All about Jade

Hello – I’m Jade and I’m the Activity Coordinator at Friends for Leisure. I have been working at FFL since 2014, however prior to this I volunteered with the charity for 2 years. I coordinate all of our group activities, put risk assessments in place, put together our activity flyer and run CYG, Macclesfield youth […]

Self Care and Stress Awareness

This month, Friends for Leisure have been looking at self-care as it was self care week between 12th-18th November and National Stress Awareness Day on 7th November.  Macclesfield youth group kicked off the month with a yoga session. The group discussed stress-what it is, how does stress feel and ways that we can de-stress. The […]

East Cheshire NHS Trust: Open 2 Autism

  East Cheshire NHS Trust is working hard to make services more accessible for people with autism and their carers.  Our Open2Autism approach involves training staff so that they are aware of what a person’s needs may be. We have Autism Link staff in wards and departments and we promote our approach so that people […]

FFL Poetry Competition

Open to anyone and everyone.  The winner will be chosen by local poet Angela Marie James       

Penny’s employment story

For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Barry Wilson tells us about his daughter’s journey into employment with Down’s Syndrome. Background After a slow start, Penny soon showed herself to have steely determination, a wicked sense of humour and a well developed line in mischief.  Mum and I plodded a well trodden path to various headmasters’ […]

Hello from Jo

Hello from Jo           Joanne is one of our Activity Leaders who has worked for Friends for Leisure since July 2011. Joanne has been involved in a variety of our group activities including our Crewe youth group, Crewe bowling and Up sessions. Most recently Joanne has been involved in our breakfast […]

Take part in the #givingtuesday movement with FFL this November

Can you join Friends for Leisure and take part in the #givingtuesday movement this November? Tuesday 27th November is Giving Tuesday – a global movement which aims to encourage people to give to charities or causes they care about. It aims to be an antidote to the mass consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday […]

Vote for us in the Aviva Community Fund

We Need Your Vote! Friends for Leisure are excited to announce that our ‘Friends of Falli’ drama group has been approved to take part in the Aviva Community Fund competition. This Fund will finance over 500 projects, giving money to communities across the UK. But we have to get enough votes first to wow the […]

Safe Opportunities Story


Papyrus-Prevention of young suicide

World Suicide Prevention Day is an annual awareness raising event. Join us each year on 10 September and reach out to people who may be struggling to cope. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – aged under 35 in the UK. Yet suicide is a taboo subject, it is […]