Opportunity to help Somerset Community Foundation invest in your local communities

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an individual to volunteer on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel – and applications from people with knowledge of communities west of Hinkley Point are particularly welcome.

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Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to announce that their 2023/24 Surviving Winter appeal has raised an incredible, record-breaking £185,000 so far, thanks to the generosity of local donors.

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Just over a month after launching their Surviving Winter appeal, local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has raised over £125,000 thanks to the generosity of local people. Today, around 10,000 older people in Somerset are living in fuel poverty – almost double the number last year. That means they face the stark choice between heating and eating this winter. (more…)

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By Emily Berridge, Insights and Research Manager

It gives me great pleasure to begin working with Somerset Community Foundation as their first ever Research and Insights Manager. Honestly, I feel a little like I’ve arrived; I’ve been wanting to use my research skills to move into the charity sector for a long time. From my very first Sociology lesson in year 10 at Frome College and my very first research project about people’s views on the death penalty, doing research, reading about how to do research, and arguing about the best ways to do research (yes, really!) continues to excite me 20 years later. (more…)

This year Summerfield Developments marked 200 years in business by choosing two new Taunton-based charity partners: The Albemarle Centre, Taunton and North Taunton Partnership. The local charities will both receive three years of flexible funding to support their vital community work through Summerfield’s Force for Good Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF).

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Interim Spaces, a charity that transforms otherwise empty commercial properties into cultural venues and workspaces, has recently secured £264,000 in funding to renovate 10 Market Place, a previously vacant historic building located in the heart of Shepton Mallet. The funding includes a £120,000 award from Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Social Enterprise Fund programme.

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Local charity Somerset Community Foundation has launched their annual Surviving Winter appeal to raise vital funds for low income pensioners this winter. An estimated 10,000 pensioners in Somerset are living in fuel poverty – almost double the figure from just a year ago.

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Somerset Community Foundation, in partnership with Somerset Council and NHS Somerset, recently awarded over £150,000 in grants to 44 local community groups in the latest round of Cost-of-Living grants this summer. The grants will help groups across the county cope with rising energy bills and offer more support to people in Somerset who are struggling to make ends meet. (more…)

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By Matt Chittock, Communications Executive

This year I’ve been working with Somerset Community Foundation’s indefatigable Marketing Manager Sue Wheeler to help capture stories and share the positive impact that the groups we fund make every day.

It’s been eye-opening in many ways. For the last few months I’ve been deeply moved by hearing how proud but struggling older people benefited from our Surviving Winter grants. And I’ve also marvelled at the dizzying diversity of the work we fuel, from supporting disadvantaged young people through education to helping people with head injuries live independently.

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Bridgwater Baptist Church is using a £220,000 grant from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), to power their community-focused ‘Energise’ project. (more…)

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By Justin Sargent, Chief Executive

Last week, Laura BlakeFiona Foster and I had the very great privilege of attending Summerfield Developments 200th Anniversary, and I was invited to say a few words about our relationship with them.

It made me reflect more deeply than I have before about how important they have been to Somerset Community Foundation, and I realised we wouldn’t be the organisation we are today without their support from the very start. (more…)

Local community groups in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge are benefitting from over £55,000 in grants from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), for outdoor events this summer. (more…)

Major food distributor and wholesaler Hunt’s Food Group, based in Sherborne with several sites across Somerset, is partnering with Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Dorset Community Foundation to launch the Hunt’s Food Group Community Fund. The new charitable giving fund will build on the company’s longstanding commitment to supporting local communities and charities and is guided by three strategic themes to help meet local need: relieving poverty and disadvantage; improving mental health and wellbeing; and investing in the next generation.

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The village of Wembdon, near Bridgwater, has recently received a boost of almost £40,000 from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund to improve facilities for young people in the village. (more…)

 

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By Justin Sargent, Chief Executive

If you’re involved in running any charity, it is vitally important to have a clear vision of what you want the world to look like in the future. Keeping yourself and your organisation aligned to that vision is one of the most important thing leaders do, but how often do we really take time out to check-in on that aspirational future? (more…)

Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are now available from The Commissioner’s Crime Prevention Fund. This fund aims to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour through community projects and activities across the region.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) set up the fund in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and Quartet Community Foundation (QCF), who facilitate the application process and help communities become safer. (more…)

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has awarded a £1.25 million grant, their largest to date, to the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival, to support the charity’s efforts to create a modern ‘home of Carnival’ in Bridgwater. The funding has been made available through the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, funded by EDF. (more…)

The Old Mill Fund – the home of financial experts Old Mill’s charitable giving – has reached the impressive milestone of awarding £50,000 in grants to grassroots good causes across Somerset, Devon and Wiltshire since the Fund was first launched just over three years ago.

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By Justin Sargent, Chief Executive

One of the best things about living in the Mendips is the ancient woodlands. There is a tangible and irresistible force of nature at work: plants and trees of all shapes and sizes living side by side symbiotically. If a gap emerges, it does not take long for new plants to fill the space left behind, and as the seasons and climate changes, so do the woods, adapting to new conditions around.

It feels to me that this is a pretty good analogy for what the local voluntary sector is about.

