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Chestnut Community Events launches new website

Posted on 29th November, 2017

A charity which helps children, young people and adults has a new website, thanks to the youngest recruit at a Kendal company.


Dan Crossley (21) designed and built the site for Chestnut Community Events which assists children, young people, and adults in developing skills and attributes to build confidence in themselves and understanding of the world around them.

He’s the newest member of the team at Kendal based SYPO; a former pupil at Kirkbie Kendal School, Dan joined the company with a first class degree in Business Entrepreneurship and Computing Innovations at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster.

Chestnut needed an up to date website to promote their message that “every child, young person, and adult is unique and will help them to develop their potential in an active community environment”.

They provide activities for children, young people and adults in Cumbria, particularly the South Lakes area, in nurseries, primary and secondary schools, clubs, and organisations. They plan workshops and facilitate events so that staff and leaders can participate with the group, helping them to build on friendship and team work. They also support a young adults’ initiative in a Community Roots project, which integrates young people who might not be in education, employment, or training.

As we grow stronger together we need volunteers to help us in any way they can. We are looking for trustees, ambassadors, gardeners/horticultural volunteers, and others to assist with administration, fundraising and marketing and joining a management committee.

It’s vital to have a good website to do this effectively. SYPO have been a great help. Dan is always professional, patient and very understanding. We feel very pleased that we have been dragged into the modern world!

Jan Quinn, Project Manager at Chestnut Community Events

The new site also offers an important view of the role of Chestnut, through a new initiative, a regular video-blog provided by Sam Willacy, a service user who volunteers in the local community.

He’s now able to show a wide audience the videos he’s making about his work with other volunteers in the community garden at Westmorland General Hospital. Sam said:

I love horticulture but I need support in many ways to be more independent in the community with the different abilities and needs that I have.

Being part of this charity has assisted me in many ways not only with new skills to add to my qualifications, but with my medical needs, emotionally and socially, which is something I struggle with. I had an idea to make a vlog about all the aspects of work I am involved with and I am really excited about the opportunity.


Dan Crossley said:

It’s always good to help charities reach out to a wider audience, and very moving to see how this is helping people like Sam. The great thing about SYPO is that I was given the chance to develop a project on my own, using all the background knowledge and expertise of the rest of the team.


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