The 1980s

1980 was the year that Chester Council of Community Service (CCCS) became involved in recycling used furniture.

It was in the year of 1981 that CCCS was involved in setting up Standing Conference for the Disabled and that CCCS was ceased to be responsible for administration of SSAFA and Mayoress’s Holiday Fund.

Citizens Advice Bureau became an independent in 1982 and CCCS was renamed Chester Council for Voluntary Service (CCVS).

It was in 1986 that the Sitter and visitor scheme for elderly and housebound was established with the DHSS (Department of Health and Social Security) grant under Opportunities for Volunteering, it was also in this year that the Age Concern Chester Branch was established.
1987 – Harold Tomlins resigned as General Secretary as was replaced by Mike Kennerley

In 1988 CVS helped set up Chester Women’s Hostel Association, initiated by Chester Housing Action Forum, and sponsored application by Chester Bangladeshi Association for grants for community workers.

1989 – Chester Lodgings and Support Project (CLASP) set up by the Housing Forum.

The 80’s were a time of change with the Vietnam war still fresh in the minds of the American public, coupled with the experience that the Soviet Union suffered in Afghanistan started to bring about real change. With a new leader in Gorbachev the USSR moved towards openness and this helped bring about drastic movements culminating in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin wall. This was part of the series of movements across Eastern Europe which would eventually end with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the following decade.