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Tel / Fax: 01270 211545 Registered Charity No. 506632

COMMUNITY NEWS - August 2005

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Following the disaster in London East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of Emergency ( ICE )" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.


The idea is that you store the word " I C E" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency".   In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them.


It's that simple everyone can do it so Please Do. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.


For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

CLIMB Conference Guildford

On 1st October 2005 CLIMB will be holding their next conference concentrating on Medical Research supported by CLIMB: Practical Management of Organic Acidaemias. All conference fees are subsidised by CLIMB and discounts available for current members. Register early to guarantee your place. For more information on this site please follow this link


Also see

Telephone: 0870 7700 325

e mail

collect a registration form from 176 Nantwich Road, Crewe, CW2 6BG




If you are 60 or over, or if someone who is permanently resident in your home is age 60 or over, then you may be eligible for the unique way to heat and light your home.


It’s called Staywarm and it lets you use as much gas and electricity as you need for a low fixed payment. You can choose whether you pay by Cash/Cheque at the Post Office, weekly, fortnightly or monthly, or by DD monthly.  Local advisors are available to talk about Powergen Staywarm at your club or Community Group at no cost.


To find out how Staywarm could help you phone FREE on:

0800 1 694 694 (please quote reference R1)



The Department of Voluntary Sector Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter offers a unique range of distant learning courses specifically designed for the Voluntary Sector. You can choose to take just one course or work towards a full honours degree in Voluntary Sector Studies.


A usual point of entry is the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers course, which is split into eight manageable sections, each with an experience based assignment. Topics of study include: Confidentiality, Listening Skills, Decision Making and Dealing with Aggression.


Students may, however, choose to start with another course from their extensive range. A list of courses is available at:


All courses are open distance learning; this means that you can study when and where you please at a pace that suits you. Students enjoy first class tutor support by telephone or via a Virtual University, you can download a form from:


Courses are very competitively priced and start from £96 (will increase from August 2005) but you may be able to apply for a grant or fee waiver depending on you circumstances.  Full information can be found at:


For an information pack, just sent an e mail to




South Cheshire College have confirmed their arrangements for support for 2005/2006. The Voluntary and Public Sector employees will be given a 50% reduction in tuition fees for up to and including level three courses only. The 50% balance may be paid by the individual or the organisation providing that a letter to support fees is presented at enrolment.


Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington

(formerly Cheshire and Warrington Voluntary Sector Learning Forum)

  • Would you like the opportunity to affect change in Cheshire & Warrington?
  • Would you like the opportunity to develop new skills?
  • Would you like to be part of the team which develops the new Specialist Infrastructure organisation – Learning Together?

Then this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.   We have recently undertaken a Skills Audit of the present Directors of the new organisation and have a shortage of the following skills:

  • financial procedures
  • risk management
  • knowledge of disability issues
  • skills for life
  • property and leases

We also do not have anyone on the Board of Directors specifically working in Ellesmere Port & Neston, Crewe & Nantwich or Vale Royal.


If you think you could contribute to the Board with any of the above please contact:


Chris Baker
Learning Together Cheshire & Warrington
Folliott House
53 Northgate Street
Chester CH1 2HQ


Fax: 01244 311680




Job descriptions will be made available and training on "Governance - Roles & Responsibilities" is planned.  This could be your opportunity to help to develop your organisation, as well as personal development for you.  As you know we aim to Learn Together!


Crewe Women's Aid

is looking for women to join their Management Committee.


They have monthly meetings in the evening plus occasional involvement in staff interviews and reviews. Sympathy with their aims is important but no special skills are required. They need two or three people. Their AGM is on September 12th at 7.30 at St. Michael's Church Hall, Ford Lane, Crewe.


To enquire about these vacancies and for more information phone:

Deborah on 01270 764681 in the evening
Sherrin on 01270 250391


Domestic Violence – Training & Raising Awareness Video

Barnsley Television has produced a video training package about domestic violence. The video is suitable both for training and raising awareness of some of the issues surrounding domestic violence from a number of different perspectives within a multi-agency context.


To order on video or DVD contact:


Barnsley Television

34 Eldon Street


South Yorkshire  S70 2EL


Tel 01226 771231





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