The Somerset Village Agent Project were one of the five finalists for the Prince of Wales Award, which was presented at the Bath and West Show on Wednesday 27th May, 2015. This is in recognition of the Village Agents work across the county and during / after the Somerset flooding last year.
CCS is delighted to announce that it has been awarded £499,933 of funding from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to contribute towards its Somerset Village Agent Project until March 2018. This not only allows for the current work to continue but also to extend the Somerset Village Agents’ roles to just over half of Somerset.
To read the full press release click here
CCS’s Energy Project’s officer, Louise Evans has just been revealed as one of the successful winners of the ‘Heat Heroes 2015’ award from National Energy Action in associate with Scottish Power.
Please see the next Flood Newsletter now available.
Our Somerset Warmer Families project officer has been visiting schools and children’s centres around Somerset giving energy-saving advice this winter. 2 lucky children from Stogumber and Combe St Nicholas Church of England schools are the winners of slow cookers and cookbooks for their families after taking part in an ‘energy detective’ challenge to save energy at home.
For advice and information on ways to reduce fuel bills, visit the project’s webpage:
Helping to make your Community Building sustainable 21st May, 2015,
venue: Trull Village Memorial Hall, TA3 7JZ.
The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation Charity celebrated nearly 25 years of grant giving to young people, who either live or are being educated in the Borough of Taunton Deane, with a showcase event held in the Taunton Conference Centre at the Somerset College last week on the 26th March, 2015.
The showcase highlighted some of the talented young people and clubs giving testimonies and performances of what they have achieved since receiving funding. Enjoyed by all the showcase event was attended by over 80 guests.
For more details about the foundations grant scheme visit:www.somersetrcc.org.uk/bfef
A new community guide is available on managing your water environment.
This guide has been produced with support from Defra and the
Catchment Based Approach.
Our natural water systems have been affected and changed by
human activity and infrastructure, such as the building of houses and
roads. However, if we begin to understand how water impacts on our local community we are better able to take targeted action
to reduce risks from drought and flooding protect important environmental aspects, such as rivers, lakes, ponds and streams.
Back by popular demand the next issue of the Somerset Flood Newsletter, issue No.11 is now available!
Somerset Village Agent, Yvonne Bulman, has been instrumental in helping to set up a a community Car scheme in Stogursey. Yvonnne has been singing the praises of Somerset County Council’s step by step toolkit, to find out more: http://somersetnewsroom.com/2015/…/24/rev-up-your-community/
Do you need support with planning for your communities’ future? CCS is holding 2 free community planning workshops in March.
‘Get up to Speed’ is a support programme designed to help businesses and communities across Devon and Somerset improve their ICT skills and knowledge. See all the events happening across Somerset and book your FREE space.
It’s a new year. And you really can make it a new beginning by saving some money.
Which is where one of our partners, LSI Utility Brokers, comes in. (call 0800 019 95 95)
Here at the CCS, we’ve partnered with LSI to help Somerset businesses save money on one of their largest expenditures, GAS AND ELECTRICITY PRICES and benefit from the lowest commercial energy prices in years. Established for over 20 years, LSI is one of the UK’s leading energy consultancy specialists, working with businesses from large commercial organisations to smaller community organisations.
Call: 0800 019 95 95 / 01727 877 039.
Success for Community Council for Somerset
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) is thrilled to have successfully maintained the highest quality standard level 3 from its umbrella body ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). The quality assessment programme is endorsed by The Charity Commission the quality system is a challenging benchmark for comprehensive, robust and objective assessments of how charities are run.
Defra (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) has confirmed that it will maintain its investment of £2.3m in the ACRE Network for 2015/16.
CCS acting chief executive Keeley Rudd said: “This is good news for CCS and we would like to thank everyone who showed their support for CCS and all the rural community councils across the country.”
LOVE Digital is a series of free workshops and events focused on women business owners. Our LOVE Digital events across Devon and Somerset are for women seeking to develop or grow their business and for female entrepreneurs looking to get their ideas off the ground.
The LOVE Digital Workshop series will cover E-Marketing, Selling Online, The Cloud and the latest Gadgets available in a bite size two hour session, and will include a networking lunch.
Public Health England (PHE) is to conduct the first ever long term study into the impact of flooding on health and wellbeing. As part of the national study, PHE will be in contact with flood affected residents across the country.