Our Mission:

Connect

&

Enable

We connect and enable charities across Cheshire to reach more people and have greater impact. We do this by connecting the skills from the local business sector, offered for free, to charities and not for profit organisations across the region. 

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Making a difference in Cheshire

By helping businesses and charities work together, exchanging skills and volunteering their time, they are making a real difference to communities across Cheshire. We also work directly with CEOs of Cheshire charities, providing them with opportunities to develop their skills which in turn benefits the charities they work for.

With our support the charities we work with are able to reach more people, increase their fundraising income and drastically improve their impact. 

860+

skills exchanges

From one off short-term projects or quick fixes to longer-term partnerships.

 

 

300+

charities supported

Providing charity's, community or faith organisations with a genuine way to access relevant business skills and expertise for free.

 
 

400+

cheshire businesses registered

Businesses and staff who have registered to help build stronger communities by donating their skills to help some truly inspirational local voluntary and community organisations.

 

Our Programmes

Since 2011, we have been building stronger communities across Cheshire by helping businesses and charities to work together. We do this in many ways including:

 

High impact matches

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The majority of our projects are long 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. Typical areas of support include marketing, HR, finance, operations and longer term planning.

These kind of matches are particularly beneficial to all involved, providing an ongoing support system for the charity and a significantly positive outcome for all those exchanging their skills.

Charity leader development

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As well as matching charity CEOs with mentors from the business sector, we host Connect, Lead & Learn. Meeting on a quarterly basis, we provide a forum for the leaders of Cheshire-based charities in which to share problems, learn best practice from others and take time to develop their own leadership skills.

 

 

 

 

Short term matches 

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Like any organisation, charities are often hit by unexpected projects for which they need particular expertise that might not already exist within the charity. These types of project are ideal for a business to make a quick but significant impact and could include:

• Matching a charity which needs a lease renewal reviewed with local chartered surveyor

• A charity with concerns about the new pension auto enrolment process and so matching them with a local pensions expert

• Perhaps a charity recruiting for the first time who needs HR advise 

 
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Are you a charity in need of support?

Cheshire Connect offers your charity, community or faith organisation a genuine way to access relevant business skills and expertise for free. This may include support with a short-term defined project, a longer-term relationship to focus on planning and efficiency or to search for a trustee. 

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  • Business skills and expertise are offered for free;

  • Learn more about your local business community and explore opportunities to exchange skills and experiences;
  • Gain support from local businesses;
  • Raise your profile in the local business community;
  • Project management by Cheshire Connect;
  • Tangible, evaluated results.

Are you a business with skills to offer?

Cheshire Connect is a way for your business and staff to help build stronger communities by donating some of your skills to help some truly inspirational local voluntary and community organisations.

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  • A simple yet structured way to make a positive difference in your community

  • Identification of the relevant charity, community, and faith groups which will benefit from the skills and expertise you have to offer
  • Suitable pairing with an organisation that matches your personal and corporate goals
  • Positive publicity – with Cheshire Connect endeavouring to generate press coverage about each successful match
  • Strengthened relationship with employees – improved morale and performance
  • Staff development – new skills learned and new contacts made outside your own organisation
  • Tangible, evaluated results based on the skills your business has provided
 

Can you provide financial support?

Ultimately we are a charity ourselves and 100% reliant on donations and sponsors to continue doing what we do. If you are interested in making a donation to help us help more charities, be it a one-off or a regular amount. Just click below for more information.

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Meet the Cheshire Connect team

Like most organisations it's our people that make the difference. 

Cheshire Connect currently operates in eight areas of Cheshire and for each area we have a skilled Business Connector, expert in the charities that operate within it, the economic challenges faced and what they need to do to enable the charities to reach more people.

If you want to know more, either about how your company can help or how your charity could also receive support, simply email one of our Business Connectors.

 

Martin Howlett

CEO

Andrea Peattie

Business Connector in Cheshire West & Chester

Diane Lomax

Business Connector in Warrington

 

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Cherie Semper

Business Connector in Congleton & Macclesfield

Dianne Parrish

Business Connector in Crewe & South Cheshire

Paul williams

Business Connector in Chester & Ellesmere Port

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Jane Johnson

Executive Assistant

 
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Our  Board of Trustees

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David Briggs

Chairman

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Mark Ellis

Trustee

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Elizabeth Judson

Trustee

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Matthew Lanham

Trustee

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Norman Pursglove

Trustee

Case Studies

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"As a small charity we have grown from supporting 10 children to working with over 150 per month and employing 10 staff. As you grow so does the work load, responsibility and the knowledge you require. Having someone like Kindertons providing help and support is a huge relief."

Stephanie Lawley Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme Manager   / Read full case study


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"Hand on Heart has only recently established a base in Warrington and it has been a great help to have Cheshire Connect to introduce us to key players in the area. We were delighted to be introduced to Opal Consulting to assist us during this settling in period. Opal Consulting are now helping us develop and implement a robust social media strategy and action plan to move forward."

Sue Martin, CEO, Hand on Heart / Read full case study


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“The introduction by Cheshire Connect to Urenco UK and their expertise and skills across a whole range of areas has supported us to achieve our objective to establish an additional centre in Runcorn so that we can deliver our services to twice as many families."

 

Amy Couture, Chief Executive, Stick 'n Step / read full case study


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"The skills Graham has shared have had a significant and positive difference on our communications and our management of resources, as well as significantly contributing to the impact on our service users."

 

Jill Dolman, founder of LOL Foundation / read full case study


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"Our partnership with Cheshire Connect has been extremely beneficial, they found us solutions to many of the obstacles we faced, facilitating the introduction of key business skills, new trustees, finding facilities and developing our systems and infrastructure. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the support Cheshire Connect has shown us in the past 12 months, we will continue this key relationship into 2018 as we continue to develop our charity and the key skills we will need to do so.”

Sarah Sturmey Founder & CEO Pure Insights / read full case study


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“We were delighted when Cheshire Connect introduced us to Marketing Cheshire. Working with Rebecca has been a great opportunity for us to really focus on marketing and to understand the importance of targeting our separate audiences with specific and tailored messages using a variety of channels of communication. We now feel we can move forward with a strategic plan to promote our vital project.”

 

Pam Craige, Project Co-ordinator, Deafness Support Network / read full case study


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Working with Cheshire Connect and being introduced to Carole from RSK has made a huge difference to a problem we were grappling with. Being supported by someone with fantastic accounting knowledge and experience has enabled us to move forward with our continued improvement plan and means we are utilising all aspects of our new financial software system.”

SARAH SMITHSON, OPERARTIONS MANAGER, STICK ‘N STEP / READ FULL CASE STUDY