Paul Growney, CEO, Wirral Connect

Tell us about your company?

Wirral Connect (formerly Wirral CVS) was founded and registered as charity in 1991. The core of aim of the organisation was support the development and growth of Wirral's community sector. Today it specialises in the provision of mentoring and peer support based services to a range of different groups / organisations within the local community. As a charity we provide front line services to a range of groups in the community and also support third sector organisations. We also have a trading arm called Corporate Connections Consultancy CIC supporting private business on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Where do you want the business to be in two years?

To be the leading organization across the Merseyside region in the provision of mentoring and peer support based activities. To have developed the Corporate Connections brand as a North West recognized mark in CSR expertise.

What is your background?

I have always been involved in the charity sector from University days. After University I completed a management grad scheme in the social care sector which further built my knowledge around the sector but most importantly the business principles which underpin everything. I had placements in local councils, charities, health departments giving me a collective understanding of how things run.  I have developed a keen interest in social enterprise delivery and development over past years and started my career in WCVS as a business consultant supporting social enterprise delivery.

"To be the leading organization across the Merseyside region in the provision of mentoring and peer support based activities."

This enabled me to further identify the needs and growth potential of the Wirral third sector. The sector is a great place to work if you can handle the unstable nature things, it allows you to create new ideas and projects to help tackle some of the greatest needs within the community.  As a native scouser (plastic as from Knowsley) I had not worked in Wirral prior, however, I can say it has been the most enjoyable part of my career so far as having worked with great people / organisations.

If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?

In general there needs to be more support for older charities to transition to social enterprise models to sustain services. More investment could be provided in the development of social enterprise models of service delivery with a varied income rather than dependence on funding.

What do you do to relax away from the office?

Big film buff, really enjoy going to local cinemas and seeing the latest blockbuster. Go to gigs but not as much as I would like. Sad as it is I am a bit of gym head, always enjoyed going to gym and being involved in physical activity. I find going to gym to be a brilliant stress buster.

What hobbies do you have?

I don’t know if it’s a hobby but I have volunteered for a number of charities, currently I chair a home care charity based in Knowsley. I find this experience the best in boosting my confidence and abilities for working within the third sector. I would like to get into art, I was always a keen writer and would like to join a local group. In my spare time I would like to get into personal training in some capacity especially linking it to mental health support etc,.

What one piece of advice would you give an 18 years old Paul Growney starting out today?

Its cliché but I think pushing yourself and doing things outside of comfort zone is the best way to learn and develop. I find the skill of being resilience to be one of the best skills you can have within a workforce especially within the third sector.

Any final thoughts?

If you are interested in learning more about Wirral Connect give us a call and we will give you the full overview of all of the services we provide.

Paul is very keen to hear from you if you would like to learn more about need Wirral Connect, so call on 0151 647 5432 or have a look at the Wirral Connect website  



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