NEW CCS Job Opportunities


Energy Projects Officer

Fixed term contract, immediate start.  October 14 – July 15. Up to 17.5 hours p/wk. CCS seeks a dynamic, friendly self-starter with interest, knowledge and experience of energy-saving schemes and rural fuel poverty. £22,443 p.a. (pro-rata)

Community Involvement Officer

Initial 12 month contract. 21-28 hours p/wk. Opportunity to provide advice and support to Somerset’s community groups/organisations. Experience of working with community groups, volunteers and a knowledge of Community Development work is essential. Essential Attributes: communicate / present clearly, be highly motivated, work independently or team member. Friendly, approachable and enthusiastic. £24,892 p.a (pro-rata)

Closing Dates:  12 noon Thursday 18th September

NB: Car essential – travel throughout Somerset

Village Agent Vacancy

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VILLAGE AGENT West Somerset 

8 hours per week – salary £17, 980 pa pro rata (plus travel expenses)
Approximately £9.87 per hour

The Community Council for Somerset is looking to reappoint a Village Agent to support the selected parish ‘clusters’ of :

• Oare
• Porlock
• Selworthy
• Luccombe
• Minehead Without

12.00pm – Friday 19 September
Interviews will take place on 25 September 2014

Somerset Community Foundation Grant Deadline

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Somerset Community Foundation is keen to hear from grassroots voluntary organisations who are looking for small grants to carry out projects within their communities.  The Foundation is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups supporting vulnerable, isolated and lonely older people and their carers.

The next deadline for receipt of applications is 1st September.     Please go to for full details and information on how to apply.

NEW Somerset Warmer Families Project

CCS has been successful in obtaining a grant from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust to work with families in Somerset to fight fuel poverty and cold homes. CCS will now work with partners to plan a range of activities to highlight the problems faced by communities across the county and look at innovative ways of tackling these problems. 

Flood Newsletters

Katherine Armstrong CE CCS

Have you attended the New Flood Support Information meetings?

We have created a web page that now features the newsletters responding to residents questions. If you have missed out or think you may find the information useful please

Download the newsletters on the right-hand side of the web page

Please share this information with anyone you think it may benefit.

Village SOS Survey


ACRE would like to find out your views to help them design the new Village SOS programme of support for community enterprises in rural areas across the UK.

Your answers to the survey will be treated in the strictest of confidence and you will not be identified. The survey should not take any more than 10 minutes to complete and by taking part you are helping ACRE to ensure
that they deliver a great service to rural areas across the country.

To complete the survey, please click here.

The closing date is July 31, 2014.

NEW Flood Support & Information Meetings


A series of NEW Flood Support and Information Meetings will take place, continuing work previously held at Canalside.

The new meetings will be held at the North Petherton Bowling Club, starting from Wednesday 9th July, 2014 from 6pm until 8pm and continuing every other Wednesday going forward.  Agencies that will be attending the events will include Somerset Village Agents, the Environment Agency, Somerset County Council, District Councils and other agencies on request.

Please spread the word and print the poster or leaflet to inform your local community of the meetings.

Download Poster

Download Event Dates

Download Leaflet



New Community Buildings Training Events this September

Community Buildings

This September CCS will be holding three Community Buildings Training events across Somerset.

The events are being held in Oake, Batcombe and Othery covering three topics

1. Annual Returns 
2. How to run an AGM 
3. How to create social media accounts

Members and Non-members are invited to attend.


WISH Volunteering


Do you have time to spare? Do you want to help local people stay warm and well in their own homes, while helping the environment? If so please read on…..

Would you like to help us attend events and deliver presentations to raise awareness of our work in your community? This can have a positive impact on the way people think about their energy use. Individuals looking for one-to-one support often hear about our projects through events in their local community.

Open for Business

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The new Moorland & Fordgate Community Hub is open for business.

Now open and available to the residents the Moorland & Fordgate Community Hub is a space to find information, chat, have some time out, meet organisations, ask questions, meet with neighbours and have a cuppa.

Support for Somerset’s flooded communities

Three of our Village Agents, supported by their Manager, Sarah Aston are working to support flooded communities. Their support ranges from help to complete flood grant application forms including those for businesses who have been affected, signposting to other support agencies dealing with very specific issues such as animal welfare and simply being a friendly and supportive “shoulder”.

More help for victims of flooding

A three-pronged bid to help flood-hit home-owners and communities has been unveiled by Somerset County Council.