The 2000s

Yearly snapshots:

It was in the year 2000 that Mike Kennerley retired as General Secretary and Alan Chapman was appointed as Chief Officer.
The Certificate Award Scheme for Volunteers was launched.
Cheshire and Warrington Voluntary Sector Learning Forum began operations in this year.
2002 Hospital Visiting Car scheme transferred to Cheshire Community Council.
On 13 January 2002, Chester was granted Fairtrade City status. This status was renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation on 20 August 2003.
In 2003 Volunteer Bureau Rural Outreach Project launched.
2004-5 was the year that CVS and Cheshire, Halton and Warrington Racial Equality Council initiated Chester Inter-Faith Group.
It was in 2005 CVS adopted name Chester Voluntary Action and Learning Together Cheshire and Warrington launched as an independent organisation

2006 A Compact for Chester for better joint working signed; Volunteer Centre awarded Quality Accreditation by Volunteering England; Alan Chapman resigned and Carol Berry appointed

It was in 2007 that the Volunteer Centre Outreach Service for Blacon, Lache and Newtown was launched. Later in 2007 the Gateway’s studio theatre was reopened as The Forum Studio Theatre, run by an independent theatre company.
In 2007 Chester Council announced a 10-year plan to see Chester become a “must see European destination”. At a cost of £1.3 billion it has been nicknamed Chester Renaissance.

2008 Third Sector Assembly for Cheshire West launched with support from CVA. In 2009 Chester Voluntary Action Ltd charitable company was formed.