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Last month, the achievements of 15 newly qualified youth workers were celebrated at a special certificate presentation event at Dillington House, Somerset.

The event, which was hosted by the Somerset Youth Work Alliance (SYWA), brought together over 50 guests including youth workers, young people, councillors and commissioners, to celebrate and champion youth provision in the county. The training was made possible thanks in part to £25,000 of grant funding (money that does not need to be paid back) from Somerset Community Foundation which was awarded as a result of a joint application made by the SYWA and Spark Somerset.

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Stacked Wonky, a not-for-profit contemporary dance company based in Porlock, is delighted to have received a second grant from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation. The team has now received a total of £15,000 from the fund since May 2022.

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Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is pleased to announce that their 2022/23 Surviving Winter appeal has raised an incredible £150,000 so far, thanks to the generosity of local donors – which pushes total donations to over £1,000,000 since Surviving Winter was first launched in 2010.

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By Kirsty Campbell, Programmes Manager

Every December we award grants from our Festive Fund towards the cost of activities that help isolated people to feel a bit more connected around the Christmas period – it’s one of our favourite things.

This year, some of the team at Somerset Community Foundation offered to help a bit more by volunteering their time at one of the funded festive events. I asked the Crispin Hall Trust in Street if they would be willing to have me as a volunteer at their community Christmas lunch and was delighted when they agreed! (more…)

Hundreds of young people in education and older people in residential care across Somerset West and Taunton and Sedgemoor have taken part in inclusion and equity workshops delivered by the charity State of Trust. The workshops were funded by a grant for almost £50,000 from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). (more…)

The Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel has made a provisional award of £1.25 million to the Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival charity, as part of the first phase of their ‘Home of Carnival Project’. The award is contingent on confirmation of a further £3 million of match funding as part of the Bridgwater Town Deal, which is expected to be awarded in March 2023. (more…)

As the temperatures plummeted this week, Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is pleased to announce that, following the launch last month [November 2022], the 2022/23 Surviving Winter appeal has already raised a phenomenal £100,000 – thanks to the incredible generosity of local donors. (more…)

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has raised an incredible £500,000 for vital local charities supporting communities affected by the cost-of-living crisis. (more…)

Staff from Mulberry and Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) received a very warm welcome when they visited the sites of two Somerset community groups to have benefitted from grant funding recently. (more…)

Neglected gardens in the Bridgwater area are being given a fresh lease of life thanks to new social enterprise Social Circles CIC, with the help of a grant for just over £4,000 from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF).

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Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has launched this year’s Surviving Winter appeal, which encourages people who can afford it to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help vulnerable older people in Somerset who are unable to afford to heat their homes to stay warm and well.

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Michael Samuel MBE, a committed philanthropist and businessman who has supported charities through his family foundations for several decades, has become Somerset Community Foundation’s new Chair of trustees, following the retirement of Jane Barrie OBE DL at their AGM earlier this month (6th October, 2022).

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The Somerset Cost-of-Living Crisis Appeal, run by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), has raised over £100,000 since its launch just over a month ago [correct as at 05/10/2022].

The appeal is raising money to fund local charities and community organisations supporting those in most urgent need during the cost-of-living crisis. Donations have come from local individuals, charitable trusts and businesses, including £50,000 from Somerset County Council.

The charity is now offering grants to local charities with the funds raised to date and has launched the Warm Somerset Spaces Fund. Charities and community groups across the county offering ‘warm spaces’ to people experiencing fuel poverty this winter are invited to apply for a grant of up to £1,000. Grants will help fund dozens of community spaces to stay open longer over the winter months, helping to keep vulnerable people warm, safe and well. Funding will be awarded weekly to help charities respond rapidly to the cost-of-living crisis.

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Local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is celebrating its 20th anniversary and also marking an incredible milestone, having awarded £20 million of funding to thousands of Somerset’s local charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises since 2002.

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Discovery, the organisation supporting autistic adults and people with learning disabilities in Somerset, has reopened applications for its Community Fund. Grants are available for a wide range of projects intended to help make community spaces and services more accessible for autistic adults and people with learning disabilities.

Applications through Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), who are administering the fund, are welcomed for grants ranging from £500 to £10,000.

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On behalf of everyone at Somerset Community Foundation, we were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We offer our sympathy, thoughts and best wishes to members of the Royal Family.

The Queen has, through her lifetime, shown selfless devotion, duty and service to communities throughout the UK and far beyond, including patronage of over 600 charities.

She led by example throughout her long reign and the legacy she leaves will continue to be an inspiration to us and will be reflected in the work and commitment of our local voluntary organisations.

Jane Barrie OBE, Chair & Justin Sargent OBE, Chief Executive

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has launched their Somerset Cost-of-Living Crisis Appeal with an urgent call for donations which will help fund local charities helping local people living in poverty through the cost-of-living crisis.

With inflation at a 40-year high and energy bills rocketing, thousands of Somerset households are facing incredibly tough times ahead. The Somerset Cost-of-Living Fund, which will open for applications from local charities soon, will provide rapid support to local charities and community organisations across the county of Somerset, many of whom are already experiencing record numbers of people seeking help.

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