Over the Christmas period we successfully delivered Christmas parcels to elderly individuals across South Cheshire and Vale Royal that were identified through our Alternative Solutions Service as socially isolated.
The aim of Cheshire Christmas Elves for the Elderly project was to reaching out into our local communities of South Cheshire and Vale Royal, in the hope to deliver some christmas cheer for those elderly residents who are less fortunate, and who’s Christmas may not be filled with the love and warmth of having family and friends around them.
Thank you to the generous individuals, local businesses such as Bentley Motors crewe, Pathways CIC staff and the members of Good Gym Crewe for donating wonderful gifts and shoeboxes for the cause, in addition to the Children at Beechwood Primary School in Crewe who created wonderful Christmas Cards to go alongside our shoeboxes.
Pathways CIC staff volunteered to support the project, from contacting clients, wrapping and prepping shoeboxes to delivering the gifts on the day.
One member of staff said
" I found the day to have been a mixture of emotions, I went into this expecting it to be all joyous and uplifting, although many aspects of it were, however, I drive past these houses regularly and it was a real eye opener that you certainly don't know what goes on behind a closed door.
We met with many people, and all were taken back and extremely thankful to have been given a gift, some were tearful and overwhelmed, however the real gift was the time spent talking to them and just being there to listen.
The one key theme that we identified was isolation, a lot of their loved ones had passed away, where in care homes, or poorly with dementia and never returning home. You felt their loneliness or heartache, it was extremely touching. Some clients were doing their best to get through the day, making positive changes i.e. going on 5 mile walks in the morning, taking part in new activities like piano lessons, dance classes. Others struggling with social anxiety, ill health or motivation with limited contact with anyone at all.
I have worked at Pathways for nearly 10 years, and yesterday was one of the most rewarding and moving days that I have experienced. I listen to difficult issues on a regular basis, but seeing it was on a different level. I would definitely encourage and recommend anyone to take part next year, a little something goes a long way, and I am certain I won't forget this experience."
We certainly had an emotional yet successful day, so much so as an organisation we want to be able to deliver the project again Christmas 2020 but on an even larger scale so keep your eyes peeled for further details over the course of the year. Please do get in touch if you wish to get involved.
Ms Yvonne Clarke, Managing Director of Pathways CIC, has been appointed an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of her services to innovation
The New Year Honours List reflects and pays tribute to outstanding achievement and service across the community
Ms Clarke has been working in the health and well-being sector for over 30 years and is the Managing Director of Pathways Community Interest Company a not for profit health and well-being social enterprise based in Crewe, Cheshire.
Established in 2006, Pathways CIC supports individuals, health and social care professionals, communities and businesses, promoting sustainable change through a range of services.
The organisation has successfully supported 1000’s of people across the North West to live happier and healthier lives over the past 13 years and continues to do so through the services it offers.
Yvonne passionately believes social innovation can have a real positive effect on people’s lives
Yvonne says “ it starts from the perspective of where the person is in their live-streams, what their goals are and what matters to them. By working holistically with people, recognising the strengths they have, and supporting them to overcome challenges has a real positive effect on their health and well-being.”
As an organisation the Pathways team focus on the whole picture. What is happening to the person biologically, psychologically and/or socially. By focusing in this way really does improve the outcomes for people as it directly deals with the root cause.
Commenting on the award Ms Clarke said
“It is such an incredible honour. I do feel a little unworthy as the difference that Pathways CIC has made in partnership with our clients is as a result of my amazing team”
This Christmas we will be reaching out into our local communities of South Cheshire and Vale Royal, in the hope that we can bring some christmas cheer for those elderly residents who are less fortunate, and who’s Christmas may not be filled with the love and warmth of having family and friends around them.
As such, Pathways CIC, through a gift giving scheme, namely the Cheshire Christmas Elves for the Elderly, will be delivering christmas presents and cards to Elderly residents who are less fortunate across the region.
How you can help!
This is where we are calling on support from yourselves and those connected to you (your business). We desperately need your help to bring that little bit of cheer by either donating gifts for our wonderful Christmas Elves to collect and deliver during the week 16th December 2019.
Gift ideas include:
Warm Clothing: Gloves, Socks, Hats, Scarves (hats, scarves and gloves could be handmade or bought)
Non-perishable items such as biscuits
Bird Feeder/bird food
Or whatever else you can think of that will bring a smile and some comfort
Gifts can be individual or multiple items which could be put in a shoebox etc. Our Christmas Elves will be happy to collect the donations from you at a mutually agreed time and place, or feel free to drop these off at our offices at Timbrell House, 86-88 Timbrell Avenue, Crewe, CW1 3LY from 25 November to 6 December. Our offices are open from 9-5 Monday to Friday.
Alternatively you can donate via our just giving page
Donations will cover the costs of buying gifts for our senior citizens
If you would like to show your support, as a gesture, we will be mentioning all business names who have helped support the Christmas Elves campaign on our Facebook events page;
fb.me/CheshireChristmasElvesfortheElderly, in recognition of the good, businesses are making in their local communities.
For any other information about our Cheshire Christmas Elves for the Elderly please contact our campaign coordinator Amie Franklin on firstname.lastname@example.org
Back in June we held our first ever "Making a difference" AGM to celebrate our organisational successes, from our staff, to our clients to our services.
Held at The Lowry in Salford Quays and attended by stakeholders, clients and staff, the event itself consisted of motivational speeches from both our Managing Director Yvonne Clarke and Founder of Howbeck Healthcare Mike Pyrah, which lead nicely into staff and clients awards.
Awards consisted of:
Healthier lifestyle award
Personal achievement award
Volunteer of the year award
Long Service Award
Employee of the year
The session was very moving being able to hear our clients journeys through our services and what happier and healthier lives they are leading now. It was a very humble experience for all and identified the fantastic differences our staff make each and every day!
Our fantastic teams across Crewe, Manchester and Salford raised a whooping £259.48 for Macmillan Cancer, The Mustard Tree Manchester and Muscular Dystrophy from hosting bake sales in our offices on Friday 5th October 2018. The money raised will be equally split amongst the 3 charities. What a fun and successful bake off, well done team.
Here are a few pictures of the day.
Our company annual report for 2016-2017 is now live to view online. If you would prefer a paper copy please do email email@example.com
Our company annual report for 2015-2016 is now live to view online. If you would prefer a paper copy please do email firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming free health event at the Senior Citizens Hall in Macclesfield on the 30th January 10am-1pm! A chance to vocalise your thoughts on local health services and influence change! Come and have your say, grab some refreshments and have the opportunity to take home an Apple iPad in our prize draw! For more info please contact Mark Franklin on email@example.com
We are proud to announce that our Managing Director Yvonne Clarke has won a gold Stevie award for Female Innovator of the Year, under the category Government or Non-Profit at this years Stevie awards for women in business 2015
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