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CCS works to support community groups, organisations and individuals in Somerset, through a range of diverse projects. They are currently recruiting a Quality and Performance Manager. This is a newly-created post, supporting the senior management team in embedding a “quality by design” approach. Applicants will usually work from the Taunton office and must have excellent… more

The Chair of Somerset County Council is keen to say thank you to voluntary and community organisations in Somerset. Local groups and charities are invited to meet with him for a cream tea and a chat at the Wyvern Club in Taunton, where he will also announce his chosen charities for the forthcoming year. This… more

This week, children and young people helped launch a document that will shape the way Somerset County Council and its partners support them over the next three years. The voices of children and young people have been central to the creation of the Children and Young People’s plan for 2019-22 which outlines the challenges and… more

The Single Point of Contact (SPOC) model is currently being dicsussed as part of the Richmond Group‘s work, exploring to how to build and improve collaboration between the voluntary sector and public bodies. We thought it would be useful to share NAVCA‘s report, Improving Commissioning through a VCSE Single Point of Contact (May 17), which explores… more

Put simply, coaching is a people management skill that unlocks a person’s potential to maximise their performance. Coaching helps an individual to learn for themselves – rather than being told what to do. Join Spark Somerset at this half day workshop, to find out more about coaching and how it can help you to get… more

Do you know an outstanding volunteer in Taunton and West Somerset? Then nominate them for a 2019 Volunteer of the Year Award. Would like you to nominate your shining stars, and say ‘thanks’ to the volunteers who make a massive contribution to our local communities. Engage is inviting voluntary organisations and the general public to nominate… more

This latest edition of the Somerset Domestic Abuse Newsletter, which contains updates on local and national domestic abuse related matters, is now available to view. Highlights from this edition include: Domestic Abuse Campaign Update MARAC Update Bright Sky App Local Sexual Violence Services Training Opportunities Local Barnardo’s Children & Domestic/Sexual Abuse Training You can download… more

Following the VCSE Strategic Forum on 6th March, Rowina Clift-Shanley provided an update on Children and Young People’s commissioning at Somerset County Council. You can view the presentation slides here. Rowina is particularly keen to seek voluntary sector input into: developing an Early Help offer in Somerset; recruitment of foster carers and stepping stones family… more

The VCSE Stategic Forum Met  on Wednesday 6 March 2019. You can download the presentations here. The key speakers included: Trudi Grant (Director – Public Health, SCC) Outlined the key priorities within the Somerset Improving Lives Strategy and the importance of the wider determinants of health. Brought attention to the current work beginning around Integrated… more

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… more