CCS November 2016 Newsletter
CCS December 2016 Newsletter
CCS November 2016 Newsletter
CCS December 2016 Newsletter
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10.30 am to 2.30 pm
CCS are running a giveaway for #LoveSomerset goodies
To enter via Facebook go here: https://www.facebook.com/Ruralsomerset/
Or email email@example.com with you name and address.
Winner will be selected on Monday 15th May!
Following a recent competitive tendering process, Somerset County Council has confirmed that they have awarded the new contract for Carers Support Services to the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) with effect from 1st October 2017.
Key findings are:
18 Hours per week.
£24,174 p.a. pro rata.
An exciting new job opportunity, initially funded for 8 months, with a possibility of extending subject to funding being obtained.
The role will identify, map and build relationships with BME communities and groups in Somerset and where appropriate, identify opportunities for communities and groups to come together.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 7th May
Interviews: 11th May at CCS offices in Taunton
CCS has two Village Agent vacancies – one for West Somerset (Cluster 1) and one covering our Cluster 10 area
Both roles are 35 hours per week
£18,340 (plus travel expenses)
Barbara Wells, our Energy Officer will be available between 10am and 4pm at the George Inn in Wedmore on Saturday 18th March.
She will be helping the Wedmore Green Group team who are offering energy switching and other energy advice. All welcome no appointment necessary.
Here’s your chance to nominate your ‘Somerset Star’ and get involved in events planned to coincide with this year’s National Volunteers’ Week.
As part of the celebrations, we want you to nominate your shining stars and say ‘thanks’ to the volunteers who make a massive contribution to our local communities.
CCS has entered into a partnership agreement with Affinity, a subsidiary of Anglia Farmers Ltd, the largest agricultural purchasing co-operative in the UK. Affinity uses the buying power of its parent company to offer consistently low prices whilst providing a highly professional and efficient service.
Click here for full details of the new scheme – including the added bonus of being able to set up a monthly prepayment plan for your oil!
A new website has been developed by CCS and Assist as part of their Somerset Village Agent project. The website is a Portal to help individuals seek advice, guidance and support for a range of issues, from fuel poverty to asking for support on a community project, such as finding funding for transport to isolated rural areas.
A partnership of five Somerset organisations has secured a Big Lottery Fund grant to help Somerset’s most socially excluded communities return to employment, education and training.
The new programme, called ‘Positive People’, will help over 1,000 individuals who are out of work to build their skills, confidence and motivation. This will include people with disabilities, mental health issues, ex-offenders, homeless people and people over 50.
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) and Pluss will begin to deliver the £4 million programme in early 2017 for the next three years. For full press release click here.
Somerset Village Agents have compiled Event Listings for activities and events going on across Somerset over the festive period.
Click here to find out what’s happening in your area! There is something for everyone, and please let your Village Agent know if you would struggle to attend an event and they will do there best to help.
Nether Stowey Community is delighted to announce the launch of the Stowey Shuttle Scheme on Monday the 3rd October.
The Exmoor Rural Housing Network is launching a new project that aims to work to try to meet the housing needs of local people living on Exmoor.
Join the Somerset Community Oil Scheme last year we saved our member over £200,000!
Take a look at our year’s achievements in our Annual Review 2015 – 2016
The Annual Community Building Training /Networking event, AGM and FREE CIL Workshop.
This year we are celebrating 90 years of supporting communities across Somerset. What do you love about Somerset and share it on social media with the #LoveSomerset
Our New Community Involvement Officer for Mendip and South Somerset.
The new membership scheme has local health and wellbeing offers and discounts for you. This is an opportunity for you to support a local charity that works across your communities whilst receiving member benefits too.
It is the time of the year to renew your membership with CCS!
The ‘Rescue the Roxy’ Crowdfunding campaign which ended late on Thursday, March 17th met its ambitious target, raising over £5000 to keep one of the UKs smallest cinema’s open.
The CCS Village Agents have been handing out winter blankets to residents after they secured a £500 Keeping Warm fund from Public Health England. This allowed them to purchase 50 thick blankets to donate to those who need them most.
CCS village agents live and work in their local area, making them well placed to support needy individuals and improve the quality of life for isolated people living in rural areas.
Audrey Mansfield, the village agent who made the successful application, said: “The feedback has been really great and I know that all recipients were extremely grateful for the thought as well as the actual item.”
The aim of The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation (BFEF) is to promote the education of young people through a grant scheme
A festive opening for a new Day Centre called ‘Dulverton and Brushford Pastimes Club’ was held at Hanover Court Dulverton last Friday 11th December, for both residents of Hanover and for local residents to attend.
Congratulations to Sue Walker of Burrowbridge Coronation Hall for winning the Trustee of the Year 2015.
CCS have 3 further Digital Village Training Events in 2016, Edington, Dunster and Wanstrow.
Caroline Harding Somerset Village Agent bridged the gap between two local groups on Exmoor to solve a small problem – Cutcombe pre-school had a number of toy dollies missing their clothes.
Huge Congratulations from CCS to Kingsbury Community Project on their Big Lottery Fund award of £773,128!
The funding will be used to build a new community hall that will provide a permanent home for the successful community shop and small cafe.
The NEW FREE online portal provides comprehensive coverage of all available funding opportunities; European, national and regional schemes, local initiatives and is kept fully up-to-date. Access to the huge database of funding opportunities is available 24 hours a day, all you need to do is register and you can instantly start searching.
Steve Ballinger the Community Agent for Burnham on Sea attended the Emergency Services Community Awareness and Promotion Event on Sunday. Steve and Nicola Dawson promoted the Community Resilience in Somerset Project(CRISP) and had a great response.
The aim is to build strong, interactive and therefore resilient communities, prepared to deal with any emergency, through developing and using local resources and trained volunteers. CRISP is committed to ensuring that plans and procedures are in place to prevent, control or reduce the effects of major incidents, whatever the cause.
Steve pictured talking to Cllr Michael Clarke, the Mayor of Burnham on Sea and Highbridge, and Cllr Maria Clarke, the Mayoress.
CCS Community Building Members are invited to nominate a trustee from their committee for the Trustee of the Year Award 2015.
To give recognition to:
CCS is delighted to announce 7 new additions to the Somerset Village Agent team, following its successful funding award from the from The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The new team members will work across 74 new parishes enabling the project to cover just over 56% of the county.
Louise Evans, our former energy projects officer won the ‘Heat Hero Award’ whilst working on the Somerset Warmer Families Project. The project aimed to reduce energy bills for families with young children in fuel poverty households across Somerset.
The Heat Hero awards were presented on the 30th June last week, in London.
Mentors needed – support students at Court Field School or Taunton Academy to fulfil their potential through monthly mentoring meetings.
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.
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: