The Future of Social Care

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 from Stephen Chandler, Director of Adult Services outlining why Somerset chose to engage with Panorama
  • Understand what initiatives are already in place, and how you can get involved
  • Share your views on how else we can collaboratively rise to the challenge

The workshop will take place on Tuesday 16 July, 2-4pm, at Victoria Park Community Centre. Booking is essential. Please register here by Friday 5th July.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything in advance of the workshop then please email

The Good Lunch

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, will give a talk on ‘demonstrating value – the power of a £1 spent with your charity’.

The Good Lunch will be held at The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, from 12pm to 2pm, on Wednesday 5th June.

Tickets are £19.50 and include a two course lunch and refreshments.

Find out more and book your space here.

2018 Somerset Activity and Sport Awards

Nominations are now open for SASP‘s 2018 Somerset Activity and Sport Awards.

The awards will celebrate the achievements and successes of outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches, community clubs and organisations from across Somerset.

Is there somebody within your organisation who has made a fantastic contribution to community sport and physical activity? Say a big thank you by nominating them for one of the following awards:

  • Young Coach of the Year
  • Children’s Coach of the Year
  • Participation Coach of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Club Volunteer of the Year
  • Club of the Year
  • Get Somerset Active
  • Contribution to School or College Sport
  • Active Workplace
  • This Girl Can
  • Sports Performer of the Year

The awards evening for the finalists will be held on Friday 19th October at Somerset County Cricket Club.

You can find out more and submit a nomination here. The deadline for nominations is Friday 31st August.