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.

 

 

Notes from the VCSE Strategic Forum, Wednesday 9th October 2019

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 is on the Government’s Brexit Portal. This includes a checker tool of 7 simple questions to help organisations get ready for Brexit. Patrick also highlighted a DCMS webinar especially for charities, in partnership with NCVO.

GDPR after Brexit was also discussed, along with the EU Settlement scheme. More information about the scheme can be found here.

Nicola Dawson, Service Manager – Somerset County Council Brexit Team

Nicola discussed SCC’s response to the Government’s No Deal Readiness report. A link to the report can be found here.

A Corporate Risk Assessment has been produced with short, medium and longer term work streams. Each Somerset District Council have identified a Senior Manager to act as Brexit lead. These leads are looking at a ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’. Nicola asked the Forum how best they can work together to reach hard to reach groups with relevant information.

A question and discussion time followed, during which Forum members discussed the impacts of Brexit on their communities and their organisations – both practical and emotional.

VCSE organisations can contact Nicola at brexitteam@somerset.gov.uk.

Katherine Nolan CEO and Vicky Sullivan Health and Wellbeing Coordinator – Spark Somerset.

Katherine and Vicky launched the research element of the 2019/20 State of The Sector report. The previous State of the Sector report (2016) can be found here.

Following Katherine and Vicky’s presentation the Forum broke into small groups to discuss the value of the previous State of the Sector report and explore key findings. There will be a survey sent to VCSE organisations in Somerset in the next few weeks. If you wish to contact Spark directly about the next report, please email Vicky at vicky.sullivan@sparksomerset.org.uk.

Jackie Sopwith, CEO – Somerset Sight

Jackie provided an overview of the organisation which is currently celebrating its 100th year. More information about Somerset Sight can be found here.

Keeley Hawes, CEO – Community Council for Somerset

Keeley discussed the role of the 57 Village and Community Agents working with CCS.

Bite Size presentations

Emily Taylor, Engagement Lead Officer – Somerset CCG
Fit for Purpose – New Plan for Engagement for Somerset CCG

https://www.fitformyfuture.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/ffmf_case-for-change_report-a4_oct18.pdf

Scott MacMillan – The Volunteer Network
The Voluntary Sectors’ response to home schooling

http://www.somersetyouth.org.uk

The next full Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum will be held on Wednesday 25th March 2020.