3SG is a thriving, independent membership network supporting the charity, social enterprise, faith and voluntary sector operating in Bath and North East Somerset. The aim of our Bath based charity is to raise the profile of our members, provide 1-1 support and give them a chance to influence local strategic decision making.
We run and promote relevant charity events, training and disseminate information and job opportunities. We work closely with the Council and volunteer services in Banes and in December 2018 we became a registered charity and a founding member of the West Of England Civil Society Partnership.
3SG have 10 Trustees who represent the views of the local 3rd sector and sit on strategic local boards and networks. Our paid Director James Carlin manages the 3SG network, supports members, organises events and manages relationships with local partners. You can read more about James below and contact him here.
In 2020 we will be launching an exciting new project called Compassionate Community which you can read more about here.
What Support Do We Offer Charities & Social Enterprises?
In June 2019 we spoke to Sarah Oughton from SWAN Transport to find out more about the work of this small charity in Radstock. Read the full interview here
Challenges Facing The Local 3rd Sector
We surveyed our members in 2018 and asked them for the top 5 challenges they are currently facing. The results below highlight some of the challenges 3rd sector organisations in Bath and North East Somerset are currently facing and will be treated as priorities for 3SG in the years ahead:
1. Sourcing sufficient volunteers with right skills
2. Coping with increasing demand on services
3. Finding long term sustainable funding
4. Managing change
5. Finding time to develop partnerships
Does Bath have a Council for Voluntary Service (CVS)?
A Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) is a type of charity in England defined as "the place at which local voluntary and community organisations speak to each other". They offer a wide variety of services and support for local organisations, for example training, or advice on funding.
Until 2012 the CVS in B&NES was provided through a service level agreement with CVS North Wiltshire. This was followed by the Connecting Capacity project which ended in 2015. 3SG was formed by a group of local charities in 2016 and in 2018 became a member of the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) which brings CVS together nationally.