Somerset Domestic Abuse Newsletter

The latest Safer Somerset Partnership ‘Somerset Domestic Abuse Newsletter’ is now available click the link below to view.

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New VCSE Safeguarding Funding Programme Launched

DCMS and the Big Lottery Fund have today launched a joint funded programme investing £1.14m until 2022, as part of the wider Government strategy to improve safeguarding practice across the voluntary sector in England.  This funding will be used to develop training, support and advice for the sector and will be delivered in two phases:

Phase 1: Safeguarding resources for England launched 10 December for Expressions of Interest, closing on 14 January with projects commencing by the end of March 2019.

This is up to a maximum of £570,000 worth of funding for an organisation or partnership of organisations with the track record and knowledge to develop high quality resources which will be freely available to the voluntary sector to improve safeguarding practice.

Phase 2: Safeguarding training and development to be launched in spring/summer 2019. Funding to a small number of organisations or partnership(s) to share the resources developed during Phase 1 and support grassroots charities and community organisations to improve their safeguarding practice.

If you are looking to submit a bid please email


Funding Available for Taunton Groups

The Larkfleet Homes Community Fund supports charitable projects that help to enhance and develop the local community, and benefit Larkfleet residents and other local people.

Applications are now open, and constituted groups delivering charitable projects which will benefit communities within a 10 mile radius of the Larkfleet Rise development in Taunton, are invited to apply.

Find out more here.

Job Vacancy: Somerset VCSE Strategic Coordinator

Somerset Community Foundation is looking to appoint a self-employed Associate in the role as Coordinator for the Somerset VCSE Strategic Coordination programme.

The role is central to improving communication and coordination between the local VCSE sector and the public sector at a county-wide level, as well as generally helping the VCSE sector to develop and make the most of opportunities as they arise.

This varied role brings the Coordinator into contact with a wide spectrum of people and organisations. The successful candidate will be well-organised and self-motivated, a good and diplomatic communicator, and able to act as an independent convenor and connector.

The contract is for an average 11 hours a week, though some flexibility will be required.

The programme is supported by funding from Somerset County Council and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group. Community Council for Somerset, Engage and Spark are key VCSE partners.

Tenders for this role should be emailed to by 5pm, Thursday 13 December,

Further details can be found here.

New Dementia Community Grants Programme

Somerset County Council is changing the way it provides day time activities for people with memory loss or dementia. They have announced a community grants programme, which is now open for applications. The initiative is aimed at supporting the development of services for people in Somerset with memory loss or dementia, over the next five years.

Grants will usually be for £250 to £10,000 per year.

The grants will:

  • Directly benefit residents of Somerset and grass roots community groups and organisations.
  • Support an increase in people with memory problems or dementia using community groups and services, even when their condition worsens and extra support is required.
  • Fund activities and services that support both Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care clients who use Direct Payments to pay for their support, and people who pay for themselves.
  • Fund projects that become self-sufficient and sustainable

For further information please view Dementia Community Grant Outline and Dementia Community Grant EOI template

If you wish to have an informal conversation about this grant and what it can fund, please email the Adult and Health Commissioning Team at , and a member of the team will call you back.

An Update on the Children and Young People’s Plan

The latest ‘The Journey’ newsletter is now available. It’s includes an an overview and update on the Children and Young People’s Plan.

You can view the newsletter here.

Join the Fit For My Future Live Facebook Session

Fit for my Future will be hosting another live session on Thursday 6 December from 7pm – 7.30pm

Visit the Facebook page to join the conversation, it’s an opportunity to ask any questions you might have about Fit for my Future, and hear more about the programme.

If you’re unable to get online during the live session, but have some questions questions, email them to and they will be included in the session.

You can find out more at

Have your say: proposed changes to the County Council’s support and services for children and their families

Somerset County Council have launched an 8 week public consultation on the proposed changes to their support and services for children and their families.

You can have your say completing the online questionnaire, which is available here.

There will also be a series of drop-in  sessions, where you can find out more about the proposed changes and complete a hard copy of the questionnaire.

Dates, times and locations are:

Tuesday 13th November, Glastonbury Library, 1 Orchard Court, BA6 9JB, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday 14th November, The Key Centre, Feltham Lane, Frome, BA11 5AJ, 10am to 12pm

Wednesday 14th November, Frome Library, Justice Lane, BA11 1BE, 10am to 6pm, 10am to 6pm

Monday 19th November, The Hub, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ, 10am to 6pm

Thursday 22nd November, Taunton Library, (Wellbeing Zone), Paul Street, TA1 3XZ, 10am to 6pm

Wednesday 28th November, Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS, 10am to 6pm

Tuesday 4th December, Yeovil Methodist Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ, 10am to 6pm

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the questionnaire, or to see it in alternative format, such as larger print or translated into a different language, please email or phone 01823 357479.

The closing date for responses to this consultation is 5pm on Monday 31st December 2018.

New BBC Radio Somerset programme to feature VCSE organisations

BBC Radio Somerset‘s new evening programme, Connected, starts this month.

The programme, presented by Charlie Taylor, will highlight the great work being done by VCSE groups in Somerset, and promote local community events.

The shows will be broadcast from 7pm to 10pm every week night, and will focus on a different topic every evening:

Mondays  – ‘The Arts’

Tuesdays  – sports, leisure and outdoor pursuits

Wednesdays – health, lifestyle and relationships

Thursdays – social media review – what’s happening in Somerset

Fridays –  ‘Best of the Rest’

BBC Radio Somerset will be looking or community groups and individuals to get involved, either by phoning 0800 678 1566 to talk live on air, or making a guest appearance on the show.

Supporting LGBT+ Communities in Somerset

The Somerset Equality Officers Group and the Diversity Trust are currently working on identifying what support services need to be developed for the LGBT+ community in Somerset.

They recently held a consultation event to engage with the LGBT+ community on it’s proposals and give attendees the opportunity to provide feedback. The proposals included:

  • The provision of a community venue for LGBT+ organisations to use
  • A Community Development Worker to engage with, and build connections within the LGBT+ community
  • Training for schools, GO surgeries, businesses and public sector organisations to help demystify transgender
  • A Community Engagement Officer to work with existing LGBT communities and improve the voice of the LGBT community within the public sector and wider community

You can read the proposals and a summary of the feedback from the event here.