Our Values & What We Do

Our Values & What We Do

“Cheshire Connect matches the skills and expertise of local businesses and professionals, kindly offered for free, with the needs of the voluntary and community sector. Working together, we are creating more successful and sustainable voluntary organisations.”

Cheshire Connect is good for businesses, great for charities, and even better for those served by the voluntary sector”

David Briggs, MBE, KStJ, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire

Our Values

  • Collaboration – working effectively in partnership with businesses, charities and key stakeholders to develop stronger communities together;
  • Understanding – we build knowledge of our local communities and strong relationships to clearly understand how we can best direct our resources;
  • Passion – we are passionate about stimulating positive and lasting change

What we do

Everything we do at Cheshire Connect is based on our values. We work closely with a number of partners including the Cabinet Office, where we are a member of the Skills Exchange Steering Group, to encourage volunteering and more skills exchanges in our communities. Local Government, Cheshire Constabulary, the Church and local charitable trusts are key stakeholders in Cheshire and play an important part in our work. As we strive to better understand our local communities it is evident that securing funding and resources is increasingly challenging, whilst demand continues to increase for services offered by charities and community organisations.

SHORT-TERM PROJECTS or QUICK FIXES

Here are a few examples of successful short-term projects we have completed:

• We matched a charity which needed a lease renewal reviewed with local chartered surveyors to ensure that the lease conditions were robust, in the best interests of the charity and legally sound.

• A charity in Macclesfield supporting people with a range of disabilities contacted us with concerns about the new pension auto enrolment process. We matched them with local pensions experts who offered the relevant guidance.

• Our Business Connector in Halton matched a charity, who needed for the first time to advertise a vacancy for a paid member of staff, with an HR firm who ensured that the relevant legal issues had been addressed.

LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS

The majority of our projects our longer term and often involve a range of business skills and expertise. They don’t necessarily begin that way, but as relationships develop further opportunities arise.
A great example is the match between Cheshire Without Abuse and Bentley Motors. That relationship began with the need to write a robust business plan, which Bentley assisted with, and led to many more projects over the past three years

TRUSTEES AND MENTORS

We are often asked by charities to help them find trustees. Sometimes it is to replace an outgoing trustee or chair, or to strengthen the Board. Recent media attention highlighting the importance of the Trustee role has led to a significant increase in demand from local charities and voluntary organisations for our help in this area.

There is also an increasing awareness of the value of the role of a well-matched mentor. It’s an opportunity to learn from somebody with relevant experience and to work with somebody who can be a ‘sounding board’.  We also encourage CEOs or Chairs of third sector organisations to share their skills and expertise as mentors to other charities.