Spark Somerset Webinars

We're adapting our services so that we can continue to support our communities virtually, starting with our first ever series of short, informative webinars. We’ll be going live every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Managing your charity or organisation in a remote enviroment

This webinar will explore how you can best support staff and volunteers to work remotely whilst maintaining their wellbeing and productivity levels, and what technology can be used to achieve this. In partnership with Cosmic.
Thursday 11th June, 10am, £10 per person, Book here.

Improving your charity's reach and marketing

This webinar will explore ways to engage with your members, service users and funders online. We'll look at how to enhance your organisation's visibility on Google, e-newsletters and social media best-practice, online fundraising options and more! In partnership with Cosmic.
Thursday 18th June, 10am, £10 per person, book here.

Previous Webinars

In at the deep end - exploring how best to coordinate a Covid -19 response in your community

Whether you're coordinating a large-scale operation, a small group of residents on your street, or anything in between, this webinar will includes lots of useful information to support you in your role. We explored some of the main issues that communities have encountered, and some of the solutions and work-arounds that people have found. It incudes useful topics such as safeguarding, handling money, preventing infection, ID checks, working with volunteers, feeling overwhelmed, and lots more! Watch here.

Alternatives to working with cash

Join our Voluntary Sector Adviser, Sharon, for an overview of the key issues around handling cash, and some alternative options including fiscal hosting and the Post Office Payout Scheme. We also explored what other local groups are doing. Watch here.

Supporting and organising your volunteers

Join our Volunteering Team to look at key ways to support and retain volunteers, including how to keep them safe, on track and happy to come back for more. Watch here.

Funding support for charities and community groups

In partnership with the Somerset Chamber of Commerce. Join our Funding Adviser, Carolyn, and Somerset Community Foundation to explore funding options for groups facing current business interruption and compromised fundraising, and also for new COVID-19 activities. Watch here.

Tools to help you organise

Join Spark's resident Digital Champion, Susi, for a brief overview of the free digital and online tools you can use to organise your group. Looking at allocating tasks, coordinating people and organising rotas, and communication tools. Watch here.

Finding the right information, support and guidance from home

Led by our Health and Wellbeing Coordinator Vicky, this webinar is aimed at anyone looking for guidance for themselves or to support others with coronavirus-related topics. We look at key health and wellbeing topics and who to contact to get the right advice and support. Watch here.

Looking after yourself part 1 - understanding mental health and building resilience

With Mind in Somerset. Alison looks at what mental health is – both good and bad, how we can maintain well being and build resilience, and how to start a conversation with somebody else about their mental health. Plus sources of help and support. Watch here.

Looking after yourself part 2 - mindfulness

Come and explore the power of mindfulness with freelance practitioner, Kay Morgan. We’ll practice a variety of techniques including mindful breathing and mindful observations, both of which can be very calming, particularly if you have symptoms of anxiety. Link coming soon!

Looking after people's data

A short overview of how to look after people's data when running community activities for vulnerable people with volunteers. We look at the basics of complying with the law, how to share information safely, and whether you should register with the Information Commissioner's Office. Watch here.

How can food banks best respond to the COVID-19 pandemic?

We explore how food banks, both old and new, are to adapting their services in response to COVID-19. Guest panelists from the Lord's Larder in Yeovil, Fair Frome and the Tussell Trust will provide a local and national perspective. Watch here.


Information provided in these webinars was up to date at the time of broadcast. For the latest information, click here.

An excellent webinar covering all the important topics around setting up community support and mutual aid groups in an emergency. It helped to confirm some of our practice, improve other aspects and answer questions we had been guessing at.

Webinar participant, April 2020.

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