Chester Voluntary Action was established in 1914 as Chester Council of Social Welfare. It was Chester’s response to the Prince of Wales National Emergency Appeal of August 1914 following the outbreak of WW1. It supported the families of those whose main breadwinner was away in the services, maimed or killed, and those affected by unemployment arising from the disruption of trade. Using the skills and expertise developed during the war, the Council later provided personal social services for many groups including war pensioners, discharged prisoners and those with learning difficulties. It pioneered the development of a range of social support services, such as day nurseries and advice centres, and has continued to support the development of services to address new social challenges as they arose throughout the century. Today Chester Voluntary Action keeps true to its past by supporting the development of a vibrant, thriving and sustainable local voluntary, community and faith sector. We have a strong and effective voice and have successfully adapted to meet the diverse and changing needs of the local community.