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Children and Young People’s Commissioners’ Workshop Following the VCSE Strategic Forum 12.30-1.30, Rowina Clift-Shanley provided an update on Children and Young People’s commissioning at Somerset County Council.  Rowina was particularly keen to seek voluntary sector input into: developing an Early Help offer in Somerset; recruitment of foster carers and stepping stones family lodgings, placement stability for…

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The UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019. If there is no deal in place, this would impact how organisations exchange personal data. Although the UK’s own data protection standards would remain the same (the GDPR will come into our domestic law), there would be changes to how personal data transferred from the…

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We’re pleased to introduce Alison Baker, the new Somerset VCSE Strategic Coordinator. Alison has worked extensively in the voluntary sector and in local authorities, making her the ideal person to take the project forward. Look out for Alison at our upcoming events including the VCSE Strategic Forum meetings, and the VCSE Leaders Conference. You can…

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Networking & Events

Bridgwater Commencing 28/03   With all the evidence reinforcing the message that Third Sector leaders need to be embracing digital as part of their strategic thinking and planning, this 20 hr programme over 5 months will bring social enterprise and charity leaders together to develop their digital leadership skills.  Participants meet for one morning per…

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  Staff and volunteers from the county’s independent health and care champion, Healthwatch Somerset will be taking to the roads of Somerset in March to find out what people think about their local health and care services. Healthwatch Somerset aims to speak to at least 500 people from all corners of the county as part…

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The FSI’s popular small charity training is back in Bristol this 21st March, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Explore 5 different courses covering topics including fundraising strategy, case for support, corporate relationships and charity leader responsibilities. These courses are heavily subsidised and fill up fast, so book now: https://bit.ly/2Dg4Zay  

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