Our free forums are open to charities, community organisations and volunteers in Somerset

Join us to network, discuss hot topics, catch up on local community news and share ideas and information. Here's what's coming up:

Level 1 Safeguarding Awareness: Adults

Learn about current legislation around safeguarding adults, how to recognise signs of abuse and neglect, how to report a concern, and where to find further information and advice.

This training session takes place on Thursday 20 June, 9:30am - 10:30am, via Teams.

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Developing a Simple Legacy Action Plan

An in-depth look into how you can develop a legacy action plan for your group or organisation, led by Richard Radcliffe from Radcliffe Consulting.

This training session takes place on Tuesday 25 June, 11am-1pm, via Teams.

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Children and Young People's Mental Health Network meeting

Join the Somerset Mental Health Network to explore the future of mental health services for children and young people, and collaborate with other groups and organisations supporting the mental wellbeing in young people in Somerset.

Takes place on Wednesday 10 July, 9:30-11am, via Teams

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The Mental Capacity Act

Join Dameon Caddy, Mental Capacity & Deprivation of Liberty Strategic Lead for NHS Somerset to take a closer the look at the legislation and its key principles.

This training session takes place on Wednesday 10 July, 2pm - 3pm, via Teams.

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Free Networking Forums for VCFSE Organisations

Come and join us at one of our Networking Forums for the chance to meet other voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) groups, discuss hot topics, catch up on what’s happening within your community, and share ideas, information and good news.

Forums are taking place on:

Wednesday 10 July, 4:30-6:30pm, at Create@#8 in Shepton Mallet
Thursday 18 July, 10:30am-2pm, at the Village Hall in Tintinhull

For more information, and to reserve your place at your preferred date, please click here.

Debt and Money Management Workshop

Join Kim Watts from Citizens Advice Somerset and Janet Gillett from Taunton Area Debt Advice at this workshop for VCFSE organisations. You will learn key budgeting principals, how to have conversations about money, and where to signpost those in crisis. Facilitated by the Somerset Mental Health Network.

Takes place on Wednesday 17 July, 9:30am - 11:30am, via Teams.

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Twilight Nature Wellbeing Sessions

The Somerset Mental Health Network have teamed up with Neroche Woodlanders to offer free evening wellbeing sessions for staff and volunteers of VCFSE organisations in Somerset who offer mental health support.

Sessions take place at Young Wood near Taunton on:
Thursday 18 July, 4-6pm
Thursday 1 August, 4-6pm

To find out more and book your place at your preferred date, please click here.

Suicide Awareness Training

A one-hour, bite-sized training session for anyone who wants to understand more about suicide, and learn how to offer practical support to those who may have thoughts of suicide.

This traing session takes place on Thursday 25 July, 10-11am, via Teams.

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Skills Bootcamp – Leadership & Management

A subsidised training course for individuals not seeking an accredited qualification, who are new or existing managers wishing to develop or refresh their skills.

Training begins on Thursday 5 September.

Find out more and register your interest

Introduction to Youth Work

A training course delivered by Turtle CYP (formerly South Gloucestershire Playscheme), aimed at new youth workers and youth volunteers, or those who volunteer with children and young people and want to find out if youth work is for them.

Takes place on:
Wednesday 18 & 25 September at Victoria Park Community Centre, Bridgwater
Saturday 16 & 23 November at Ridgeway Hall, Langport

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More forums coming soon, check back regularly for details!