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Local business skills sharing schemes like our SkillShare initiative are a great way to support smaller local charities and voluntary groups to access professional skills and expertise that may otherwise financially be beyond their reach.

Chester Voluntary Action has extensive experience and knowledge of the local voluntary and community sector and is therefore in an ideal place to broker support from local businesses and maximise its impact.


51 SkillShare partners registered in 2015, making a total of 163 businesses/professionals committed to sharing their time and skills.


With the support of our SkillShare partners, we achieved the following in 2015:

• 52 successful matches
• 99 charities and voluntary groups receiving one off support and/or advice
• 95 businesses donating skills and expertise
• 14 workshops delivered to 156 voluntary and community sector delegates
• £109,359 worth of professional time and skills donated by SkillShare partners

We also offer regular SkillShare training workshops on a variety of topics

If you wish to know more about SkillShare then please contact Joanne Walton on 01244 401272 or email

How SkillShare can benefit your business

Business benefits of participating in SkillShare include:

– Generating positive publicity through a raised profile in your community.
– Gaining new contacts from outside your business.
– A simple way to contribute to some truly inspirational charities.
– A brokered process that matches your personal and corporate aims.
– Providing a motivational and fulfilling environment for your staff.
– Tangible results based on the skills your business has provided.

How SkillShare can benefit your group

Voluntary, community and faith groups can also enjoy a range of benefits:

– Pair yourself with professionals who meet your specific skills requirements.
– Obtain free support to make your organisation more effective and sustainable.
– Access a range of skills, resources, one to one support and workshops.
– Gain new supporters from the business community.
– Engage in a collaborative partnership to help develop your skills and knowledge.

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