Char­ity life­line is dou­bling its reach

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - KAREN BRITTON

ACHARITY which teams up good causes in Mac­cles­field with busi­ness peo­ple from the town is dou­bling its work in the com­mu­nity.

Tim Cornes, from Tyther­ing­ton, has the job of vis­it­ing the town’s char­i­ties to see what skills they need. He then con­tacts busi­nesses to ar­range for peo­ple from Mac­cles­field to visit the char­ity and vol­un­teer time and skills to help them out.

This might be with so­cial me­dia skills, fi­nance ad­vice or prac­ti­cal help like a re­fur­bish­ment.

He says this has never been more im­por­tant as Mac­cles­field’s char­i­ties strug­gle to sur­vive in times of re­duced fund­ing and cuts to lo­cal ser­vices, which means that char­i­ties have to step in.

Now due to in­creased de­mand for its ser­vices the or­gan­i­sa­tion Tim works for, Cheshire Con­nect, is dou­bling the amount of work in the Mac­cles­field area, al­low- ing Tim to do four days a week in­stead of two.

Tim said: “I live in Mac­cles­field and want to help my com­mu­nity. With cur­rent fund­ing pres­sures be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult, there is now more need than ever for skills vol­un­teer­ing.

“Busi­nesses in Mac­cles­field are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to char­i­ties through mean­ing­ful skills ex­changes. Th­ese are op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple from the busi­ness com­mu­nity to of­fer their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence for free to lo­cal char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions. It’s a great way for busi­nesses to give back to the com­mu­nity and at the same time of­fer their staff op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop their skills.

“For char­i­ties it’s a way of strength­en­ing their or­gan­i­sa­tion by in­tro­duc­ing rel­e­vant busi­ness skills from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It’s a win-win op­por­tu­nity.

“I’m do­ing Mon­day to Thurs­day and would do ev­ery day if I could, I re­ally love it. There’s so much more to do.”

Cheshire Con­nect cur­rently sup­ports over 20 Mac­cles­field char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Cre8 youth group and Just Drop-In, which of­fers in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and coun­selling to young peo­ple in Mac­cles­field.

Ann Wright, man­ager at Just Drop-In, said: “Just Drop-In thrives due to its com­mu­nity and vol­un­teer­ing links, and Cheshire Con­nect plays an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing our links with lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Con­tact Tim on 07582 240393 or email tim­cornes@cheshire­con­nect.org.

‘Busi­nesses are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to char­i­ties through mean­ing­ful skills ex­changes’

Tim Cornes, from Cheshire Con­nect, and Just Drop-In man­ager Ann Wright

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