Somerset County Council
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Stronger Communities

 

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.

Volunteering
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 page. 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.

Community Funding Sources
There are various funding sources available to community groups in Somerset. More information

Local Choices
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 

Volunteering
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 page. 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.

Community Funding Sources
There are various funding sources available to community groups in Somerset. 
More information. 

Contacts

Stronger Communities

Customers and Communities (Post point 6 B3E)
Somerset County Council
B3 East
County Hall
Taunton
TA1 4DY

Email:
communities@somerset.gov.uk

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