New service for children and young people is Starting Well in west Cheshire

06 February 2018

Children and young people across Western Cheshire are set to benefit from a new health and wellbeing service that is being rolled out across the area.

The Starting Well 0-19 service, delivered locally by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) has been commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The new service brings together early years services, health visiting, family nurse partnership and 5-19 health and wellbeing services including public health nurses and immunisations and vaccinations for the first time.

Through joined up working, the service aims to use its extensive range of skills and experience from across the whole 0-19 workforce to deliver an integrated service for local children, families and young people, all delivered locally from eight main children’s centres.

Val Sturgess, clinical service manager for Starting Well, said: “CWP cares for thousands of children and young people across Cheshire West and Chester with various levels of need. I am passionate that every child receives the best possible start in life and believe that the new Starting Well service will give us the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of our local children and young people.

She added: “The vision for our service is to deliver a high quality preventative service to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families across Cheshire West and Chester (CWaC). We want to ensure that our children get the best start in life and are safe, happy, healthy, resilient and reaching their potential.

“The children’s centres have a full activity programme including adult and family learning courses, breastfeeding support groups, lets play sessions and more which are further enhanced by having on site duty health visitors in each main centre and an online platform in Combined with the services we deliver into schools, homes and other settings, this is our most comprehensive offer ever.”

The Starting Well 0-19 Service will be delivered from eight main children’s centres across west Cheshire: Blacon, Lache and Handbridge, Frodsham, Portside, Stanlaw Abbey, Victoria Road Northwich, Greenfields and Wharton.

The main children’s centres have linked sites to provide further services tailored to meet the needs of local children. The seven linked sites are: Chester Victoria, Kingsway and Upton, Chester Rural, Neston, Parklands, Barnton and Weaverham and Leftwich.

Cllr Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for children and families, said: “I am confident this innovative and ambitious service will greatly improve outcomes for our children and families. Our first priority in our Council Plan – Helping the Borough to Thrive – is to ensure our children, families and young people get the best start in life. Integrating these services is allowing us to deliver a truly inclusive service for our 0 – 19 year olds and young people up to age 25 with special educational needs and disabilities.”  

For more information, log on to or call into your local children’s centre and pick up an information leaflet.

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