Foundations for Funding with Afternoon Tea

Get funding ready with Marsha Miles Consultancy! A free funding event for fundraisers, trustees and charity leaders in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Enjoy afternoon tea, networking and an exciting line up of speakers:

Michelle Ferris, Director of Charities and Care at Albert Goodman
How to prepare for funding and make it easier for funders to understand you and your accounts.

Lizzi Ginby, Director at Teapot Creative
Lizzi will focus on the benefits of having a strong brand voice and online presence and how this will help engage your target audiences and give gravitas to your charity’s purpose.

Jen Windsor, Bid Writing Officer at Marsha Miles Consultancy
Jen will be presenting on the importance of demonstrating positive outcomes to funders in a target driven environment.

This is a free event with limited spaces available. It’s being held on Monday 2nd March from 12:30pm to 4:30pm in Weston, Devon.

You can find out more and book your space here.

Networking Events for Somerset Social Enterprises

The Enhance Social Enterprise Network is holding a series of events for social enterprises in Somerset.

Grow it! 11th February, 6pm, Frome
An evening focusing on the growth and development of your social enterprise, and the support available to you. Speakers include Edventure Frome, Frome Town Council, Somerset Community Foundation, CAG Consultants, plus an open mic session.

Film it! 10th March, 6pm, Bridgwater
Film is one of the most immersive ways to capture an audience. Phil Shepherd, facilitator of Somerset Film and the Engine Room shares how they have developed their social enterprise over 25 years and how they have met the challenges of ever changing technologies and markets, competition and financial pressure, whilst staying true to their core mission.

Scale it! 26th March, 6pm, Minehead
How to take your social enterprise to the next level and learn lessons from other organisations further along their journey. Speakers include Minehead Eye, Somerset Community Foundations, open mic session plus have a go at bouldering!

Find out more and register here.

These events are being delivered by Smart Communities, part of CCS with funding from the Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise programme.



Somerset VCSE Community Safety Forum

On Tuesday 2nd July members of the VCSE community and the public sector in Somerset came together for a Community Safety Forum at Long Sutton Golf Course. More than 50 people attended and heard updates from:

  • Lucy Macready, Somerset County Council – Safer Communities Partnership and Referral Pathways
  • Amy Hurst, Sedgemoor District Council – Serious and Organised Crime including County Lines
  • Any Lloyd, Somerset County Council – One Teams
  • Simon Billington, Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) – Rough Sleepers Project

Attendees also had the chance to input into how the VCSE community can engage with the Community Safety agenda across Somerset.

A copy of the presentation slides from the event can be found here.