Time to get IT and GDPR Smart? Whats GDPR? Come and find out!

Octobers  Seminar will be in the form of a main presentation plus a number of mini workshops lead by Paul Crudge of Pro Networks

The main presentation will be on GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into force in May 2018, replacing The Data protection act.

You have to be compliant – or face stiff penalties – so come and find out how to become compliant!

In addition there will be a number of satellite drop in workshops that members can engage with. 

Pro-Networks skilled engineers will be available to answer technical questions, and even resolve issues for you while you wait. 

There will also be Microsoft software gurus available who can answer questions on

  • Power BI,
  • tips and tricks in Excel and Word
  • and much more.

Bring your questions, laptops and get on hand help to prepare you for 2018!


CVA support Autism Hour

The National Autistic Society (NAS) Autism Hour campaign aims to improve the lives of autistic people and their families by changing public perceptions, attitudes and behaviour towards them by improving public understanding of autism and by improving access to community facilities such as shopping centres, cafes, leisure centres, heritage sites and other public places.

The Autism Hour campaign commences the week beginning 2nd October 2017 and asks retailers and businesses to choose an hour during that week when they will agree to, turn down music or other noise and dim the lights, share information with employees and increase public understanding. Chester Voluntary Action are working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, along with many other statutory and voluntary sector partners to be a part of this important campaign

We want to encourage local shops, businesses and services to sign up on the National Autistic Website by the 15th September 2017. All of the information you need to be a part of this important initiative can be found here www.autism.org.uk/autismhour , the website also has a host of resources such as letters and flyers to explain the importance of the campaign.


The local branch of the NAS in conjunction with Storyhouse are running a TMI (Too Much Information) event to raise awareness about autism as part of the Autism Hour initiative. This will take place on Monday 2nd October at 10am at Storyhouse.

Clare Harrison

Deputy Chief Executive

Chester Voluntary Action

Bridge Community Farms Harvest Festival

You are invited to Bridge Community Farms Harvest Festival  

Date : Friday 29th September 2017
Time: 3.00pm – 5.30pm
Location: Bridge Community Farms, Mill Lane, Ellesmere Port

On the day there will be:
• Live music in the form of “John & Malcolm Jazz” – they went down very well at our open event in July!
• A stall selling chutnies, jams and veg soup
• Story telling in the Solar Dome
• Fully stocked farm shop
• Woodpecker display of craft items plus our replica signs
• Competitions “Name the plants” & ” Guess how many sweets in the jar”
• Apple bobbing and lots more fun for the little ones


Please RSVP via e-mail including names of your guests

The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity Corporate Challenge

2017 is an exciting time for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, as we start our expansion into the heart of the region with a brand new hospital in Liverpool city centre and look ahead to improving our Wirral site.

It’s our vision to transform cancer care for patients across the North West and this is your chance to be with us from the very beginning! In 2015, companies across Merseyside and Cheshire raised over £30,000 in our first ever corporate challenge. This helped to fund the state of the art Varian Edge radiotherapy machine, making us the first cancer hospital in the UK to have this piece of equipment. It has since made a huge difference to the treatment plan of hundreds of patients.

In 2016, businesses of every size took part in our second Clatterbridge Corporate Challenge and raised over £25,000 to help fund The Lounge – an important social space for our most unwell patients, when the new hospital opens its doors.

We need your help once again in 2017/18!  By signing up to our challenge, and making the pledge to turn £50 into £1000 over six months, you could help us raise the additional £15,000 still needed to fund the Lounge in our new hospital in Liverpool.

This is your chance to really make a difference to the community in which you work, supporting cancer patients in our region, and having fun in the process. Sign up today to join in this ground-breaking endeavour, as, together, we create a legacy to be proud of for the rest of our lives.

