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  • Art Mayka / POTO Studios
    Professionally printed photography
    Chester Voluntary Action

    Poto puts volunteers on canvas

    The Grow-a-Group effect

    Through Grow-a-Group, Chester VA were introduced to Charlie Tait from POTO Studios and within 2 weeks the images were delivered free of charge. The Grow-a-Group system allowed for quick and direct communication. As a result, Chester VA successfully held the 1001 Faces of Volunteering exhibition showcasing the wide and diverse volunteering community involved in the organisation, which was even mentioned by the local press, also acknowledging the help from POTO studios.

    The participants experience

    Chester Voluntary Action

    Chester Voluntary Action (CVA) aims to promote and support voluntary action; ensure the local third sector has a strong and independent voice; improve the quality of life for local people and communities. 1001 Faces of Volunteering photography exhibition was a way of demonstrating the diversity of volunteering across Cheshire West. When we came up with the original idea we soon realised that in order to make it happen, and most importantly to make it look professional, we would need some financial assistance and/or pro-bono support. We were introduced to POTO Studios through Grow-a-Group as we needed high quality large prints of 20 of the 1001 images and we were looking for some help with the exhibition preparation.


    Receiving this support means that we have been able to hold an innovative and unique exhibition in Chester - the first of its kind - to celebrate volunteers but also to encourage more people to get involved. This will therefore have a wider impact on the community as a whole. This wouldn't have been possible without Grow-a-Group or POTO. Clare Harrison, Chester Voluntary Action

    Art Mayka / POTO Studios

    We are a family run, Liverpool-based studio specialising in high quality photographic and art images. Our aim is to create exceptional presentations of beautiful images, whilst keeping them affordable for our customers. We are passionate about working with local artists and art-lovers from the Merseyside region so we were very keen to help a local community initiative. As a company which provides very specific services, we would have found it difficult to find a group which we could successfully engage with. The use of Grow-a-Group allowed us to find precisely the kind of resource that we could help with directly.


    Chester VA were a pleasure to work with and it is great to see that our help is making an impact in the area. It was a very rewarding process and we would certainly recommend working with Grow-a-Group to other companies who would like to see their help materialise locally. Charlie Tait, POTO Studios / Art Mayka

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