Chester & Wider Community

We have sought to include links to local Chester based businesses who are offering services we think might support you. We are also doing our best to include national programmes or videos we find that we think might interest you.

Please let us know if you find anything we don't feature that would be useful to add.

Marina Kogan - Kogan Coaching

Marina Kogan has worked at Beehive in the past, periodically offering her unique and brilliant style of personal development coaching. She is an International Life and Business Coach working with companies and individuals, delivering her programs to corporate organizations and groups of individuals. Being a seasoned businesswoman herself, Marina identifies what it takes to start a business and succeed; how to be resilient in difficult times and how to run a successful business while staying true to your values and vision. It is these qualities, among others, that make Marina be a highly sought-after Business Mentor for the Welsh Government to SMEs.

Marina is offering Resilience in Challenging Times Udemy Programme. Well worth a look.

Marina's Website

To get an idea of Marina's style, here is a video Marina did about secondary stress a year ago.

Gauntlet Birds of Prey

Gauntlet Birds of Prey park is the largest of its kind in the North West of England with over 150 birds of prey, from Owls and Hawks to Vultures, Eagles and the more unusual birds like the Secretary Bird. They also have Meerkats, Goats and Ferrets.

During this period they are hosting a series of live shows from their centre.

Link to Gauntlet on Facebook

Link to a list of their online events

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Photography

Simon Downing - Photographer

Simon Downing is a local photographer who runs Downing Lifestyle Photography in Ellesmere Port.

Their photographs have won numerous National Awards which means you can trust them to provide you with consistently fantastic results.

Simon has produced an app to help children learn photography! Access it via the link.

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Gardening

Maria Katsarou-Makin

Maria is a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological Society, Registered with the HCPC (Health & Care Professions Council)  and has (amongst others) a Masters of Science in Psychology and a Doctorate in the same field. She is available for online and telephone consultations and has a YouTube channel where she will add snippets to see her approach.

Maria has over 20 years of practical experience in working with organisations, individuals, couples and teams. She has lived and worked in Nigeria, Greece, Germany, France and has travelled extensively around the world.

In 2019 Maria’s world fell apart after her husband’s sudden terminal illness (very aggressive type of lung cancer). In the same year, she also lost her two doggies from kidney failure and one from old age. In her effort to find relief and build something constructive out of all this pain, she wrote a book about her experience. In Factions of a Mind, Maria has navigated this passing into an honest awakening to the stages of grief. Exploring the changes to one’s character, its effects on those around them and the difficulties we face as carers when confronted with the responsibility to manage and comfort our loved one in this process. She examines our role as the carer and learning how to manage the responsibilities to this role and the suffering it extends. To thoughtfully and honestly discuss our duty to care. As carers, our obligation to ‘care’ for the other has inexplicably meant that we do not equip ourselves with the tools and resources to ‘care’ for ourselves after their passing. Our inability to comprehend their loss and the stages of grief we are experiencing leave us vulnerable and open to further pain. The book will be published in July 2020 and all the proceeds will go to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd where her husband took his last breath.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo are hosting 'Virtual Zoo Days' which can be accessed via their FB page and Youtube. These are brilliant little insights into the different aspects of the zoo and there are already a number of videos to see from various enclosures.

Popcats Music Time Limited

Popcat's offers sessions for pre school children and care homes for the elderly. Classes are run by experienced and qualified teachers. During this period they are doing lots of online activities for the local community, for example singalong and story time.

Their Facebook page is the main source of all their online activities via live/events. Take a look using the link below.

Popcats Website

Popcats Facebook page

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