Read about the accessibility of The Bluecoat on our Contact page.

Chester’s longest standing charity was delighted to be able to grant £5,000 to Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) so they could support small charities and not-for-profits with their funding requests.

CWVA has been supporting the local community since 1914 by working with charities, social enterprises, community groups, voluntary organisations and faith groups across West Cheshire. Their staff have extensive knowledge and skills to help local voluntary and community groups thrive by offering support in areas such as governance, good practice, volunteering, funding, training and networking.

This grant awarded by The Chester Bluecoat Charity was also given to CWVA in 2023 which was used to support the following organisations and the remarkable work they do:

Bugz and Bunnies

Bugz and Bunnies helps improve mental wellbeing by providing outdoor learning activities such as forest school, gardening, natural arts and crafts. They recently launched a mother and toddler weekly group for children and adults with special needs enabling them to meet and learn new skills in a safe space. They were awarded £500 to cover their Public Liability Insurance, a composting toilet and a water foot pump for the outside sink.


Aspire is a social and support group for autistic adults, providing regular social opportunities to learn about their condition and connect and share experiences for mutual support. The sessions, which include activities such as local walks, crafts and cooking, help to improve wellbeing. The £500 given to Aspire funded room hire, craft supplies and refreshments.

Blacon Autism Group

Blacon Autism Group is a support group for parents with children on the autism spectrum. Weekly sessions enable parents to support each other in an informal, safe setting. They were given £250 to cover their Public Liability Insurance and other expenses.

Thrive to Survive

Thrive to Survive supports and advocates for families and vulnerable who are experiencing crisis or hardship, including domestic abuse. £479 was granted to cover items such as insurance and advertising resources.

Play in The Port

Play in The Port run after school play sessions for parents and children in order to reduce social isolation and offer affordable play activities. The £500 granted covered room hire, insurance and allowed the services to be extended by offering refreshments and purchasing new play equipment.

GGO community group

GGO empowers communities to become better and safer by supporting residents to build their self confidence and inputting measures to reduce anti-social behaviour in the community. GGO received £500 of funding to purchase a laptop to carry out essential tasks such as completing funding applications and referrals.

Messy Mischief Makers

Messy Mischief Makers run baby and toddler groups, holiday activities for school aged children and community family events in Ellesmere Port. £500 was donated to them in order to cover supplies for their sessions, such as paints and bubble mixture.

ND Directed

ND Directed offers support to those, and their loved ones and carers, who have a neurodivergent condition, specifically ADHD and Executive Function. This includes offering advice and coping strategies, signposting, advocating, talk, offload support each other, improve wellbeing. £500 was awarded to buy a laptop and printer which will make the charity more efficient and allow them to provide take home reading materials.