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11th September 2015


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General CVS Cheshire East News

Funding News


Volunteering News

The Voice of the Sector

Market Place News

Jobs in the Sector

Other News from Across the Sector


General CVS Cheshire East News


Launch of Cheshire Compact Event - 14th September

Over the past 12 months the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and CVS Cheshire East, Chester VA, Halton & St Helens VCA, and Warrington VA have been working to develop a Compact for the Commissioner’s work with the Voluntary, Community and Faith sector in Cheshire.

Following on from previous events, we would like to invite you to attend the launch of the Cheshire Compact entitled “Making a positive difference to keeping the communities of Cheshire safe"

The event will be held on Monday 14th September at 1pm in Halton & St Helens VCA offices at St Maries Church, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.  

Please click on the link below to register your attendance.  
Compact Launch Event registration


Your Space 'Meet the Funder' Event

Bookings are coming in quickly for our 'Meet the Funder' event taking place on Wednesday 14th October at Nantwich Town Football Club.  There will be plenty of opportunities to meet with a range of funders to hear about their grant schemes and discuss your funding needs.  This event is free to all CVS Cheshire East member organisations and just £10 for non-members.

Confirmed Funders so far are: 
Cheshire Community Foundation / Cheshire East Council – Partnership Team / Cheshire East Council – Public Health
Children in Need / Crewe Town Council / Heritage Lottery Fund / Morgan Foundation / Peaks & Plains / Williams Family Foundation

For more information and to register, click here.


CVS Cheshire East will be at the Sandbach Today event on Saturday, 19th September between 9.30am and 1.00pm at St Mary's Church Hall, Sandbach.  

Come and say hello and take a chance to see what else is happening in the community of Sandbach.  This year, there will also be a showcase of the great local youth groups on the cobble square outside the Church Hall.

Funding News

Imminent Deadlines:

WREN Community Fund - Funding between £2,000 and £50,000 for environmental and community building projects. Deadline 5pm, 30th September 2015.
More information please click here

MSE Charity - Funding of up to £5,000 for financial literacy projects.  Deadline is likely to be 30th September 2015 or when 40 applications have been received.  
More information please click here.

Adult Services Innovation Fund - Funding of up to £10,000 for projects that support health and wellbeing. Deadline 30th September 2015.
More information can be found here.

Latest Funds:

The Baily Thomas Charitable Fund - Funding for both research and projects in the area of learning disability and to aid the care and relief of those affected by learning disability. They fund projects for children or adults considered to have severe learning difficulties, together with autism.

Applications will only be considered from voluntary organisations which are registered charities or are associated with a registered charity. Schools and Parent Teacher Associations and Industrial & Provident Societies can also apply.

Funding ranges in value from £250 to £150,000. Applications for project funding for £10,000 or less can be submitted at any time

The deadline for project funding in excess of £10,000 is 1st December 2015.
The next deadline for research funding is 1st February 2016.
To find out more please click here.


Sport England - Protecting Playing Fields Programme (PPF) - PPF provide grants of between £10,000 and £65,000 for projects that provide new playing fields, bring into use disused playing fields or improve existing playing fields in order to establish and/or host a community club-schools link.

Applications can be submitted by voluntary or community organisations, local authorities, sports clubs, playing field associations, charities and schools. The closing date for applications is 9th November 2015.
To find out more please click here.

Grants for Places of Worship (England) - The Heritage Lottery Fund has grants of £10,000-£250,000 available for Grade I and Grade II listed places of worship in England to fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit. As part of the repair project, HLF can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with these buildings.

Applications go through a two-round process so applicants can apply at an early project stage and get an idea of whether you're likely to receive a grant. The next deadline for applications is 17th November 2015.
To find out more please click here.


If you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding funding, please email or call 01270 763100.

You can also search for funding via our website using Open 4 Community


Here are some of our forthcoming training courses:

Our training sessions are always great value, but please note that if your organisation is a member of CVS Cheshire East, you can attend at an even better rate or perhaps for free.

Our annual Voluntary Sector membership is just £45, this could be a little more than one member of your team attending just one session and paying the non member rate!  Read about all the extra benefits throughout the year you would receive here.

Please click on the relevant link below for more information and availability:


Income Generation - The Basics of Legacy and In Memoriam Fundraising - Wed, 23/09/2015 - 10:00
An interactive session for anyone new to legacy and In Memoriam fundraising, looking at the current context of this type of fundraising, comparing it with other income streams and see how some charities use this source of funding as a means to cover core costs.

