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Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) has provided a wealth of expertise to Flight to Freedom (FtF) so the charity can offer much-needed services to women affected by domestic abuse and others who’ll be supporting them.

Given FtF’s small turnover, it was able to access a free CWVA membership for 2022 and the support received has been imperative.

Alongside direct support from CWVA staff amounting to £227, FtF has received £14,700 in grants from funds that have been distributed by CWVA, accessed regular communications and much more.

FtF has been working with Cheshire Police in the Ellesmere Port area to deliver a training programme about how victims believe reported domestic abuse incidents should be dealt with in the hope that more people will come forward.

Five sessions have been attended by 60 police constables and three sergeants in total, with further sessions in the pipeline for the workforce in the Chester and Northwich areas.

Connie Johnson, Director of FtF, said: “This wouldn’t have been possible without receiving and learning of funding grants through CWVA.

“These grants make sure we can run our services efficiently with the time and funds we need to put it all in place.

“I’d like to thank the team CWVA from the bottom of my heart for believing in our mission and helping us make it happen.”

Gary Cliffe, Chief Executive of CWVA, added: “It’s wonderful to receive such positive feedback like this from our members.

“At CWVA, we want to support all our members in the best way we can so they can provide high-quality services for the people who depend on them.

“Our sector does so much inspiring work and it’s great to hear the impact Flight to Freedom is having with its support for women affected by domestic abuse.

“One of the reasons we have a free membership in place for small charities with a small turnover is so they can access our support without having to worry about the fee.

“I’d encourage any charitable organisations, whether you’re small, medium or large in size, to become a member as we have so much to offer you.”

How to become a CWVA member

Membership for 2023 will soon be here and, whether you’re a new or existing member, you’re welcome to join the family.

CWVA introduced this small membership fee for the first time in 2022 to continue developing our offer for local charitable organisations.

85 per cent of previous members opted to pay the membership fee, highlighting the high-quality support offered by our team at CWVA. 

The membership offer will include:

  • free or subsidised training
  • networking opportunities
  • specialist funding support
  • advice around governance and managing your organisation
  • access to CWVA’s volunteer platform and support with volunteer management
  • ways for you to have your say locally, regionally and nationally
  • regular communications so you can keep up-to-date with the latest information and advice
  • support with promoting your organisation across CWVA’s platforms
  • much more.

Members will also benefit from all the strategic work CWVA does to champion the community sector so it can be seen as an equal partner, secure opportunities to influence decision making, develop services and lever in funds.

For any organisations with an annual turnover of less than £10,000, the membership fee is completely free.

For any existing members, you need to complete a member renewal form so CWVA can make sure it has all the correct details for your organisation on file.

New members will need to fill in a membership form so CWVA has all the details it needs.  

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