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

We are excited to announce that we are entering a new and exciting transformational era. Following a name change from “The Chester Municipal Charities” to “The Chester Bluecoat Charity” in order to connect with both our  historical links and ownership of the landmark building at the top of Northgate Street, we then looked at how we can better support and engage with the Chester community. Subsequently, we are particularly interested in supporting charities and initiatives helping youths, believing that supporting the younger members in our community will then help improve the lives of generations to come in the area.

Last year, we awarded Kidsbank a “game-changing” grant of £45,000 over the course of three years which helped the charity move to a much larger premises. This will help Kidsbank to not only extend its reach, but also add extra services.

We have also recently granted £60,000 over three years to fund a Chester Zoo project that enables disadvantaged young people from Chester to access opportunities to connect with nature. The project aims to improve the participants’ wellbeing, increase their transferable skills and allow them to take part in Chester Zoo’s educational programmes.

Other local charities and causes we have supported include Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Passion for Learning and have sponsored educational bursaries.

The Chester Bluecoat Charity is currently working on an exciting project that we believe will massively improve the lives of many in Chester now and for future generations and will announce further details in due course.

The transformation of the charity has also led to the expansion of its’ team by welcoming Dee Denton as charity manager and Lucy Meek as communications officer, with both helping to push the charity’s support initiative forward.

Dee, as charity manager, provides strategic and administrative support to the trustees to ensure the efficient operation of The Chester Bluecoat Charity. She joins the charity from Aldi, where she worked for 11 years gaining a wealth of management experience as a store operations director in a very fast paced environment.

Communications officer Lucy will, amongst other things, help to spread awareness of The Chester Bluecoat Charity. Lucy has worked in marketing and communications since 2007 and is excited to raise the publicity of the charity and extend its’ reach.

The chair of trustees at The Chester Bluecoat Charity, Neil Davies, welcomes the new arrivals and saysThe Chester Bluecoat Charity is very excited about our new era. We are now looking for opportunities to support those working in this area where funding may be a barrier. The Chester Bluecoat Charity will continue to invite bids to our support fund for financial assistance for other community schemes that meet our charity’s aims.”