Dealing with Difficult Volunteers - Managing Conflict Effectively - Thu, 24/09/2015 - 10:00
Getting along in the workplace is essential to ensure that teams and individuals are able to work and collaborate effectively.This one day workshop will support participants to consider how to deal with challenging situations with confidence and professionalism, to support harmony within their organisation.

Mental Health Awareness - Tue, 06/10/2015 - 10:00

This full-day training course will help support any organisation who wishes to promote well-being in their workplace, ensuring that they are able to support staff and volunteers or service users who are showing symptoms of mental health issues.

Recruiting Young Volunteers - Thu, 08/10/2015 - 10:00
All organisations need to consider diversity in their volunteers. This course is ideal for any organisation who would like to involve more young people, especially those with a focus on services for young people.

For a downloadable copy of out new training programme from September please click here.

Not sure what training would support your organisation?

Try our new healthcheck tool - GRIPP to find the areas where you need support.

Our current training programme is available on our website - click here for more information and to book places online.


Other Training for the Sector:

Cheshire East Council are offering small to medium businesses (including voluntary and community groups) an opportunity to learn more about the procurement process to support them in bidding for contracts from CEC in the future.
They have two workshops coming soon (they advise to attend both to get the most from the workshops)

Public Sector Tendering - Let's Get Started
Tuesday 22nd September 2015, 8am -11am, Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton

Public Sector Tendering - Invitation to Tender Onwards
Tuesday 29th September 2015, 8am -11am, Riverside, Mountbatten Way, Congleton

To find out more and book a place please click here

Want to speak to a member of the team about training?

Please email our Development Officer,  call 01270 211545 or follow us on Twitter @CVSCETraining

Volunteering News

Sponsored by South Cheshire College, and Ableworld


Did you know?

CVS Cheshire East can assist you to be ‘Volunteer Ready’

When introducing volunteers to your organisation there are a few things that you will need to consider. CVS Cheshire East have put together a number of steps which will help you plan your recruitment effectively and support your volunteers.Be Volunteer Ready 

Why Volunteering Makes us Happy

‘Volunteer:  A structured form of social contact based around being nice makes us happiest of all. Read more 

When Celebrities Volunteer

Gossip columns reported last month that singer Ed Sheeran is intending to take time out to volunteer in his local Sue Ryder charity shop. Read More 

Do you work with individuals who would benefit from an insight into Volunteering?

Training for Volunteers - These free short workshops will help to address some of the common concerns about becoming a volunteer.

These include:

  • The benefits of volunteering
  • The types of volunteer roles that are available
  • How to find a role
  • What to expect from the recruitment process
  • What to expect when starting with an organisation
  • How to deal with concerns

Click on the following dates to find out more and to register online:

Crewe Dates:
2nd October 2015
20th November 2015

Sandbach Dates:
20th October 2015


Spotlight Vacancies

CVS Cheshire East are working with CWP NHS to establish some groups to help those in recovery from drug addiction. The aim of these groups is to provide a safe, supportive, inclusive and fun atmosphere to further their recovery. One of which is a fishing group. This group will meet once a month to plan a fishing expedition and then meet later that month to fish.

We are looking for someone experienced in fishing who can help train and support participants and work alongside CVS Cheshire East to establish this group. Apply here

Crewe Rotary Club

Each December for the last forty years the Rotary Club of Crewe has provided a Santa sleigh round the streets of Crewe & Wistaston during three weeks in December.

They depend heavily on volunteers helping them.

If you feel you could provide and drive a towing vehicle one evening or go along with some friends to help them with their collection then please email who will provide the programme so you can choose which evening you would like to help.


Find your Volunteering Opportunity here today!
or find out more about volunteering here on our website 

You can also download a copy of our latest V-Mail here to view a selection of current volunteering opportunities across Cheshire East.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding volunteering, please email or call 01270 211545.

The Voice of the Sector

Raise your Voice

If you work, volunteer or have an interest in the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector and have an issue or problem that you would like to raise, please let us know.

The Voice team will then conduct research and bring issues to the Cross Sector Working Group who will work to raise or solve the issue on your behalf.  

To make this even easier for you to raise issues, we now have an on-line form for you which can be found on the Voice pages of

Email or call 01270 763100

Tweet @AskTheVoice

Read the Voice Blogs here

​​Market Place News


Mottram Hall

We’ve teamed up with Mottram Hall who are event specialists. If you are considering having a Charity Ball, a Charity Golf tournament or Conference within Cheshire East then we recommend speaking to the event team to find out more. 
Click here for more information.


Amber Consulting

Amber Consulting has extensive experience in assisting not-for-profit’s to formulate strategic plans to develop their fundraising activities and broaden their vision as to how to gain more sustainable funding. 
Find out more here.


