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VCSE Survey: Reflect, Recover, Renew
7th Sep 2021


Working together to create a Roadmap to Recovery for the Somerset VCSE

We’re excited to be working in partnership with public, community and voluntary sector organisations throughout Somerset on an important new research project. Together, we want to look back at what has happened during the past 18 months, and more importantly, focus on what we need to do as a sector to reflect, recover and renew.

This project will help us to identify the strengths of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Somerset and understand what it needs to thrive in the future.  We want to bring together a diverse range voluntary and community organisations from across the county to develop a shared vision for recovery, and highlight how our sector has stepped up and continued to deliver vital support during this challenging time. 

There are three main organisations working together on this project: Somerset County Council, Somerset Community Foundation and Spark Somerset. It is being led by a researcher and will be supported by a number of Somerset organisations, including Community Council for Somerset, Diversity Voice, Frome Town Council, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership and Somerset Association of Local Councils

We need your help too! Initially, we are inviting VCSE organisations, large and small, from across Somerset to take part in our online survey. It will only take around 10 minutes to complete and your answers will provide valuable insight into the voluntary and community sector in Somerset, how it has adapted and survived during the pandemic and crucially, what it needs to develop and grow. 

You can take part in the survey here. Please submit your response by Friday 1st October.

We will also be hosting a series of online focus groups and events in the coming weeks to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts and explore the emerging findings in more depth. Find out more on our Forums Page.