Connecting and convening with forums and lunches
On March 6, 2019 the latest Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum took place at Taunton Library, bringing together over 40 leaders from charities and the public sector to discuss new intiaitives and opportunities to work together to tackle pressing needs.
Trudi Grant, the Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council introduced a discussion about the importance of neighbourhood-level initiatives in addressing health priorities, and it is becoming clearer that the future of health and social care will recongise the tangible value vibrant communities can play in reducing social and health inequalities in the future. There was also a presentation about the Safer Communities strategy, also led by Somerset County Council, an area – again – where local VCSE organisations have a key role to play, and Kev O’Donnell shared his experiences of helping to set up the Promiseworks charity.
In addition to this, on March 12, 2019, in partnership with The Good Lunch is organised in partnership with Lloyds Bank Foundation, Pete Hawkins (Hawkins Charity Consultancy), PKF Francis Clark and Foot Anstey, the latest Good Lunch, for charity CEOs and leaders, was held at Bridgwater YMCA. Over 20 leaders of larger local charities came together, exploring opportunities to work collaboratively and support each other as we drive our organisations forward.