JG Creative 

JG Creative was set up in 2012 by Joanne Grubb as a graphic design and branding agency. Jo had moved back home to Nantwich after spending 14 years working in London in large charities and marketing agencies. She feels passionately about the charity sector and how beneficial good design can be to help causes stand out and encourage donations and support.
Click here to find out more


Find out more about discounts specifically of interest to the Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector here on our Market Place pages.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team regarding our Market Place, please email Karen Williams, our New Business Manager at or call 01270 211545.

Don't forget that only CVS Cheshire East members can access any discounts shown.

Jobs in the Sector

There are many different paid roles within the Voluntary & Community Sector of Cheshire East, all offering a wide range of opportunities for you to develop your career as well as helping you to make a positive contribution to your community.

Whether you are looking for a job or wish to advertise a vacancy within your organisation, CVS Cheshire East are here to help.

Listed below are details of some current job vacancies within the Voluntary and Community Sector of Cheshire East.

Click on the job title below to view the full details:

Service Coordinator - Carers Trust 4All

Young Carers Project Worker - Carers Trust 4All

Carer Support Workers - Carers Trust 4all

Shopmobility Assistant - Vale Royal Disability Services

Children and Youth Worker (5-16) - Cheshire Without Abuse

Cook/Kitchen Assistant - Egerton Youth Club


For more information on current job vacancies, click here.

It is free for members of CVS Cheshire East to promote their paid roles on, just email

To promote your role even further at a member discounted rate using Third Sector Jobs, please email

Other News from Across the Sector

CiviCRM Database Meet Up - 15th Sepember in Warrington

Do you want to find out more about how to manage a contact database or learn about an open-source Customer Relationship Management solution that can help your organisation work smarter?

GMCVO invite you to have a chat about your experiences of CiviCRM or explore how this software could benefit your organisation. 
Find out more and to how to register here.


Community Repaint Scheme - Paint for Community Projects

If your community group, charitable organisation, housing association or local project use paint to redecorate their premises, contact CLIC (Changing Lives in Cheshire) to access low cost paint.
Find out more here.


Macclesfield Community Artspace - September Activities and Future Events

To check out when Artspace is open during the month of September and the activities taking place, click here


NHS East Cheshire CCG Newsletter

To read the latest newsletter update and to see details of the next Axia ASD conference, click here.


Free Eastern Cheshire Health Fair event - 30th September, 11.30am - 5pm at Macclesfield Town Hall

Your chance to see what local health and care organsiations are doing to promote healthy lifestyles and access to services.  
Read more here.

Crewe Engineering & Design UTC Open Day 

Manchester Metropolitaton University is holding a Crewe Engineering & Desgin UTC open day on 17th September.
Click here for more information.


Older People & Digital Inclusion Day - 1st October 2015

To celebrate Older People's Day Cheshire East Lifelong Learning are holding an Older People & Digital Inclusion day  aimed at anyone working or volunteering with older people.  
Click here for more details.


Crewe Heritage Open Days

Local Crewe organisations have come together to encourage local residents to discover some of Crewe’s heritage.
Dates for Heritage open days and more information can be found here.


Macclesfield Town Football Club - Donated Tickets 

Macclesfield Town Football Club have kindly donated 2 season tickets (1 Adult, 1 Under 18) for all home games this season to the Parachute Drop In which means their Dropper-Inners can go to the game free of charge
For more information, click here.


Cheshire East Council - Housing Related Support Stakeholder Events
For dates and locations, click here.


A New Strategy for Sport: National Consultation

As you will no doubt be aware, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, Tracey Crouch, launched the DCMS Consultation Paper in early August 2015 with the intention that feedback received will inform a new sports strategy that will be published in 2015.
Read more here.


Axis Art Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University - Autumn Term Performances

An incredibly diverse programme of the very best new performance work currently touring the country. Covering dance, music, theatre and writing, and much in between, this season takes you from the hilarious to the beautiful, from some of the darkest corners of life to the most serene and romantic, and all points between.
For more information and performance details, click here.


A new series of Astrology workshops coming soon to ArtSpace

Don't be satisfied just reading your horoscope - go to ArtSpace and learn about it and learn how to link it to Art. A new series of workshops is being trialled between October and December.
Find out more here.


iTea and Chat - 2nd October 2015

Age UK and Independent Living Services are inviting people over 50 to join them for coffee and cake and an opportunity to find out how their services can help you.
Find out more here.

Healthwatch Cheshire East gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, they work to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.

Read their latest newsletter here.


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