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Connect St Albans

Connect St Albans

Chaired by CVS St Albans & District, Connect St Albans is a steering group of members from The University of Hertfordshire, St Albans City & District Council, Chamber of Commerce and STANTA They aim to identify opportunities and to create, develop and maintain initiatives to build relationships of mutual benefit between the voluntary, education and business sectors.

Some examples of what Connect is involved in:

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.

The 100 Chair Challenge. A project which recycles office chairs as gifts to community groups and charities.

What’s in it for businesses?

  • Affordable professional and personal development opportunities for your staff

  • Positive relationships with the community

  • Staff Satisfaction

Champion 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

Take a look at Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge

Dragons’ Apprentice Challenge is an annual event that encourages schools, businesses and charities to work together. Through volunteering it offers young people the opportunity to put their entrepreneurial ideas to the test and helps develop work related skills. More here 

For more information or a no obligation discussion, please email us

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