01727 814644 [email protected]


Helping Business Get Closer to the Community

The CVS St Albans & District is launching a new membership scheme for local businesses.

Local charities continue to feel the impact of funding cuts and it is clear that in order to continue delivering their services they must redesign their offering to become more sustainable.
Helping them to do this is part of the CVS vision.

Our member charities tell us that they would like the to network with local businesses, providing opportunities for local employees to volunteer and exchange skills.

We want to create a network where businesses and charities can share expertise, experience and ideas that benefit the district.

In 2016 The National Council for Voluntary
Organisations (NCVO) reported that although bigger charities were increasing in size, smaller charities were staying the same or becoming even smaller.

Business Membership will give local businesses the opportunity to work with all CVS members but we’re particularly looking to support smaller charities that because of their size cannot access charity of the year schemes and other opportunities.
Charities that although small, make a huge impact on the lives of their beneficiaries.

Some examples of what businesses can get involved in:

Networking Events. An opportunity for businesses to network with voluntary sector organisations, identifying projects where they can work together.

The Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge. The Challenge is for 6th formers (the apprentices) to turn £100 into £1000 for a local charity/community group guided by a business mentor … The Dragon!

Team Building Days. We link a CVS member group with a willing team of extra hands from a local business, Interfaith Sunday or Masorti Synagogue who enlist many of their community to provide gardening/painting etc. to support our community.


What’s in it for businesses?

  • Affordable professional and personal development opportunities for your staff

  • Positive relationships with the community

  • Team building

Case Study

“In partnership with St Albans CVS, we (Kingston Smith LLP) have hosted and delivered seminars on financial, governance and management topics to voluntary organisations, which has been rewarding for all involved. We are pleased to donate a percentage of our time and expertise to this valuable sector and are dedicated to helping our not for profit clients succeed. Kingston Smith is a top 20 firm of accountants with offices throughout the South East, including St Albans.”
Gordon Follows – Partner

How it works


  • identify specific needs amongst local charities

  • link the skills, resources and expertise of local businesses with over 200 charitable organisations in our area

  • help businesses set up staff volunteering schemes

  • broker money raised by businesses through sponsorship, recycling schemes, employee or company donations to reach a good cause

  • facilitate a commitment to the development of a strong and healthy community

How do I join?

We will be announcing our membership and sponsorship packages shortly, if your business would like to register an interest please contact Alison Jarvis on 01727 814644 or email [email protected]