ThriveWorking together in Trafford


Pulse Regeneration (Thrive Trafford) in partnership with the Trafford Community Collective has been contracted by Trafford Council to deliver the VCFSE Sector Infrastructure Support Service.

The aim of the Infrastructure Service is to assist Trafford Council and the Trafford Partnership in delivering the new  Trafford VCFSE Strategy for 2022 to 2027 and to achieve the shared vision for Trafford – “where all our residents, communities and businesses prosper”

Thrive Trafford provides a unique opportunity to work with all partners in Trafford and beyond, including statutory, private sector, and VCFSE sector organisations, to help make a step change and create long lasting impact.

Our approach is strategic; independent; partnership based; and responsive to change. We aim to be innovative in delivery, with support carefully focused on need and achieving improved outcomes for the residents of Trafford.

Chris HartCaroline PlattBernadette ElderCheryl HigginsJack PullerKay Pickard

Chris Hart, Director

Chris Hart, Director – Chris leads the Thrive Trafford team, responsible for coordinating Thrive Trafford services and developing partnerships between the VCFSE, public and private sectors. Chris collaborates with our partners helping to develop and implement the Trafford VCFSE Strategy and leads on the Thrive Trafford VCFSE Strategic Forum events engaging with our partners in the codesign of new policies, strategies, and services. Chris also leads on our work at the Greater Manchester level, representing Trafford’s VCFSE sector, and engaging in strategic partnerships and developing programmes. Chris has worked in the VCFSE sector for over 30 years, setting up Pulse Regeneration in 2001, a specialist VCFSE support consultancy, and having previously worked as Chief Executive of the Eldonian Village in Liverpool, a nationally recognised model of best practice in community regeneration and having won World Habitat Award status. Chris is formerly a Qualified Chartered Surveyor and Qualified Business Banker having worked across both the public and private sectors.

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Caroline Platt, VCFSE Sector Capacity building and Funding Support

Caroline leads on our capacity building and funding support for the VCFSE sector in Trafford. This includes governance and constitutional support for VCFSEs to set up in the right way to open the door to future funding opportunities.  For those at a stage where they are looking to grow and formalise themselves Caroline can help to move groups through the process of becoming a Registered Charity or a Community Interest Company (CIC).  Caroline helps with funding enquiries and provides 1-1 support for VCFSEs that need technical guidance, brokerage with partners as well as a ‘critical friend’ for funding applications. Caroline is a member of the Trafford Climate Change Network and the Community Climate Action Group which is developing a multi-million partnership bid to National Heritage Lottery Fund. Caroline also represents Thrive Trafford on the 10GM Workforce Development project. She has run her own Bid Writing and Funding Consultancy business for over 8 years. Caroline works with clients across the North-West and has secured over £2m in grants for VCFSE organisations in that time. She is also a Director of Cannington Shaw Preservation Trust CIC and a passionate supporter of conserving heritage assets for future re-use. Previous experience includes Project Manager for Wirral Waterfront SRB6 and Wirral Borough Council Economic Team.

To contact Chris email:

Bernadette Elder, VCFSE Sector Support Consultant

Bernadette provides specialist capacity building support for Thrive Trafford, helping our VCFSEs with complex situations and developments. Bernadette works with individuals and groups across Trafford helping them develop their business models and providing bespoke group support to ensure good governance. In particular Bernadette helps with board development and community asset transfer and can support VCFSEs in developing high quality services and to become financially self-sustaining through the Trafford Quality Mark (TQM). Bernadette has extensive knowledge and experience of working in the voluntary sector as she has been CEO of Inspiring Communities Together, a charity based in Salford since 2011. Prior to this Bernadette worked on a national award-winning Regeneration programme – New Deal for Communities for ten years helping communities to develop the role of the voluntary sector in neighbourhood renewal.

To contact Bernadette email:

Cheryl Higgins, VCFSE Sector Communications and Engagement Officer

Cheryl provides information, advice, and organisational development support to Trafford’s VCFSE’s including through news, e-bulletins, and access to training. Cheryl manages the Thrive Trafford website and social media posts to keep the sector updated, raise awareness, and share important information about funding, events, and upcoming campaigns. Cheryl helps to connect Trafford’s VCFSEs including through the Thrive Trafford VCFSE Strategic Forum events helping to increase partner engagement.  Passionate to support people and Trafford’s local communities, Cheryl is bringing groups and organisations together and keeping Trafford’s communities strong. Cheryl is a proven business leader with over 20 years’ experience in the welfare to work sector, helping people return to work in Trafford and the Greater Manchester areas. This will stand Cheryl in good stead to continue to help build and shape the VCFSE sector in Trafford.

To contact Cheryl email:

Jack Puller VCFSE Sector Volunteer Coordinator

Jack leads on volunteering coordination for Trafford, supporting people to access volunteering opportunities, including working with the Trafford Community Hub Volunteer Coordinators and with partners to share information and develop plans and strategies. Jack provides advice at Trafford’s Social Value Steering Group, working with local businesses, employers and VCFSE organisations to facilitate employee volunteering. Jack also organises and facilitates the Thrive Trafford Volunteer Managers Network meetings, enabling our VCFSE’s to share information and best practice, develop new skills, and provide peer support. Jack has many years’ experience developed in the VCFSE sector including working with Macc in Manchester as their Volunteering & Active Communities Manager overseeing work of the volunteer centre, and is an Investing in Volunteers Assessor and Advisor, and trained as an assessor for the Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation with NAVCA. Jack has a passion for voluntary action and active citizenship, and for supporting the VCFSE sector in Trafford.

To contact Jack email:

Kay Pickard VCFSE Sector Finance Director

Kay Pickard, Finance Director – Kay is responsible for Thrive Trafford’s financial administration, human resources, policies, and data protection. With over 17 years’ experience of working within banks at senior levels, Kay has extensive business, management, and financial expertise.

Delivery Partners

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