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Changing Lives Together

Changing Lives Together is driven by a single goal: to do their part in making the world a better place for all.

A range of services and volunteering opportunities are provided for all kinds of people.

Concern for the environment is also shown and the volunteers do not make any judgements.

​Changing Lives Together is a Social Enterprise and registered charity.

That means reinvestment in the people of Cheshire. There are not any shareholders wanting profits.​

  • Community Transport users make over 40,000 trips a year
  • Volunteers give over 2,300 hours of their time to support their socially isolated neighbours.
  • Over 6,500 Cheshire families find affordable furniture every year.
  • Redistributed, since 2012, over 35,000 litres of reusable paints as part of the Community Repaint
  • In 2019 we saved about 1,000 tons of waste from landfill and over 2,200 tonnes of CO2 from our atmosphere.

The Cheshire Food Hub in the Old School House, just over the canal bridge on Manchester Road and it provides a helping hand to all by offering a selection of food that would have been going to the waste tip.

The surplus stock is from Supermarkets and Farmers and for a low cost (£5) supply a bag of shopping up to a value of £30.


Opening times are Tuesday 6.30 to 7.30pm

Wednesday 10.30 am to 2.30pm

Friday 10.30am to 2.30 pm

There is also a community café offering tasty meals at very reasonable prices.

The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming to all and you may want to volunteer for the buddy and befriending scheme calling lonely people.

For further information see


Neighbourhood Watch Grows in Lostock Gralam

There are at present six Neighbourhood Watch schemes in our local area and, thanks to Dilys and Pat, invitation cards have been delivered  recently inviting more people to join schemes and as a result, to date, ten new members have signed up.

Lostock Gralam – Harris Rd. N/H Watch Scheme
Lostock Gralam – School Lane Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Lostock Gralam Community Centre NW Scheme
Northwich – Shakerley – Birches Lane Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Northwich, Lostock – Hesketh Drive Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
Northwich, Lostock – Manchester Rd Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

We are inviting our co-ordinators, to come to the Parish Council meetings which are held on the first Monday of each month in the Church Hall to discuss the security of their neighbourhood with the Parish Council and our PCSO Phil Hambleton often attends.
Phil, and the police generally, are looking for more feedback from the public so that action can be taken effectively and the Neighbourhood Watch schemes are set up so we can all make a difference by having useful two-way communication.

600 Happy People Enjoy the Fun Day

The weather was bright and sunny for the 600 or so members of the community.

The opening welcome was made by 11 year old Chloe.

There was lots of things for the children including free rides, alpacas, bouncy castle, trampolines, circus tricks, entertaining music from the talented band Harley and Dutch and sounding off the sirens in the police car.

Local businesses and the church  attended (no charge) and the football team kindly helped to tidy up.

The event was really successful and thanks go to all the volunteers  who helped to make it such a memorable day.

The Community Centre is looking for volunteers to help plan our next exciting events- please call Pat on 0777 301 2952

The IWFS Catering College competition 2023 has started well

Six catering colleges in the North of England are holding an in house heats to produce two winners to go through to the final on 21 April  2023.

The theme is vegetarian and the Vegetarian Society Cookery School has kindly sponsored with prizes and supplying ingredients to the  colleges. We are also being helped by Saga Cruises and Amato Foods who recognise the benefits for the hospitality industry in supporting  the next generation of chefs.

The names of the winners  will be announced at the Awards Lunch on 12 May and Paul Heathcote MBE is heading up a team of five judges.