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  • SUPPORT OTHERS Supporting each other in emotional and practical ways
  • Being clear about our preferences means that when we die,
  • Many of us will eventually need to be cared for.
  • Writing a will and sorting out your financial affairs can
  •   Talking is important. Our plans and wishes are more


Talking about life and death
'Talking about life and death' is a film about a knowledge exchange event involving representatives from Cheshire West and Chester Older People’s Network and Library Service.


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Training courses

Just by Talking

Just By Talking courses

This course will enable staff and volunteers to discuss death, dying and loss and promote health and wellbeing with service users.
Find out more on the training page >


Shall we talk?

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We can come and talk to your group, club or association.
Find out more about our talks >



The resources section contains videos to watch, items to print and even the odd celebrity joke about life, age, death and loss. Find out more in the resources section >


  • Crafting Memory Sessions at Purple Onion +

    Cheshire Living Well Dying Well have been working with local charity Purple Onion bringing Crafting Memories to their group. Purple Read More
  • Introducing Three New Team Members +

    The Partnership welcomes three new team members. Laura Farmer, Emma Dixon and Jill Cox will work alongside team members to develop links Read More
  • Chelford Compassionate Community +

    Community organisations and residents in Chelford are currently working with Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well to enable Chelford to become Read More

    Ten of our Community Ambassadors got busy crafting a 6’x4’ canvas for display at the famous Whitworth Art Gallery, at Read More
  • Reflections and highlights of Dying Matters Awareness Week +

    Every year in May, Dying Matters and a wide range of partners including the Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well (CLWDW) Read More
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Helping to Build Compassionate and Resilient Communities in Cheshire

The Ambassador Programme explained

The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership’s Ambassador programme was launched during the summer and so far, 30 people have become Ambassadors in Cheshire.

September 2016

Newly recruited Ambassadors and CLWDW’s Frances Underhill (Right)

Ambassadors enable, inspire and empower people to think about, talk about and take action in relation to life, age, death and loss where they live, work and play. Ambassadors make a difference among their family, friend’s neighbours and peers either within their social clubs, membership organisations and other community groups they are connected with and or in the workplace.

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Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney

Taking five key steps can lead to peace of mind and help our family and friends who we will leave behind. Taking steps sooner rather than later means there is less to think about if our circumstances change. This brief article explains about the work of the Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership - Financial Planning Group and provides answers to some frequently asked questions about Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney. Information is also provided about how to have a Will drawn up for free in return of a charitable donation.

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Photo : Alison Greatbanks and Hugh Lewis Morgan, solicitors and members of the Financial Planning Group

The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership’s Financial Planning Group deliver a range of interventions to support a change public knowledge, attitude and behaviour towards life, age, death and loss. The group includes solicitors, funeral directors, funeral celebrants, financial advisers and Community Ambassadors. An important part of the work is to raise awareness of the importance of making a Will and a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Making a Will is something that people often postpone, and for some, it can have a devastating effect on those left behind at a time when they are most vulnerable.

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Community development in end of life care – guidance on ambition six

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Public health approaches to end of life care are increasingly seen as an important aspect influencing how communities care for people affected by death, dying and loss. The Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local action 2015– 2020 sets out six ambitions for how care for those nearing death should be delivered. Ambition 6 ‘Communities Are Prepared to Help’, endorses public health approaches to end of life care.

The recent publication of Each Community is Prepared to Help: Community development in end of life care – guidance on ambition six provides advice and practical suggestions for organisations that are keen to stimulate and extend partnerships with communities.We are delighted that the work of the End of Life Partnership is featured on pages 36 and 37 of the report. Rachel Zammit, Head of Public Health and Wellbeing for the Partnership says:

“The Cheshire Living Well, Dying Well Partnership recognises that living well, aging well, grieving well and dying well is a public heath as well as a health and social care issue that can be best addressed by working together. Everyone and anyone can get involved to support their family, friends, work colleagues and the wider community.

In Conversation With Kathy James, End of Life Partnership Trustee

“There’s a need for a positive approach whereby making plans becomes a part and parcel of everyday life.”

The End of Life Partnership was established in 2014. Aiming to transform end of life experience and care across Cheshire, the partnership comprises service development, education and practice, research and evaluation and public health and wellbeing programmes.
Kathy James became a trustee of the End of Life Partnership in June 2014. Andrew Bennett, Public Health and Wellbeing Worker spoke with Kathy about her professional and personal interest in end of life issues, why she became a trustee and her future aspirations for the organisation.

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