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We love helping to make a difference to the lives of people in Chester and the surrounding area. Here are some of the deserving causes that have benefited from our support. You can also read about grants recently awarded on our News page.

If you would like to find out more about how we could help your organisation, please get in touch.

Children Today

Children Today supports children who are living with a disability in Cheshire. 

We awarded them £5,000 in 2023 in order to be able to cover the requests for adapted equipment, such as car seats and bikes.

Click here to find out more about Children Today.

Chapter Mental Health Services

Set up in 1991, Chapter is dedicated to improving the lives of people experiencing mental ill-health.

The West Cheshire-based charity works with people who, because of their mental illness, need help in regaining confidence, accessing training and employment.

We’ve provided a large grant to support the important work of Chapter, which has recently launched a new project to help people at risk of mental illness to stay well by using coping strategies and self-help techniques.

Click here to learn more about Chapter Mental Health Services.

Platform for Life

Based in Chester, Platform for Life offers free counselling and play therapy for families on low incomes who are struggling with mental health issues.

For the last two years, the charity has been providing support in the Lache estate and in Blacon, taking referrals from schools and medical centres, as well as self-referrals. Platform for Life aims to help build more nurturing and stable family environments, so children can develop in a healthy way and are able to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

To support the charity, we’ve provided a few years’ funding support, so it can develop its services and pay for counsellors.

Click here to find out more about Platform for Life.

Chester Zoo

Chester’s oldest charity collaborated with the UK’s largest zoo when it granted Chester Zoo £60,000 to fund a three-year project that allows young, disadvantaged people from the city to access opportunities to connect with nature. The outcomes are to improve wellbeing, confidence and transferable skills through the provision of family wildlife clubs, after school clubs and bursaries for Chester Zoo’s activities.

Read more about the important partnership here.

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre

Fallen Angels Dance Theatre (FADT) supports people in recovery from addiction. Members take part in high-quality dance theatre experiences, which help them to feel accepted, valued, and able to realise their potential.

Our three years’ funding went towards Fallen Angels’ annual programme costs for its weekly group sessions at Storyhouse in Chester. The money helped the group to give people in recovery the chance to try something new, meet others facing similar challenges, and express themselves through movement.

To find out more about Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, click here.

West Cheshire Credit Union

West Cheshire Credit Union (WCCU) is a local financial co-operative, run and controlled by its members who either live, work, study or volunteer in Cheshire. The not-for-profit, community-based organisation provides safe and affordable loans to local people, particularly those who are unable to access mainstream products.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity has funded various projects for the credit union over several years, including help to upgrade their phone and IT systems.

For more on West Cheshire Credit Union, click here.