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The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country have helped bring national attention to the issue and kick-started the debate about the future of social care. VCSE organisations are invited to a workshop to engage with Adult Social Care Commissioners to: Explore the challenges faced, including hearing… 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

Spark Somerset, Engage and award-winning social enterprise Cosmic are combining forces to offer social enterprises and enterprising charities across Somerset a unique chance to develop their digital leadership skills and make themselves more resilient for the 21st century. Starting in July, Cosmic will be rolling out two of its hugely popular Digital Leadership for Social… more

Do you have ideas about how your organisation can help to make Somerset a safer place to live and work? How can your organisation contribute to the community safety agenda for Somerset? Almost all community safety work is done in partnership. No matter the subject area, it is rare that any one issue can be… 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

Somerset Development Programme with The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington Applications are now open for The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington’s Somerset Development Programme. This is a fully funded Programme for established social enterprises looking to grow and will be held in Taunton on four days over three months from 19 June 2019.  The Programme… more

The popular charity leaders’ networking lunch returns in June. The lunches are a chance for as senior charity sector leaders to come together. As usual, there will be a rotating table place to ensure that attendees can have useful conversations with as many people as possible. Guest speaker, be Justin Roxburgh, Chief Executive at ARC,… more

The latest newsletter from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board is now available. This edition includes: News from the SSAB SSAB Annual Conference New Strategic Plan for 2019-2022 Mendip House Safeguarding Adult Review in the news Changes to MARAC Get the SSAB Website on your phone or tablet Business Manager Blog Learning Lessons National: ‘Colin’ Regional: … 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