As a charity supporting the voluntary sector, we are really well placed to know what is going on in our communities.
We’re working with groups on a daily basis, which means that we have an understanding of both the challenges and opportunities they are facing. As well as the more traditional support services, training and volunteering we provide, we are also working on other projects and initiatives, both as a team and in partnership with other organisations.
Wellbeing South Somerset
An initiative funded by Yeovil District Hospital and South Somerset Together. We're working with local communities to improve health and wellbeing in South Somerset.
Community Ambassador Network
We're developing our network of Community Ambassadors – community-minded members of the public, or representatives from community groups and services, to help us connect with a wide range of people and ensure their voices are heard.
Shape Mendip Lottery
We're proud to support the Shape Mendip Lottery. Set up to support voluntary organisations in Mendip, the Shape Mendip Lottery operates on the principle of raising money within the community, for the community.
HPC Community Fund
Supporting community groups to successfully apply to the HPC Community Fund.
Somerset Carers Service
This free service offers carers in Somerset much needed support, and signposts them to information on local groups and events. We are working with the Carers Agents to recruit and manage volunteers to support this service.
Research: Share, Celebrate, Grow
We've undertaken the first comprehensive ‘State of the Sector’ research in Somerset, in partnership with Somerset County Council, Somerset Community Foundation, Engage and CCS. Share, Celebrate, Grow is the first in-depth report on the state of the VCSE sector in Somerset.
Take Part Yarlington
We're working with Yarlington Housing Group to tackle social isolation and improve wellbeing within South Somerset communities, initially through the setting up of Community Cafes to bring the local communities together.