such as psychology, first aid, child protection and sports courses. Allowing
them to offer more to the children. They are able to do this because they
have a close relationship with the Sports Development Offices and are sent
on courses for training in sports programs.
The Academy has many volunteers that help out with the activities and are
currently looking for more. The volunteers are all CRB checked and
they have to have the enthusiasm to want to work with the children. The Academy
for a variety of people to volunteer, the age range is from 17years
plus. The volunteers are assessed on their abilities and are then trained
area that they are keen to do. They are then mentored throughout this
process of learning a new skill.
Quite a few people here started as volunteers
now they are qualified in something
says Jane Whetnall.
we do have volunteers that don't want to do any training and
that's alright, they can
still be fantastic volunteers
All that the Academy asks is that
the volunteers are able to do least one hour every week.
The Academy is able to pay for kits, trips and entrance fees to games through
fundraising. So they also look for volunteers who can help with these events
from making cakes, designing leaflets to organising the event.
If you would like to find out more information about volunteering or would
like to find out about upcoming events contact:
Iain Chalmers or Jane Whetnall on