Somerset Community Foundation hosts Annual Celebration
Supporters, friends, trustees and charity organisations from across the county attended Somerset Community Foundation’s (SCF) Annual Celebration last night, which was held at Monks Yard in Ilminster.
Following drinks and canapes, Justin Sargent, CEO at SCF, welcomed everyone to the celebration and introduced Liz Tozer, from Monks Yard, who spoke about the journey the orgainisation had been on and their plans for the future.
Jane Barrie, Chairman at SCF, then took to the lectern where she spoke about the past year and the Foundation's achievements over that time, citing the finiancial highlights of the past year.
Five groups that received funding from SCF in 2017/18 showcased their services to the community on the night with informative displays: Chard Watch; CHARIS; Elim Connect Centre; Take Art; and West Somerset Advice. A representative from each group spoke for a few minutes about their work and how SCF has supported their organisation.
Justin Sargent then spoke about the latest funds that SCF have recently launched, including the Wessex Water Community Fund, Tampon Tax Community Fund, Burnham and Weston Energy Sunshine Fund and the Discovery Fund, and about new and ongoing developments - including Surviving Winter, The Somerset Fund, the Philanthropy Network and the recruitment of a brand new post starting at SCF in the new year: Development Director.
Keynote speaker Denis Burn, High Sheriff of Somerset, delivered his inspiring talk: 'Getting Involved: A reflection on my involvement with youth charities’, where he spoke in depth about his work over the years with charities.
Justin closed the speeches by thanking everyone for coming and encouraged them to visit the display stands and enjoy the canapes.