Our Motherwell Believe Project

Is a specialist service for mums with a child/children who are at risk of being placed into care or for mums who already have a child/children in foster care or who have been adopted.

We offer emotional support to these mums to help them feel valued, grow in confidence, become more resilient and emotionally strong again, so that they can hopefully rebuild their lives. 

We also offer practical support, such as accompanying them to meetings with social care and other agencies and by signposting them to other specialist services that may be able to help them.

Another very important part of the support package is the expectation for the mums to join our Peer Support Group. This is a fortnightly group where possibly for the first time, the mums can feel at ease and most importantly not judged within a group of other women who all understand and empathise with exactly how they are feeling about their children not being in their care.

Referral Criteria – Area Remit

One-to-One Support – Crewe and Winsford (CW1, CW2 and CW7)

Peer Support – open to Crewe, Winsford and surrounding areas (see below)

Mentoring – Crewe and Winsford

Surrounding areas:

Crewe (surrounding areas) – Nantwich, CW5; Sandbach, CW11; Alsager, ST7; Middlewich, CW10; Tarporley, CW6.   

Winsford (surrounding areas) – Northwich, CW8 & CW9; Middlewich, CW10; Tarporley, CW6.          

At Motherwell, we treat each mum’s case as unique and we work with that mum to provide a bespoke support and care plan.

If you would like to make a referral to Motherwell, the following check list should help you to decide if your client would benefit from working with Motherwell.

Our Mission

Our Team

Wendy McCandless - Believe Support Worker, Crewe

My name is Wendy and I have been involved with Motherwell Cheshire since December 2018.

I have lived in Crewe all my life. I have just celebrated 31 years of marriage. I have 2 children aged 23 and 20 and a beautiful 2 year old cockapoo. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, baking cakes, holidaying and going on lovely walks with our fur baby.
I was a teacher for over 25 years in a local school and after taking early retirement I wanted to find a role where I could use my experience as a mum and teacher to help others. So I was very interested to hear about the support Motherwell offer across Cheshire and initially I enrolled as a volunteer Brightstar Mentor.This is an intergenerational mentoring programme where older ladies offer support to younger ladies who are struggling in their mothering journey.

Being a mum and a teacher meant that I had a lot of experience of working with children and their families. One of my roles during my career in education was the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Teacher. This role involved offering support to children and their families and being part of multi agency meetings where a child or children are seen as being vulnerable or at risk.

In April 2019 a vacancy was advertised within the charity for a Support Worker on the Believe project and I decided to apply. My experience working alongside Children’s Social Care meant that I had a good understanding of the situation some of our service users are in and the prospect of being an advocate for or giving support to these ladies resonated with me.

I really enjoy helping our Believe mums to make changes to their lifestyles so that their children may be able to stay in their care or by helping them to find a way to move forward in their lives if their children do go to live out of their care.

Our Patron

Sally Carmen - Patron

We are proud to announce that actor Sally Carmen has become patron of our Believe project.

In Coronation Street, Sally’s character ‘Abi Franklin’ represents the amazing women that we support.  These mum’s are very often misunderstood, living with mental health conditions after experiencing traumatic events, with a lack of appropriate support.

Sally is an established actress, who attended the LAMDA drama school in London.  Some of the roles she is best known for playing are Kelly Maguire in Shameless and Abi Franklin in Coronation Street.