Our name has changed from Chester Municipal Charities to The Chester Bluecoat Charity.

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

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

Fallen Angels supports around 100 people every year through the group sessions and local ‘taster’ sessions, delivered in partnership with other community and recovery groups. With FADT’s expert coaching, most members can quickly progress to performing live at regular community events.

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.

Launched in 2004, WCCU has more than 4,500 members and has lent out over £3.5 million.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity has funded various projects for the credit union over several years. Our latest contribution has seen us support WCCU’s move to more modern and central premises, near Chester Bus Interchange, by providing three years’ funding for a new telephone system.

For more on West Cheshire Credit Union, click here.

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.

Passion for Learning

Founded in 2011, Passion for Learning recruits adults from all walks of life to bring their experiences, enthusiasm and skills to children struggling to read and learn.

The Ellesmere Port-based charity has 130 volunteers working with more than 400 children.The wealth of skills, careers and interests the volunteers represent is one of Passion for Learning’s greatest strengths. 

Over the years, we’ve backed the charity by providing vital funds to help it offer enriching and fun learning experiences for children – and we continue to do so.

Click here to discover more about Passion for Learning.

Live! Cheshire

Based at the New Scene Centre in Chester, Live! Cheshire delivers fully inclusive and accessible clubs and social activities for disabled children, young people, and adults. The charity is all about making friends, having fun, learning new things, and facing new challenges.

For the last three years, we provided funding for Live! Cheshire’s after-school club for children and teenagers aged between five and 15 years old.

For further information on the charity, click here

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.

Hoole Community Centre

This busy community hub, in the heart of Hoole, Chester, is home to Hobson’s – a volunteer-led community cafe. The centre is also used by various groups, including the 55 and Over Club, IT Buddies, International Coffee Morning and Hoole Community Library.

Run by volunteers, Hoole Community Centre can be hired for workshops, classes, meetings, children’s activities and family celebrations.

And to help support this community lifeline, we provided funding for the 55 and Over Club’s Christmas party.

For further information on Hoole Community Centre, click here.

Passion for Learning

Founded in 2011, Passion for Learning recruits adults from all walks of life to bring their experiences, enthusiasm and skills to children struggling to read and learn.

The charity, based in West Cheshire, has 130 volunteers working with more than 400 children. The wealth of skills, careers and interests the volunteers represent is one of Passion for Learning’s greatest strengths. 

Over the years, we’ve backed the charity by providing vital funds to help it offer enriching and fun learning experiences for children – and we continue to do so.

Click here to discover more about Passion for Learning.