We are keen to explore further opportunities for communities to become more empowered through community self-help, volunteering and local solutions
Engagement with the voluntary and community sector
Further to establishing our Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Forum, in April 2015, to help improve communications and dialogue across sectors we supported the creation of a new web portal.
We are proud to support volunteering and we value the contribution people make by volunteering across our services, as well as for local organisations and communities. More information about volunteering opportunities at Somerset County Council is available on our Volunteering website. The website also includes contact details for each of the volunteer centres in your areas to assist you in also finding out about volunteering opportunities in your community.
The Somerset Fund
The Somerset Fund has been created to offer a simpler and more effective way for businesses to give locally. Find out more
Community Funding Sources
There are various funding sources available to community groups in Somerset. More information.
More information about local initiatives and useful resources, including Car Scheme Toolkit, Youth and Community Handbook are available here.
Social Value and Corporate Responsibility
Our Social Value Policy outlines how we will embed social value in the way we commission our activities to benefit residents, communities, businesses and visitors across the county. Find out more about how we advertise contract opportunities through the Supplying the South West website. We also have a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement.
Community Asset Transfer
The Policy for Community Asset Transfer sets out the criteria, principles and process for when the Council considers the transfer of land, buildings or assets into the ownership or management of a Voluntary and/or Community Sector (VCS) organisation or social enterprise.
More information about the policy and about how to express an interest in SCC assets.
Community Right to Challenge
This allows a variety of relevant bodies the right to submit an expression of interest in taking over and running a local authority service. Further details on the right to challenge are available from Community Right to Challenge