We're an independent group that gives the Voluntary, Community, Faith, Charity & Social Enterprise sector in Bath & North East Somerset an opportunity to influence local strategic decision making.
Making An Impact - save the date - 22nd January
3SG are pleased to announced a public event that we are organising on the morning of 22nd January 2018. Held in central Bath the theme will be 'Making An Impact' which could mean reaching new audiences, getting your message heard and influencing policy. The following speakers are confirmed :
Sally Land, Cause Communications - How to write a great press release Simon Bankett, Exeter Co Lab - Community sector infrastructure
3SG are pleased that Councillor Gerrish will also be joining Councillor Myers to present about the budget to 3SG Organisation members on 21st November at Bath City FC. For more details on that event and to book click here.
Although the budget will not be finalised until December if 3SG members wish to influence it they will need to do so prior to the meeting on November 21st. We recommended you contact the relevant councillor to express your views asap:
Councillor Paul May - Children's services Councillor Vic Prichard - adult services Councillor Paul Myers - community issues.
BANES Council are keen to hear views on ways to save money or alternative suggestions for improving the budget.
3SG have invited Cllr Myers to take our Organisational Members through the budget for this financial year before answering questions about the implications for the third sector and discussing ways we can work together. Book your free place here. Please note that the organisation you are represent must be an Organisational Member of 3SG to attend this meeting.
• Highlight the value and significance of the local third sector through the publication of robust, evidence based information • Help in funding negotiations • Inform policy • Identify gaps on provision • Influence national policy
The survey can be found here and should be completed by senior member of your organisation such as the chair, chief officer or manager.
August 2017 - FREE cycle stands for community groups and small businesses
Cycling charity Life Cycle UK is offering community groups and small businesses in BANES the chance to apply for FREE cycle stands, thanks to funding from BANES Council. BANES-based organisations can apply for up to 2 FREE Sheffield stands each – enough to provide secure parking for 4 bikes.
Bath YMCA have recently launched a new project called Nightstop. This aims to prevent youth homelessness through community hosting. They recruit, train and supervise volunteers (who they call ‘hosts’) who have spare rooms in their homes. Hosts welcome young people (aged between 16-25) in to their homes, for one night at a time - this gets reviewed daily - whilst the staff team work with the young person to explore longer-term housing options.
Nightstop only started taking referrals in April 2017, but they've already had numerous referrals from partner organisations and self-referrals from young people themselves. They're currently getting between 1-3 referrals per week, so it’s clear there is a need in B&NES for this type of emergency service. You can find out more about them here