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Bookings are now open for the Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum. The forum is keen to hear from a wide range of people with an interest in local mental health services. The theme for this meeting is ‘Fit For My Future’. Fit for my Future” is a developing strategy to support the health and…

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In response to the recent announcements regarding Youth Service provision across the County, Spark will be holding a series of Voluntary Sector Forums aimed specifically at Youth Organisations. It’s a great opportunity to meet the Spark team and find out about the support they offer. Local funders will also be attending, and there will be…

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At their upcoming Multi Agency Practice Information Groups, the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) will be sharing the learning from their most recent Serious Case Review on the impact of long-term neglect and sexual abuse. It was highlighted within the review that voluntary services can play a significant role in identifying neglect within families from the…

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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 …

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Our Voice Somerset is running a series of Peer Support Groups across Somerset, for people with learning disabilities. The groups give attendees the opportunity to connect with each other, whilst participating in activities and working together to find solutions to local issues. Upcoming dates are: Yeovil Group: Thursday 8th November, 1:30pm to 3pm at Yeovil…

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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…

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Somerset Rural Youth Project, serving the needs of young people in the county since 1997, is to rename as Young Somerset from 1st October 2018. The charity, based in Edington but operating throughout the county, is launching a new Business Plan: Putting Young People First to better reflect what it does and how it does…

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Somerset Diverse Communities is a project that aims to celebrate the diversity in Somerset. It hopes to support and build relationships with groups and organisations who are supporting or working with black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Somerset. Through it’s Small Grants Scheme, funding of up to £300 is available to community groups, charities,…

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The Charity Commission has issued an alert from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), highlighting the insider threat from fraudsters and cyber criminals. The alert identifies that over 50% of organisations have suffered an insider threat attack in the previous year. Insider fraud is committed by someone involved within your charity, whether a trustee, an employee…

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This week Somerset County Council  published plans for savings across all its services in a decisive step to secure its long-term financial sustainability. Full papers for Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny for Policies and Place Committee, including details of the proposed budget cuts can be found here. The Committee will meet on Tuesday 11th September at…

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