For more information, speak to Elspeth (0151 556 5566 or Elspeth.wilson@nhs.net) or visit https://www.clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk/application/files/6414/7333/9399/Lets_Work.pdf


Charity Ball to support Chester Voluntary Action and local charities in Chester

RBS is hosting a Charity Ball to support Chester Voluntary Action and local charities in Chester, and hope they can count on your support.

Date –  Friday 13th October 2017

Venue – The Chester Grosvenor Hotel

Tickets include a 3 course meal cooked by Simon Radley and his team, plus an evening full of rich entertainment until late. 

If you can support by taking a table/ tickets then please let Joanne Walton from CVA know. 

RBS & CVA are also seeking sponsors, raffle/ auction prizes, so if you are feeling generous and can support them in any way shape or form, again please contact Joanne.

Full Details here:

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Ride of the Roses – support The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity

Ride of the Roses – support The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity at their annual 50, 80 or 100 mile cycle challenge

Just £20 to register, there is a choice of three circular routes of 50, 80 or 100 miles all on road starting in Banks, Southport.

The three routes will each take you along stunning Lancashire country lanes. The 80 mile and 100 mile routes will include some cycling through and around the Trough of Bowland, an area of outstanding beauty! All three routes are designed to be challenging but the 50 mile route has fewer challenging hills but is equally as scenic. We strongly advice only experienced cyclists take on the epic 100 mile route which has over 6,000 ft of climbing.


For more information, speak to Elspeth (0151 556 5566 or Elspeth.wilson@nhs.net)


Sefton Park Splash Dash for Claire House

Sefton Park Splash Dash 23rd September, powered paint fun for all of the family!

Come dash around the park while being covered with a rainbow of colour all in aid of Claire House Children’s hospice! This is a sponsored event, for the hospice that all of the family can take part in.

For more information please speak to Angella



Connection Power Day Goes with a BANG!


What an amazing event today – soooooooo many fabulous connections and opportunities made – sooooooo many people wanting to genuinely help others – and soooooo many network converts to the Business network way!

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We don’t sell or spam – we help, learn and listen.

We don’t embarrass or pressurise  – we nurture, encourage and uplift.

We do network – based on Know, Like Trust – and celebrate our successes and give Thanks!

So – want to network with purpose? With passion? With people who get you?

Then join us for our August 10th event at The Double Tree – and also learn how to create a Killer pitch to win those tenders – keeping the Customer at the heart of what you do!

You know what to do – just book!

Amber is going online!

Amber Consulting is very pleased to announce that we will be launching our online Fundraising Coaching modules in September 2017!  

The online facility will enable fundraisers to access fundraising coaching throughout the UK at a time and place which is convenient to you.  I am passionate that fundraisers receive support, as I know having done the job that it can be isolating, frustrating and yet highly rewarding all at the same time!  So, I have committed to launching online coaching modules to help fundraisers to step back from the day job, evaluate the good, bad and ugly and help you move forward.  The online modules will be supported with a Questions and Answers session which will be available via a Facebook Group on a regular basis.

We look forward to sharing more details of the launch, which will coincide with the Institute of Fundraising, North West, conference in September !

If you would like to learn more get in touch at hello@amberconsulting.biz

PUB QUIZ! In benefit of Claire House Children’s Hospice

PUB QUIZ! In benefit of Claire House Children’s Hospice

Thursday 6th July from 7pm


The Coach House Inn, 39 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ

Our parent company (The Trustland Group) turns 45 years old this year and to mark the occasion we have collectively pledged to raise a HUGE £45,000 for our local children’s hospice Claire House!

As a part of our fundraising effort we’re holding a charity pub quiz on Thursday 6th July from 7pm. Tickets are only £5 with a FREE hot pot dinner included. Claire House representatives will be with us on the night and we have lots of exciting prizes for our raffle draw!

If you can’t make it on the 6th, but would still like to support out cause, please see our Just Giving page below. Any donations are very gratefully received!

Kindest Regards, Elisher Dean (General Manager at The Coach House Inn)