Local groups receive additional support

Essex-based charities and local community groups received some free expert advice at a special event held at Chelmsford Quadrant last week, which was supported by the Mayor and Mayoress of Chelmsford.

Our ‘Grow Your Group’ event, allowed local organisations and good causes the opportunity to network and to hear from three expert speakers on the subjects of ‘retaining and recruiting volunteers’, ‘writing better applications for grants’ and ‘increasing traffic to your website’. The Mayor also spoke about the gratitude he had for local volunteers and for those organisations working to improve the lives of those in Essex.

David Chase, who created local support group MATES and was recently announced as an ‘Inspirational Adult’ in the CM1stmas Awards, said the evening was “a fast-paced, extremely well thought out, well planned community event” and confessed his surprise about how much Chelmsford Star Co-op was doing in the community itself.

Organisers are keen for the Quadrant to host a similar event in the spring. If you’d like to attend, or have an idea for a guest speaker, please contact our Head of Membership & Marketing, Kevin@chelmsfordstar.coop


Photo shows from l-r: Kevin Bennett (Chelmsford Star Co-op - Membership), Karen Ainley (Mosaic Publicity), Pauline Dodd (Chelmsford Star Co-op - President), Mayoress Janice Cheese, Mayor Cllr Bob Massey, Sally Medd (Chelmsford CVS), Fran Wright (Essex Community Foundation), Claudia Eleady-Cole (Chelmsford Star Co-op - community).