Developing Support for Young Carers in Somerset

Spark, with support from Somerset County Council, are running a special event for VCSE groups that work with Young Carers in Somerset.

Whether young carers are your main beneficiaries, you regularly come into contact with young carers through other work, or you have an interest in supporting young carers, they would like to hear from you.

Join them at this special event to discuss:

  • what support young carers need
  • what community-based services already exist
  • what support could we work together to provide
  • what funding is needed

It’s being held from 10:30am to 12 noon on Friday 14th December at Monks Yard.

Find out more and reserve your place here.

Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum

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 wellbeing of all the people in Somerset, by changing the way health and social care services are commissioned. It is being delivered by delivered by Somerset County Council, Somerset CGG, and other major health care providers. They are seeking views on the Case For Change, and their ideas so far.

Also on the agenda is SWEDA on the support they offer, Laughter Therapy, and the internationally recognised LEAP programme.

The Somerset Mental Health Stakeholder Engagement Forum is being held on Friday 14th December, from 10:30am to 1pm at SWEDA, Shepton Mallet.

You can find out more and book a space here.

Peer support groups for people with learning disabilities

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 Library.

Contact for futher information

Bridgwater Group:

Wednesday 17th October and Wednesday 2ist November, 6pm to 7:15pm at Bridgwater Community Centre.

Frome Group

Wednesday 17th October and Wednesday 14th November, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at Open Story Tellers, HUBNub Centre, Frome.

Contact for further information.

Representatives from each group also have the opportunity to attend Somerset County Council’s Learning Disability Partnership Board.

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. 

Voluntary Sector Forums in Taunton and West Somerset

Engage, the voluntary sector development organisation for Taunton and West Somerset, hold regular, free forums for VCSE organisations.

On the agenda is key speakers, round-the -table discussion of hot topics such as funding opportunities, and the opportunity to network and share your news.

The dates and locations of their next forums are:

West Somerset Voluntary Sector Forum

West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton TA4 4QA

Wednesday 5th December 10am to 1pm

Taunton Deane Voluntary Sector Forum

Albemarle Centre, Albemarle Road, Taunton TA1 1BA

Monday 22nd October. This forum will follow the AGM which starts at 10am.

Booking is essential, reserve your place by emailing



Somerset Funding Event

Somerset VCSE groups are invited to a free funding event.

Come and meet funders in Somerset and hear about their current funding opportunities, and talk to the local support organisations that can to help you to find funding and support you through the application process.

The event concludes with a networking lunch, during which you’ll be able to speak directly to the funders and support organisations.

It’s being held on Thursday 27th September, from 10am to 12:30pm at the Sedgemoor District Council offices.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to

Training and support for Chairs and Vice Chairs in Somerset

The Association of Chairs’ Beacon Programme will be coming to Taunton in the autumn, to provide support to Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million) in their role.

The programme will be delivering a series of workshops and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities. You can find out more about the programme here. If you are a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity then this has been researched, designed and created for you!

By completing the registration form, you will be able to join fellow Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities at the programme’s first workshop, ‘Being an Effective Chair’, on Thursday 11th October, from 2pm – 5:45pm at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton. This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity for Chairs and Vice Chairs to:

  • Be clear about their role and legal responsibilities
  • Understand what can help you be effective
  • Have practical tools to help you run effective meetings
  • Meet and learn from other Chairs of smaller organisations

Spaces for the workshop are limited, so early registration is advised. After you have registered for the Beacon Programme, you will be able to book your seat for the event here.

The Carers Gathering 2018

Carers Voice, the influencing body for unpaid carers in Somerset, is holding the 2018 Carers Gathering.

Unpaid carers in Somerset are invited to come along for a cream tea, and find out more about the support on offer from Carers Voice Somerset. It’s also a great opportunity to hear about the new Carers Service, find out about other organisations that could help, and meet other carers.

It’s being held on Wednesday 26th September, from 10am to 3pm at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall  (TA2 8JY)

Please RSVP to or 07866 785438