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Spark Somerset have teamed up with global crowdfunding platform,, to deliver a half day crowdfunding workshop. Whether you want to tackle homelessness, fund a community sports group, or anything in between, the aim of the session is to help you to make a difference! Carl Francis, Engagement and Support Manager at, will walk… more

Active Living Programme grants of up to £2,000 for groups supporting people in later life to stay physically and mentally active are now available. Applications are encouraged from community groups which are providing and promoting opportunities for older people in Somerset to be: more physically active less isolated and lonely more independent better informed of… more

The Joint VCSE Review was initiated in November 2014 by the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England to describe the role of the VCSE sector in contributing to improving health, well-being and care outcomes; to identify and describe challenges and opportunities, and make recommendations for national government, local government and the NHS…. more

Organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, the GSK IMPACT Awards are designed to recognise and reward small to medium sized charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK and have… more

The latest edition of the Somerset Domestic Abuse Newsletter, which contains updates on local and national domestic abuse related matters, is now available to download here. more

Connecting you… A new way to plug-in to Somerset’s growing Community Connect movement is now available! The Somerset Community Connect website is full of information and advice that can help you and the individuals you work with, to make local links that will help make life better. Whether you’re supporting someone who is looking for groups… more

On Tuesday 2nd July members of the VCSE community and the public sector in Somerset came together for a Community Safety Forum at Long Sutton Golf Course. More than 50 people attended and heard updates from: Lucy Macready, Somerset County Council – Safer Communities Partnership and Referral Pathways Amy Hurst, Sedgemoor District Council – Serious… more

Public Health England will be launching a major national campaign, led by the Richmond Group of Charities, to inspire people with long-term health conditions to get active.  The campaign, which will be launched in September, aims to challenge misconceptions around being active with long-term conditions, providing a unified voice and a strong, emotional platform to… more

VCSE representative, Nik Harwood, attended the meeting of the Somerset Children’s Trust on 14th May 2019. You can read his summary below: Closing statement on Children’s Plan 2016-2019 was shared with achievements and areas for improvement (including those ported into the 2019-2022 plan, which is now published) Theme for forward planning with heavy emphasis on… more

Community Council for Somerset have recently announced new dates for their programme of training aimed at anybody involved in community buildings. The full day training events will offer several courses throughout the day on a range of useful topics, including: Trustees roles and responsibilities Funding opportunities and how to write a successful application Meetings and… more