Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Groups - Information and support


Coronavirus Update

For the very latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), including updated traveller advice please follow this link.   If you need help or assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact the Compassionate Communities Hub helpline on 0300 247 0050.  Watch the video about the hub here.  You can also download a review of the CCH and community activity report here.

Please also download some resources from this page for use in local village and community halls, educational establishments and businesses.

If you have any further questions, please refer to the PHE’s Q&A blog which is being updated regularly.


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.

Funding opportunities


  • 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.


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.


  • Training and learning for individuals, volunteers and organisations - To find out more about what courses, workshops and training is available, sign up to the monthly Interagency Bulletins, by emailing sara_dixon@bathnes.gov.uk. 


  • Get Help with Volunteering - The Volunteer Service 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 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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