Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Groups - Information and support

Bath & North East Somerset Council has a wide range of thriving voluntary and community organisations-  from small local groups to national charities. The Council aims to help our VCSE organisations flourish, ensuring that local groups can get the help they need to support their local communities.  We also want to encourage groups to collaborate, working together to address issues of local need as well as influencing what goes on in Bath and North East Somerset.

About the 3SG

The B&NES 3SG creates an environment in which representatives from the voluntary, faith, community and social enterprise sector can influence local strategic decision making and share relevant events, training and information. The 3SG seeks to:

  • Consider and champion views and experiences of the local 3rd sector, ensuring that the 3SG is a key part of the public services decision making processes.
  • Act as a mechanism to raise issues and opportunities for the local 3rd sector as well as develop innovative joint responses.
  • Support the 3SG representatives on partnerships and boards as appropriate.
  • Encourage joined up communications across the sector as well as share resources and expertise.
  • Be a focal point for receiving and disseminating strategic information.
  • A platform to promote & raise awareness of the activities of volunteers & 3rd sector organisations operating in B&NES.

Funding opportunities

Directories

  • 'VCSE Directory' - There are over 500 organisations on the database. Are you signed-up yet?
  • Wellbeing Options - signposting and information for health and wellbeing organisations and events
  • Bathnes 1 Big Database - local family information, childcare, activities, advice and support
  • Rainbow Resource - information on services for children, young people and their families including education, health and social care providers and voluntary organisations.

Useful resources and toolkits

          Community and Village Halls

          • The West of England Rural network provide support and advice on Village Halls and also co-ordinate the hallmark scheme – a benchmark of good practice.  They also run a network meeting across B&NES, contact Dick Whittington email: dick@wern.org.uk, or tel: 01275 333701

          • ACRE have produced a series of good practice / information sheets specifically for managing village halls. 

          Get Involved and get connected

          • Find out what’s going on - To find out more about what's going on, sign up to our Interagency Bulletin and Network meetings, by emailing sara_dixon@bathnes.gov.uk.  You can also sign up to Council Twitter feed and get in Council e bulletin mailing list.
          • Connect Up and have influence - Get involved with our Connecting Communities programme. The Council works with local partners provide opportunities for people to get together to address issues that affect their local area. In Keynsham, the Chew Valley, Bathavon and the Somer Valley there are Connecting Communities Forums.  In Bath, there is a Bath City Forum and the Bath City Conference has been held annually since 2012 and provides a popular showcase for the work of local groups.
          • Networks - There are also specialist networks you can get involved with, including Healthwatch, the Children and Young Peoples Network and Thrive which is aimed at the cultural sector in Bath and North East Somerset.
          • Get involved- through the Interests Me community website.

          Training

          Volunteering

          • Get Help with Volunteering - The Volunteer Centre Bath & North East Somerset provides a vital service in promoting volunteering opportunities and identifying suitable candidates for local charities and community organisations.  The NCVO provides a range of useful guidance notes and toolkits including managing and recruiting volunteers.  The NCVO is a membership organisation.  It is free to voluntary and community groups with a turnover of less than £30k. 
          • Celebrate Success - Each year the Chairman's Community Awards recognise the valuable efforts of volunteers across Bath and North East Somerset Council.  The Awards open in June each year.  Don't forgot to nominate someone you know deserving of an award.

          Research and statistics

          • Get Info and data - Check out our dedicated website providing information and data about Bath & North East Somerset.

          The hyperlinks to third party websites are provided for the convenience of users only.  Bath & North East Somerset Council does not endorse the views or information held within such websites, the websites themselves, or the owners and operators of the websites, and is unable to grant permission to use material found on such sites. Bath & North East Somerset Council also reserves the right to remove hyperlinks or content as it deems appropriate and at any time.

            

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