New Somerset Oil Scheme Press Release

CCS Supports Baltonsborough Zip Wire Funding  Appeal

Big Lottery: Building better Opportunities Funding Win for CCS & Partners

Village Agents Tackling Loneliness


The Roxy is Rescued

Every Man needs his Shed – the Wedmore buy champix online cheap Men’S Shed group

Somerset Village Agents are warming up the county

New Day Centre opens just in time for Christmas

Somerset Village Agents Finalists for Princes Trust Awards 2015

Bishop Fox’s School celebrates a year of funding 



Interesting and rewarding Job Opportunities 14 Vacancies


Village Agents

  • 1 position – Taunton Deane rural areas – 1 x 28 hours per week

3 positions working in partnership with GP surgeries

  • Bridgwater Bay GP Federation 1 x 30 hours per week
  • CLICK GP Federation 1 x 35 hours per week
  • CLICK GP Federation 1 x 28 hours per week

Carers Agent

  • 1 position – Supporting unpaid Carers in the Mendip East area1 x 24 hours per week

Community Agents

8 positions county-wide – 21 or 28 hour posts available

  • 1 x 21 hours post in West Somerset
  • 1 x 21 hour post in Sedgemoor
  • 1 x 21 hour post in Taunton Deane
  • 1 x 28 hour post in Taunton Deane
  • 2 x 21 hour posts in Mendip
  • 1 x 21 hour post in South Somerset
  • 1 x 28 hour post in South Somerset

Community Agent Team Leader

  • Managing Community Agent Team. 24 hours per week


Hinkley Point C Community Fund Consultation



The survey asks individuals and local community organisations – such as parish councils, village halls and local schools – what they feel would help to improve community well-being and quality of life.

The outcomes of the survey, alongside other evidence and stakeholder engagement, will help develop the priorities for the Hinkley Point C Community Fund.

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Community Buildings Annual Training,  AGM & Community Connect Showcase

9:30 – 16:00
Williams Hall
Stoke St Gregory, TA3 6EU

Win up to £25,000 and Support CCS!

CCS now benefit from the Somerset West Lottery supporting our projects in that area!

To take part and be in with a chance for a cash prize, enter here and choose CCS as the cause you support with your ticket purchases!


Thanks to everyone who has booked on & apologies to those who wanted to come – we will hopefully be running a short version at the AGM for those that missed out on this occasion.
13th July 2017
Time: 10am – 1pm
Edington Village Hall
Lippetts Way, Broadway, Bridgwater TA7 9HA
A practical workshop delivered by Robert Horn, Community Buildings Advisor, CCS.
This workshop is for anyone who is involved with a community building, from a village hall to a community centre, sports pavilion, church hall, parish room or even a scout/guide hut. It will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and a chance to share ideas, experiences and best practices.
The main topics are:
  • What it means to be on the committee: the roles and responsibilities of Trustees
  • More practical management tips – efficient meetings, booking procedures, insurance etc
  • Dealing with Conflict: recruiting and retaining the right volunteers and trustees
  • CCS Community Involvement Officer discussing Funding
  • CCS Communications Officer – Effective marketing of your hall.
Refreshments will be provided


Members: £10 for the first person and £5 per additional person
Non-Members: £15 per person
Please return form and payment in advance to confirm your space.

Happy Somerset Day!

CCS are running a giveaway for #LoveSomerset goodies

To enter via Facebook go here:

Or email with you name and address.

Winner will be selected on Monday 15th May!

Village Agents Save the State £2.4 Million!

An independent evaluation “Agents for Change” – produced by South West Forum, Clarity and the University of Gloucestershire has shown that Village Agents have generated £5.25 million in savings – £2.4 million of which are savings to the State.

Key findings are:

  1. The Somerset Village Agents programme is highly regarded by clients, public agencies and other stakeholders.
  2. The programme is generating significant cashable savings to the state and wider social value.
  3. Grant funding of £571,000 has generated a total of £5.25 million in savings and value. Our financial benefit analysis reveals a cost-to-benefit ratio of up to 900%.
  4. Indicative savings and value of £8,154 – £50,777 per annum for case study clients.
  5. Almost all clients report a positive impact on their lives.
  6. Village Agent’s support results in improved outcomes for 93% of clients with an average client outcome improvement of 25%.
  7. Health and social care is the single biggest area of support provided.

Agents for Change Full Report

Agents for Change Short Report

We are Recruiting! BME Community Engagement Worker


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

For full details click here

Energy Advice Drop In 18th March

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.

Somerset Star Nominations

Nominate your Somerset Star!

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.

Click here for further information

New Service Provider for the Somerset Oil Scheme!

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.

Click here for full Press Release




CCS to be partner in £4million Big Lottery funded “Positive People” programme

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.

Events for Everyone this Christmas!

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.

The Exmoor Rural Housing Network

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.

Our Year 2015

Take a look at our year’s achievements in our Annual Review 2015 – 2016

CCS invites you to attend

The Annual Community Building Training /Networking event, AGM  and FREE CIL Workshop.

We are celebrating our 90th!

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

CCS Welcome Matt Day

Our New Community Involvement Officer for Mendip and South Somerset.

CCS launches New Friends Membership

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.

New Community Buildings Trustee Training

  • Do you understand your role as a Trustee?
  • Do you understand the role of your representatives?
  • Are you a new Trustee and could you benefit from some training?

Congratulations to The Roxy Cinema Axbridge

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.


Somerset residents gifted thick blankets ahead of cold winter months

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.”

2016 BFEF Grant Deadlines

The aim of The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation (BFEF) is to promote the education of young people through a grant scheme

New Community Centre opens just in time for Christmas

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.


Trustee of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Sue Walker of Burrowbridge Coronation Hall for winning the Trustee of the Year 2015.

Community spirit is very much alive on Exmoor

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.

CCS Launches a NEW FREE Funding Portal

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.

First event for Burnham on Sea Community Agent

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.

Trustee of the Year 2015

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:

  • a long-serving member of a Hall management committee who has held an ocer position
    and has been very active in the work of the committee, or
  • someone who has had a major inuence on turning the fortunes of a village hall around, or
  • a person who took up the challenge of a major Hall project which otherwise may not have

7 New recruits for the Somerset Village Agent Project!

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.