We are a small, but vibrant local Charity providing a range of services to children and young people from Macclesfield and its surrounding areas. In particular, we seek to support those who have or are facing multiple disadvantages and those experiencing challenges with their emotional health.
We seek to remove red tape and to promote quick and easy access to all of our services for young people aged 12-25.
Our services are outcome focused, based on best evidence and built around need. We are person-centred, professional, transparent and accountable.
We highly value our localism and thrive as a result of community involvement and volunteering.
We aim to reduce stigma, promote resilience and seek to intervene early where ever possible.
We encourage young people to have a voice and actively participate in the life of the charity.
The services we currently offer are:
A free counselling service
A drop-in information and support service
A life-skills kitchen diner ‘MyPad’
A range of life-skills projects
Early help and friendship groups for 12-18-year-olds
We are also an active partner within the multi-agency Cheshire East Emotionally Healthy Schools Project
Our MyPad facility is now well established having been set up in 2012 as a result of European Social Fund grant monies and support from the local business community.
Based on the top floor of our rented premises, the large attic kitchen area provides an invaluable informal and welcoming space for young people to gain important life-skills for the future. It can also provide a short-term safety net for those facing immediate and critical challenges such as homelessness or financial hardship.
The kitchen is available 6 days a week, with both cooking and life-skills sessions being delivered within the space each day. Young people are supported in the sessions by our fully trained and vetted Volunteers whose work is overseen by the Volunteer and Services Co-ordinator.
Young people can use the kitchen for free with a maximum cap of £5.00 per session. Sessions are needs led and can include, cooking on a low income, cooking for children, healthy eating, budgeting, maintaining a tenancy and using a washing machine.