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Salary: £68,376 pa Location: Taunton Working Pattern: Full Time Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract People who are engaged in their community are healthier, happier and live more independently for longer. In Somerset, many organisations are joining forces in an exciting programme of work to support Somerset communities to be strong, vibrant places to live, with… more

Cascading Leadership: supporting peer-to-peer leadership development in the voluntary and community sector Applications are now open for the Kings Funds’ Cascading Leadership programme, a free peer-to-peer leadership development course for voluntary and community sector organisations working in health and wellbeing. It enables VCS leaders to share their extensive and varied expertise with peers, to talk about… more

The VCSE Strategic Forum met on Wednesday 9th October 2019. You can download the presentations here. The Key Speakers included: Patrick McKenna, Policy Advisor and Local Intelligence West – Office for Civil Society Patrick outlined the information that is available for the VCSE community in the lead up to Brexit. Most of the relevant information… more

Every Mind Matters, the first national NHS mental health campaign for over 18 year olds, launched this month. The site is full of useful resources to support people to help themselves and others, and focuses on anxiety, low mood, stress and poor sleep. Users can take a short quiz to receive a personalised action plan… more

The latest edition of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter is now available. This edition includes: An overview of recent changes to the Early Help Assessment A brief overview of ongoing work to refresh the Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset document the development of a new document called Effective Support for Children… more

Feedback from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership Forum which was held on Wednesday 11th September, by Nick Harwood, Chief Executive at Young Somerset: Julian Wooster (Director of Children’s Services, Somerset County Council) gave an overview of the new safeguarding arrangements and an outline of the forum’s Terms of Reference. He also outlined the context within which… more

Somerset Community Foundation is encouraging charities and community groups working across Somerset to apply for funding for projects that encourage young people to take action on issues that matter to them. Groups that engage young people aged 10-20 in activities such as campaigning, fundraising or volunteering should apply to the #iwill Fund. The Fund is… 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

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