Who do we work with?

We are ‘pan disability’ – meaning that we work with people with any type of disability – physical, mental or sensory, or any combination thereof and of any severity – from mild to profound.

Historically we have provided a varied programme of fully inclusive and accessible clubs and social activities for disabled children and young people aged between 9 and 25. However, due to developments in our project work, we have recently extended our provision to include younger children from the age of 5 and ‘older’ people over the age 25, with no upper age limit.

Everyone is welcome at Live! and we exclude no one.

Aims and Vision

Mission

We aim to provide high quality learning and recreation activities, which are accessible and responsive to the needs of children, young people and adults with disabilities. We promote integration, celebrate peoples’ differences and recognise and implement equal opportunities throughout the organisation.

We achieve this by:

Putting children, young people and adults with disabilities first by:

  • Talking and listening to them
  • Supporting their needs
  • Communicating with them
  • Recognising and providing facilities for their specific needs

Providing high quality activities

  • Positive roles in play activities
  • Encouraging respect for other people and cultures
  • Positive opportunities for all
  • Proactively enforcing an anti-bullying policy

Linking with the community

  • Support for all their needs

Our Objectives

  • To advance, promote and encourage education and learning opportunities for children, young people and adults with disabilities to increase their capabilities to make informed choices about their individual lifestyles within their own community.

  • To provide facilities for recreation and other leisure-time occupation for children, young people and adults with disabilities in the interest of social welfare with the object of improving their conditions in life.

Our Trustees

Mary Hyde – Chair

Hello, I’m Mary.

It was through Rick that I became involved in Live! several years ago. I am Chair of Live!’s Trustees.

I’m married to Rod and we have two sons, Rick and Robert. Rick is in supported housing in Chester; I think New Scene is possibly his second home!

Rob lives in London with his wife Louise, and two young sons – Olly and Woody.

I have just retired from a primary school in Runcorn, where I was SENCO. This means I’ve now (theoretically) more time for Live! as well as for establishing Chester Care Co-op and playing some golf.

It’s great to be involved in Live! – there is so much going on and people are so happy.

Bruce Burford – Treasurer

Richard Lewis – Trustee

I am a trained horticulturalist trained at the prestigious Writtle Agricultural College in Essex in Commercial Horticulture.  After spells of working at the government experimental station at Luddington EHS, Stratford on Avon, the ICI orchard Facility at Fernhurst and in Kent as a fruit farm manager I joined the Welsh College of Horticulture in 1986 as a lecturer teaching a wide range of subjects. During my time at the Celyn he set up and ran the “school of practical skills” which provided opportunities and training in land based subjects for students with learning difficulties and disabilities. I moved to Glyndwr University in 2009 and retired as Senior Lecturer in Rural studies in 2018.

Caroline Garton – Secretary

Andrina Dunbar – Trustee

Angela Black – Trustee

Our Staff Team

Debi Whittaker – CEO

Roisin Dunbar – Senior Coordinator

Karen Bedwell – Senior Coordinator and Play Offer Manager

Sarah – Payroll & Accounts

Andy – Adult Offer Manager

Kathy – Teen Offer Manager

Paul – Duke of Edinburgh and cycle project coordinator

Andrea – Social Action Project Coordinator

Zach – Cycle Project Apprentice

Sophie – Youth Worker

Kim – Youth Worker

Joe – Youth Worker

Janie – Youth Worker

Vickie – Youth Worker

Beth – Youth Worker

Linzi – Youth Worker

Martin – Caretaker

Sylvia – Cleaner

Live! Cheshire
New Scene Centre
Limewood Close
Chester
CH2 2HD

Copyright Live! Cheshire 2019

Charity number: 1160972