Reflect, Recover, Renew sector survey

September 17, 2021

Working together to create a Roadmap to Recovery for the Somerset VCSE sector

We’re excited to be working in partnership with public, community and voluntary sector organisations throughout Somerset to support an important new research project. Together, we want to reflect on what has happened during the past 18 months and more importantly, focus on what we need to do as a sector to reflect, recover and renew.

The aim of this project is to identify the strengths of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Somerset and understand what it needs to thrive in the future. We want to bring together a diverse range of voluntary and community organisations from across the county to develop a shared vision for recovery and highlight how our sector has adapted and continued to deliver vital support during this challenging time.

The project is being delivered by Spark Somerset, Somerset Community Foundation and Somerset County Council. It is being led by a researcher and will be supported by a number of organisations including Community Council for Somerset, Diversity Voice, Frome Town Council, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership and Somerset Association of Local Councils.

We need your help too! Initially, we are inviting VCSE organisations, large and small, from across Somerset to take part in our online survey. It will only take around 10 minutes to complete and your answers will provide valuable insight into the voluntary and community sector in Somerset, how it has adapted and survived during the pandemic, and crucially, what it needs to develop and grow.

You can take part in the survey here.

In addition, Spark Somerset will be hosting a series of online focus groups and events in the coming weeks to give you the opportunity to share your thoughts, ideas and opinions. Dates are TBC, so keep an eye on their website where the details will be shared as soon as they become available.

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