Ruby’s Fund ‘spooktacular’ new Connected Communities centre


More than 100 people attended a ‘spooktacular’ and fun-filled event for the launch of the latest Connected Communities centre.

Ruby’s Fund, in Congleton, was packed with children and families – all of whom came to join in the celebrations of the venue becoming the 19th Connected Communities centre in Cheshire East.

There was Halloween fun with dressing up, face painting and games plus dancing on the new sensory mat.

Cheshire East Council’s cabinet member for health, Cllr Liz Wardlaw was joined by managing director of Ruby’s Fund, Cllr Paul Bates; mayor of Congleton, Cllr Suzie Akers-Smith; and founder of Ruby’s Fund (and Ruby’s mother) Alison Parr.

Connected Communities centres are formed when local community venues – including churches, village halls and community cafes – are given a grant by Cheshire East Council of up to £5,000 to help develop services which are requested locally.

The council’s communities team provides ongoing support and guidance to the centres to ensure their continued success.

Working with communities enables more residents to be offered improved access to services, as well as a place to meet, get support or learn something new.



Speaking about Ruby’s Fund becoming the most recent Communities Centre, Cllr Wardlaw commented: “There are so many aspects to health and wellbeing and it’s fantastic to see so many children and their families and carers coming into the centre, having fun and enjoying the range of facilities and services on offer.

“We all need support at some time in our lives and it’s great that centres like Ruby’s Fund are there to help the local community.

“I would like to give special thanks to Alison Parr, founder of Ruby’s Fund, who is an inspiration and the driving force of the charity.”

Cheshire East Council has invested £150,000 in developing Connected Communities centres and each one is supported by a neighbourhood partnership (representing local people as well as a range of agencies, including the police, health services and the voluntary sector).

Every centre will also have a computer tablet connected to the Live Well community information website, helping residents to easily find out what is available in the area.

By spring 2019, the aim is to have 35 Connected Communities Centres across Cheshire East.

To find out more about Connected Communities, please see or email

You can also call the council’s communities team on 01270 685 880.


Connected Communities centres now open:

● Audlem Community Hall, Cheshire Street, Audlem, CW3 0AH

● The Bridgend Centre, Palmerstone Street, Bollington, SK10 5PW

● St John’s Church, Wilwick Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 8RS

● The Welcome Cafe, Longridge, Knutsford, WA16 8PD

● St Barnabas’ Church, West Street, Crewe, CW1 3HX

● Beechmere Extra Care Village, Rolls Avenue, Crewe, CW1 3FT

● Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB

● Belong Crewe, Brookhouse Drive, Crewe, CW2 6NA

● Church of the Resurrection, Upton Priory, Macclesfield, SK10 3EP

● United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR

● St Barnabas Church, Lyme Avenue, Macclesfield, SK11 7RS

● Jubilee House, St Paul’s Street, Crewe, CW1 2QA

● The George’s Community Centre, West Street, Crewe, CW2 8SL

● United Reform Church, Park Green, Macclesfield, SK11 7NA

● St Andrew’s Church, Bedford Street, Crewe, CW2 6LE

● Bromley Farm Wellbeing Hub, Bromley Farm, Congleton, CW12 3EQ

● Green in the Corner Community Cafe, Hurdsfield Estate, Macclesfield, SK10 2RJ

● The Old Saw Mill, Back River Street, Congleton, CW12 1HJ

● Ruby’s Fund, Roe Street, Congleton, CW12 1PG


Upcoming centre openings:

  • Oakmere Housing, Spath Lane, Handforth, Wilmslow, SK9 3QP – Friday 23rd November, 2.30pm to 4.30pm with official opening at 3pm.
  • Goostrey Village Hall, Main Road, Goostrey, CW4 8PE – Saturday 24th November, 9.30am to 10.30am with official opening at 10am.
  • Everybody Leisure Community Centre, Station Road, Holmes Chapel, CW4 8AA – Saturday 24th November, 10.30am to 11.30am with official opening at 11am.
  • Holmes Chapel Library, London Road, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7AP – Saturday 24th November, 11.30am to 1pm with official opening at 12pm.



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