Local Community Groups Supported

Representatives from local charities, schools, councils and other community groups gathered at Chelmsford Quadrant on 30th November for an evening of free support organised by the Chelmsford Star Co-operative Society.

The independent co-op, which exists purely to serve, support and sustain communities in Essex, gathered these groups together for a ‘Grow Your Group’ evening in an effort to help them succeed in areas they struggle, with expert advice on hand following specific requests made at a similar event at the start of the year. Local businesses Direct Solutions UK, Bensons Business & Leisure Learning and Trinity Mirror advised on subjects including data protection, public speaking and press releases, whilst the Society itself discussed fund-raising options and ways to get more involved in their decision-making process.

One attendee commented; “A fantastic evening. It was informal, fun, but has given me some essential advice I would have had to have paid significant amounts for in any other situation.”

Kevin Bennett, Head of Membership & Marketing for the Society, said; “This was our 4th event of its kind, and we always get different groups turning up depending on the subjects covered. They seem to be useful for people, so we will definitely hold another one next year.

If you volunteer for a local group or organisation and would benefit from some free advice, contact Kevin via community@chelmsfordstar.coop to be kept informed, and let him know what area you would benefit from.


Speakers: Shows Kevin Bennett (Chelmsford Star) Allistair Hunter (Direct Solutions), Sue Sullivan (Society President), Julia Brigui (Trinity Mirror) and Paul St John Bennett (Bensons Business & Leisure Learning) promoting the Society’s award-winning Community Card fund-raising scheme.

Audience shows some of the representatives attending – snow and cold weather kept some away, but there was still plenty of atmosphere.

Georgina & Claudia from our membership & community team supporting the event.