The future is bright for Somerset Village Agents!

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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 Louise Evans scoops national Energy Award!

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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.

Are you a Somerset Star?

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This year’s National Volunteers’ Week will take place from Monday 1 until Sunday 7 June. Across the UK hundreds of events are planned to say thank you to volunteers and to recognise the important contribution they make.

We are keen to:

  • Celebrate and say thank you to the people who give up their time, energy and skills to help others.
  • Provide a better understanding of what services are available to people and organisations through voluntary groups and organisations.
  • Increase the number of volunteers and volunteering activity in Somerset by promoting and showcasing the broad range of volunteering opportunities available.

 

Please join us in celebrating and promoting volunteering in Somerset. You can help us by:

  • Displaying the attached poster in your local office.
  • Encouraging your staff and others to nominate your ‘Somerset Star’ volunteer.
  • Supporting local events taking place during National Volunteers Week.
  • Letting us know of any events you may have planned so that we can help to publicise them.
  • Providing case studies or examples of how volunteering has helped your organisation.

 

Other simple steps you can take:

  • Organise a thank you event where you can celebrate the efforts of your volunteers.
  • Encourage your employees to volunteer or become trustees.

 

To find out more about how to get involved, visit www.scvolunteering.com/ or, for all the latest volunteer opportunities in Somerset, visit https://do-it.org/

Somerset Warmer Families competition winners!

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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:
http://somersetrcc.org.uk/somerset-warmer-families/

Bishop Fox’s Showcase

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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

New community guide from ACRE

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.

Download here

CCS Community Planning Workshops

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Do you need support with planning for your communities’ future? CCS is holding 2 free community planning workshops in March.

FREE ICT skills and knowledge courses

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‘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.

Take advantage of the lowest energy prices in years!

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LSI LogoIt’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.

Request your free assessment from LSI today and see how much you could save!

 

Call: 0800 019 95 95 / 01727 877 039.

E-mail: barrie@lsiutilitybroker.co.uk

Success for CCS!

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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 confirms ACRE funding

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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.”

FREE Love Digital Events

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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.

National Study on Flooding and Health 

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Somerset residents asked to participate

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.

A fair deal for rural communities in the ACRE Network’s newly launched 2015 manifesto.

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Community Council for Somerset (CCS) is calling on the next Government to deliver a fair deal for rural communities in the ACRE Network’s newly launched 2015 manifesto.

CCS is  a member of ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) – is urging politicians to improve health, wealth and access for the millions of people who live in the countryside.

The manifesto sets out the ACRE Network’s 12 key asks in the run-up to the General Election on May 7. The pleas are based on the intelligence ACRE collects from its nationwide Network of 38 rural community councils, which reaches 52,000 grassroots organisation.

Modernise Parish Polls

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The Department for Communities and Local Government are seeing views on proposals to modernise parish polls.

Please see the below link to the consultation

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/parish-polls

The consultation closes on the  30th January 11:45

Consultation description

A parish poll allows for a ballot of local government electors in the parish to be called on any question arising at a parish meeting.

The consultation seeks the views of the public, local authorities and the parish sector on:

  • the trigger (the number or proportion of electors required to demand a poll)
  • the voting arrangements for parish polls
  • the questions on which a poll can be held
  • consequential related matters

Ways to respond

Email to :parishgovernance@communities.gsi.gov.uk

Write to:

Hannah Brook
Department for Communities and Local Government
2nd Floor NE, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Do you know where there are publicly Accessible Defibrillators in your community?

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Can you help? 

The South West Ambulance Service Trust are looking to fund publicly accessible defibrillators across Somerset. In the past defibrillators have been funded in a variety of ways and there is no single organization that knows where they all are. Their ambition to make sure all Somerset communities  have access to a defibrillator and have funding available to do this. So they need to know where defibrillators are currently located, to know where the gaps are.  Can you please help by emailing or calling CCS if you know of one local to you.

Moorland & District Village Hall celebration and re-opening

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After 9 months of recovery and building work Moorland and District Village Hall is open for business. The hall celebrated its re-opening ceremony last night on the 20th November,   lead by Alex Lovell presenter of the BBC’s Points West followed by a hog roast and drinks, funded by the Village Hall’s insurer, Aviva. With a fantastic turn out of local residents and people who have supported the reinstatement of the hall, the celebration marked the start of a more positive future for residents at the end of 2014 and into the New Year.

Success for 26 Village Halls across Somerset

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CCS proudly awarded 26 Village Halls trophies and certificates to celebrate their Village Halls achieving the Hallmark quality standards at the end of October at Langford Budville Jubilee Hall at the CCS Annual Training Event & AGM.

 

Somerset Levels and Moors – 20 Year Flood Action Plan

South Somerset District Council is hosting a public meeting for residents and business owners to provide reassurance and information on flooding as the winter approaches.

  • Date: Monday 24th November 2014
  • Time: 7-9pm (arrivals from 6.30)
  • Venue: Huish Episcopi Academy – 6th Form Auditorium, Wincanton Road, Langport TA10 9SS

For seating and refreshment purposes please let us know you plan to attend: email communities@southsomerset.gov.uk

Flooding events

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Keep up to date with events to support communities and individuals – also you can review all the Flood Newsletters from issue 1 – 9.

New Community Buildings Training Events this September

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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

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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.