Month: April 2020

Chester FC and Chester FC Community Trust are delivering small treat boxes to local care homes for hardworking staff to choose from at their end of the shift to show our appreciation for their amazing work in caring for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.


Care home staff are working incredibly hard in the most challenging of circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic. Often staff members are working additional hours to cover colleagues who have had to self-isolate and wearing PPE during their shifts, which can be extremely warm, uncomfortable and exhausting.


To show our thanks for helping to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community, we are donating treat boxes to care homes in Chester for staff to choose from at the end of their shift. The boxes will contain self care items such as hand cream and sweet treats as a small thank you to these amazing frontline workers. 

Each box contains around £30 worth of treats and we hope to deliver as many boxes as possible to support care home staff through this crisis.


We are aiming to raise £300 towards the cost of creating the treat boxes and any donations towards this target would be gratefully received. Donations can be made through the JustGiving campaign page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/chester-fc-thank-you-carers.


Jim Green, CEO of the Community Trust, said: “I’m sure everyone will be aware of the problems care homes are facing and we can only imagine what the staff are going through on a daily basis.


“The idea for a treat box came from someone who works in a care home and is a small way of showing how much we appreciate what they are doing.”


If you have any questions or would like to donate items for the treat boxes, please email community@chesterfc.com.

The first Chester FC Education Pack for Key Stage 2 children is now available to download.

Following on from the first pack of home learning activities for Key Stage 1 children, this free educational resource aims to support children and families while schools remain closed.

Download Chester FC Education Pack 1 for Key Stage 2

Download Chester FC Education Pack 1 for Key Stage 1

We will be producing further packs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with curriculum-linked resources for English, Maths, PE and PSHE.

Remember you can also access lots of free home learning resources and challenges from Premier League Primary Stars at plprimarystars.com/home-learning.

Do you want to make a difference to your community and support Chester FC Community Trust?

The 2.6 Challenge is a nationwide fundraising event to help save the UK’s charities, including Chester FC Community Trust.

The event starts on Sunday 26th April – the original date for the London Marathon – but you can complete your challenge at any time.

We are asking Blues fans to get involved and support Chester FC Community Trust so that we can continue making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Whatever your age or ability, you can take part. Just think of an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26, complete your challenge and make a donation or ask your family and friends to sponsor you to help raise vital funds for the official charity of Chester FC.

HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?

1) Create a 2.6 challenge from home. You could run 2.6 miles, complete 26 keep-ups, climb your stairs 26 times or ride your bike for 26 minutes. You can find lots more ideas on The 2.6 Challenge website.

2) Click here or go to www.justgiving.com/chesterfc-communitytrust to make your donation or set up a fundraising page and ask family and friends to sponsor you.

3) Complete your challenge. Please ensure you follow government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

4) Post a photo or video of your challenge on social media using the #TwoPointSixChallenge hashtag and share it with us on Twitter or Facebook.

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on charities across the UK, including Chester FC Community Trust.

The cancellation of fundraising events and the suspension of activities due to the crisis means a significant reduction in our income for the foreseeable future.

During these most challenging times, we are committed to finding new ways to support our community and your help in raising vital funds to enable us continue our work would be greatly appreciated.

The 2.6 Challenge is a brilliant way to make a difference while getting active and doing something you enjoy.

If you require additional support please email community@chesterfc.com.

Chester FC Community Trust is working to support the Covid-19 response alongside Cheshire West & Chester Council and partner organisations.

The Chester FC Community Contact Initiative provides telephone support and practical help including shopping service and prescription collections as well as wellbeing and educational resources.

If you or someone you know would welcome a friendly chat or needs support accessing essential supplies, contact 07512 355396 or email community@chesterfc.com.

There is a huge amount of work taking place across Cheshire West to support those in need.

The Live Well Cheshire West website contains lots of information about local services and support for residents in Cheshire West.

This page contains helpful information about the range of support and services available and useful links.

You can keep up to date with what Chester FC Community Trust is doing on Twitter and Facebook.

HELPLINE

Cheshire West & Chester Council has a dedicated helpline to provide advice and support, and make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact.



Telephone 0300 123 7031 (open every day from 8am to 7pm)

You can also email enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

MENTAL HEALTH HELPLINE

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) has launched a new mental health helpline for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral. Open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week, it is open to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.



ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

NHS: Coronavirus information and advice

NHS 111 Online: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms

Government: Coronavirus response and guidance

Public Health England: Social distancing guidance

HOME LEARNING

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 1 Education Pack 1

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 1 Education Pack 2

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 2 Education Pack 1

Chester FC Community Trust: Key Stage 2 Education Pack 2

Premier League Primary Stars: Free resources and challenges

BBC Teach: Free daily lessons for homeschooling

BBC Super Movers: Fun resources to get children moving while they learn

KEEPING ACTIVE

The Body Coach: PE with Joe daily workouts for children at 9am

Sport England: Tips, advice and guidance on how to get active at home

The FA: Football related ideas and activities to try at home

SUPPORT SERVICES

Age UK Cheshire: Advice and support for older people

Chapter: Mental health support and advice

MoneyPenny: Money advice service

Open the Door: Advice and support for domestic abuse concerns

Snow Angels: Befriending service and practical support for older people

West Cheshire Foodbank: Emergency food packs for those in crisis

Chester FC Community Trust will be sharing free football-themed education resources to support home learning.

The resources have been designed to provide children and families with fun, engaging activities to continue learning while schools remain closed.

The first Chester FC Education Pack for Key Stage 1 children is now available and can be downloaded for free.

We will be producing further packs for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with curriculum-linked resources for English, Maths, PE and PSHE.

Remember you can also access lots of free home learning resources and challenges from Premier League Primary Stars at plprimarystars.com/home-learning.

Chester FC Community Trust is continuing its work in the community to support those in need during the coronavirus crisis.

The impact of the outbreak and introduction of social distancing measures has led to the suspension of physical delivery for the foreseeable future. While we plan to resume these activities when it is safe to do so, it is expected it will be some time before this is possible.

The Community Trust’s mission is to use the power of sport and appeal of Chester FC to improve and enhance the lives of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas. 

We remain wholly committed to achieving this mission and believe in these tough times our responsibility to the community – and in particular those in most need – is greater than ever.

What are we doing?

Our immediate focus is to provide services that support our participants, the Chester FC family and the communities we serve who have been impacted by this crisis. This includes:

  • Continuing the Community Contact Initiative to provide telephone support and practical help for vulnerable residents in isolation. To date volunteers have made more than 400 phone calls and given assistance with shopping and prescription collections. 
  • Adapting schools resources to support home learning for children and families with free home learning packs for KS1 and KS2 pupils.
  • Creating free online resources to encourage people of all ages to stay active at home to maintain physical health and support mental wellbeing.
  • Exploring ways to help keep participants connected through video and telephone calls with a particular focus on those at risk of social isolation.

We have secured a grant from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Community Response Fund towards these services and wish to express our thanks to Westminster Foundation for this funding.

The crisis has had a significant impact on the Trust’s operations and finances, including the loss of regular income streams and a major fundraiser with the postponement of the annual Chester FC Community Day fixture scheduled for Easter Monday.

In order to protect jobs and ensure the long-term stability of the Trust, the board of trustees has taken the difficult decision to utilise the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and furlough staff members who are currently unable to deliver activities. 

CEO Jim Green is continuing to work and is managing the daily operation of the charity together with our response to the coronavirus outbreak and progression of the King George V Community Sports Hub and Chester FC Football Education Programme projects, which remain key priorities.

David Evans, chair of trustees, said: “These are incredibly challenging times for everyone and we passionately believe the football club has an important role to play in supporting the needs of our community.

“Chester’s community spirit has risen to the fore and we are proud to be a small part of the amazing network of individuals, groups, businesses and charities working alongside the local authority.

“We are extremely grateful to our funding partners for their unwavering support and understanding during this difficult and uncertain period, and we will continue to use our resources and expertise wherever we can to help develop innovative ways to support our community as part of the council’s coordinated response.”

How can you help?

There are a number of ways in which you can support the Trust’s work during the crisis.

If you wish to make a donation, you can do so through our JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/chesterfc-communitytrust. Any contribution you are able to make is greatly appreciated and will help us to continue supporting vulnerable members of our community. 

If you are interested in volunteering or know someone who is need of support, you can email community@chesterfc.com or contact us on 07512 355396.

You can also keep in touch through our social media platforms Twitter and Facebook. 

Please keep safe, stay positive and continue to follow NHS and Government advice.

Our City, Our Community, Our Club.

The Trustees of Chester FC Community Trust

David Evans, Paul Bodman, Sue Pearson, Chris Robertson, Mike Vickers and Martin Williams