There are a range of assets in local communities which can be harnessed to drive social action. These include people, skills, facilities, policies and regulations.
The new Social Action Partnership Service is working closely with the Cheshire East Council Communities Team to undertake an asset mapping exercise to help identify needs and gaps, and working with local leaders to mobilise these assets into action and in developing local solutions.
A vital tool for this work is the Live Well Cheshire East resource which the Cheshire East Social Action Partnership is working closely with to provide updates and utilise this important information with groups.
There is also a link with social prescribing which can put local people in touch with local support which can benefit them.
Social Action is about people coming together to help improve the life outcomes of local people, by identifying and solving problems or issues that are important to them.
The Social Action Partnership provides a range of support to VCFSE groups and organisations to help to undertake social action.
This includes developing Social Innovation Networks. To find our more about developing a Social Innovation Network please see the following Social Innovation Guide.
To find out more or for support please contact our Team.
My Bright Idea
My Bright Idea Grants Up to of £250 for local residents of Cheshire East who wish to share their skills, interest and passions through volunteering to promote or deliver projects or events that will improve the health and wellbeing of their community.
Our Community Bright Idea Grants Up to £10,000 to support the continuation and development of VCFSE sector organisations and local projects that are created with the local community.
***Please note that all processing for the Bright Idea Funds are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 situation. ***
This includes any applications submitted to the fund from March onwards. We will update this web page as soon as possible regarding the future reinstatement of the Bright Idea Fund.
A time-limited fund, Covid-19 Community Response & Recovery Grant, has been developed by the council to support local organisations through this pandemic.
For more information and advice about applying please click here.
Live Well Cheshire East
Live Well Cheshire East provides information and advice on a range of subjects, and an easy to use directory of over 3000 services and activities in your area.
The Cheshire East Social Action Partnership is pleased to be working directly with Cheshire East Council to help populate and maintain this vitally important resource for the Cheshire East VCFSE sector and communities.
To Find out more from the Social Action Partnership about how Live Well Cheshire East can be used for your own community or social action project please contact our Team.
To access Live Well Cheshire East direct and the information available please click here.
What is Social Action?
Social Action is about people coming together to help improve the life outcomes of local people, by identifying and solving problems or issues that are important to them. Some kinds of social action happen naturally. But the extent to which social action is joined up, effective, and thriving may depend on how much encouragement, support, and leadership it has in a local area.
There are many examples of excellent social action taking place in communities across Cheshire East. The Cheshire East Social Action Partnership Service provides a range of support to the Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector to help them to undertake social action. This will enable the sector to develop and flourish locally, particularly through the building of local connections and partnerships between organisations and sectors.