The B&NES Third Sector Group (3SG) and B&NES Council invite you to the second 'Changing Together' event which is taking place at St Michaels Without Church, Bath on the afternoon of March 15th. Book your place here.
Following our successful launch event in November 2017 (at Bath City FC), we encourage you to attend this follow up workshop which will focus on themed conversations between the Council and 3SG members. These conversations will focus on solutions to the challenges we face as third sector organisations and those faced by the people we represent. This is a brand new dialogue to explore innovative ways that we can meet increasing need against the backdrop of cuts to local authority funding. We will be generating ideas which we will then be encouraging people to develop into Expressions of Interest for the 'Changing Together' funding which the Council are making available to pilot new approaches.
3SG members and the B&NES Community Engagement team will facilitate small group discussions on a number of themes and details of these will be shared prior the event.
3SG held a free event for the local third sector on the morning of 22nd January 2018. Held at Combe Grove Manor Hotel in Bath the theme was 'Making An Impact' and covered topics like how to reach new audiences, getting your message heard and influencing policy. Our thanks go to the following speakers:
Sally Land, Cause Communications - How to write a great press release
Simon Bankett, Exeter Co Lab - Community sector infrastructure
The venue for this event was kindly provided by The Elmhurst Foundation who create a range of high quality apprenticeships for students living locally. The Elmhurst Foundation purchased Combe Grove Manor in March 2017 and their long-term vision is to transform Combe Grove into a centre for work-based learning excellence, creating a range of high quality, enhanced apprenticeships for local people.
By supporting the Elmhurst Foundation, guests, friends and volunteers will provide the infrastructure and so in turn, the financial means to ensure that the provision of Elmhurst Foundation apprenticeships is perpetual.
The 3SG was pleased to see over 40 people attend our first Annual Meeting at Bath City FC. Stephen Dale from Dorothy House has been elected Chair and he will be supported by Vice Chair Roanne Wootten from Julian House. Names of the other people elected to the Core Group can be found here.
One of the actions we have already started following the meeting is mapping all the local networks our members sit on and you can see the list we have so far here.
The minutes from the event can be found via the link below and we welcome any comments or clarifications via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'd like to say a big thank you to outgoing Core Group members Mike Plows and Dom Chambers for their help with setting 3SG up over the last 12 months. Thanks also to Rosie Phillips who is stepping down as Chair but will continue on the Core Group. Chris Head is no longer on the Core Group but will continue to attend the closed meetings as a representative of the West of England Civil Society Partnership alongside Sarah Shatwell from The Health & Wellbeing Board.
Our first free networking event for the local third sector in BANES took place on 19th May 2017 and featured a panel discussion with Tim Warren, Chris Head, Joe Scammell from Virgin Care and Sarah Shatwell. More details from this event can be found here