Resources for VCSE's in Bath & North East Somerset
Bath Churches Together - peer to peer support network for churches in Bath Befriender Network Meeting - an opportunity for information sharing between similar charities working in the field of befriending
Common Assessment Framework Quality Assurance Panel - CAF is a way of identifying needs at the earliest stage for children and young people in B&NES. It involves listening to children/young people (and their parents/carers) to find out what their needs may be and what is working well.
Disabled Children Strategy Group - identifies 8 key areas for developing services for disabled children; these are integrated into the priorities of the Children & Young People’s Plan.
The Domestic Abuse Partnership - part of the Bath & North East Somerset’s Community Safety and Drugs Partnership
Early Help Allocation Board & Panel - looks at ways toprovide effective support to children and young people as soon as needs start to be identified, and to bring about change to prevent these from escalating and leading to poor outcomes.
Local Safeguarding Adults Board - ensures that all agencies work together to minimise the risk of abuse or neglect to adults and to safeguard effectively where abuse or neglect has or may have occurred.
Trustee Network - provide support for Trustees to meet, to learn and to discuss issues affecting the sector.
Universal Credit Forum
Volunteer Network BANES - a collaboration of organisations that aspire to support each other in the development of good practice through collaboration in volunteer recruitment, training and support; in the development of consistent policies and procedures, and also making it simpler to volunteer in more than one organisation and to develop or progress.
Workforce Reform & Strategy Group
Young Person Housing Group
Banes Volunteer Servicesmanage a huge range of constantly changing volunteering opportunities; matching exciting and fulfilling roles to the skills and interests of community-minded people across Bath and north east Somerset.
Charities, non-profit and community groups, and public sector organisations are all welcome to advertise their volunteer roles on their Volunteer Connect Database. They are also happy to promote opportunities through their Facebook and Twitter feeds. More information here.
Volunteering blog by Rosie Coles
In July 2018, I volunteered for 3SG as a Marketing and Research Assistant for two and a half weeks. My main responsibilities were finding possible 3SG members and reaching out to them, and ensuring 3SG’s data was accurate. The most rewarding part of my work was increasing the number of 3SG members from 132 to 145. In order to do this, I researched charities and community groups in B&NES and emailed them to invite them to join the Third Sector Group as Organisational Members.
I also had the opportunity to attend meetings throughout my volunteering, one of which, the ‘Interagency’ meeting, I was able to represent 3SG on my own. This meeting, where charities from the local area come together and update each other on their recent developments, showed me exactly how vital it is for local charities and community groups to communicate with each other and give each other advice, help and perhaps even work together on events. With government cuts and increasing demands for charities’ services, collaboration in the voluntary sector is increasingly necessary. For this reason, the work that 3SG do, bringing charities and local community groups together, is incredibly worthwhile. Throughout the meeting I was able to also ask a member of the Council to advertise 3SG’s next event on social media, which hopefully increased the number attendees. This collaboration between organisations is so important.
Furthermore, during my time volunteering at 3SG, I was surprised to see how much time is needed to be spent on data cleaning. Since the updated GDPR in May, which is certainly a necessary regulation, I can only imagine how much time charities and their employees spend trawling through their data. Whilst this work is absolutely essential, for charities who may be smaller and have a reduced workforce, adjusting to these changes must have been difficult.
At 3SG, I also had the opportunity to meet many new people working in the charity sector, and who all, without doubt, want and are working towards a better and safer future. This was inspiring to see, and only increased my own desire to work in the charity sector. I feel lucky to have been able to witness this determination and collaboration first-hand, and will without doubt take this forward to whichever company or charity I work for in the future. The sheer number and variety of charities and community groups that are available in B&NES is impressive, and it proves how important these groups are to the local community.
Overall, I really enjoyed my time working at 3SG, and would recommend any charities and community groups in B&NES to join. It is important that charities and local groups work together in order for their own voice and the voice of those who they represent are heard.
Every month Bath and North East Somerset Council publish a funding bulletin which highlights new funding opportunities available for charities, the public sector, voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and individuals in this area. The February 2018 edition can be found here
Presentations, documents and reports which are relevant to voluntary, faith or community groups, social enterprises and charities in Bath