CCS Thatch Newsletter Spring Issue

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SOMERSET GOOD NEIGHBOURS SCHEME LAUNCHED! Popping round to borrow a cup of sugar can often be the extent of our relationship with our closest neighbours and it is this disconnect that CCS is hoping to tackle as it launches the Somerset Good Neighbours Scheme.

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The coming months are packed with training events, activities and opportunities to engage with our team.

It is also that time of year for our membership renewals for the full details of how to renew for 2019 - 2020, see page (4).

See our Community Buildings Training Calendar for 2019 so you and your Committee and plan ahead to refresh or up-skill your Trustees.

his month CCS recruited 2 NEW Agents, our first Enterprise Agent and MacMillan Agent (See Page 2 & 3 for more details).

See page 1 for more details.

We are continuing to deliver parish surveys on housing needs, neighbourhood plans and one off bespoke community based referendums. On page 11 see how our Smart Communities team helped Queen Camel secure the ownership of a former school site in their village.

High Lights Page 3 & 4


Enterprise Agent & Macmillan Agent

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Somerset Diverse CCS is recruiting! Communities Small 2 Opportunities to work Grant fund is now within our friendly team OPEN!

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Somerset Good Neighbours launched in Somerset! Popping round to borrow a cup of sugar can often be the extent of our relationship with our closest neighbours and it is this disconnect that CCS is hoping to tackle as it launches the Somerset Good Neighbours Scheme. CCS has won funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to facilitate the first village/parish-based Good Neighbour (GN) scheme in Somerset.

that they can support each other in a neighbourly way.

The scheme is intended to partner willing volunteers and helpers with anyone needing help with small one-off tasks, such as lifts to medical appointments, dog walks, or even simply sharing a cup of tea and a friendly chat. The aim is to bring people together and help build strong relationships and connections within local communities so

The pilot scheme will be in approximately 10 communities where locals have expressed an interest and want support to help get started. CCS has developed a toolkit with helpful advice and hints and tips on: • How to hold public meetings to recruit Good Neighbours • How the group is structured: constituted or informal, a simple set of policies/procedures, publicity etc. • Dos & Don’ts • Training, safeguarding, DBS checks and financial management

Is your community interested in being part of the pilot? Please contact CCS email: DELIVERED BY




with clients for some ten years in East Sussex, the move to Somerset led him to the micro-provider scheme where he became a service provider in 2018 working around the Frome area.

CCS welcomes Vince Tillman the New Enterprise Agent working across Somerset with our team of Agents. Vince will be working with Microproviders (small, independent help or care services) in the local communities across Somerset.

Vince will be offering Mircroproviders support with:

Vince, comes from a back ground of over fifteen years in the social care field. He started with a charity supporting vulnerable adults with complex needs in the community.

trained as a life coach, as well as being a Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) facilitator.

He has worked as an advocate,

After setting up circles of support

Do you have an idea that could help people where you live?

Start up surgeries One-to-one Telephone support Local peer support Local networks Signposting

Whether your idea is for home help, handyman, companionship or personal care - contact the Enterprise Agent Vince.

Could you be a community entrepreneur?

Would you like to work independently at times that suit you?

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Find out about the support on offer and Somerset’s growing market of community Micro-providers. Victoria House, Victoria Street, Taunton TA1 3JZ 01823 331222




NEW MACMILLAN AGENT JOINS CCS We are excited to welcome our first RECRUITING MACMILLAN MacMillan Agent to join our agent VOLUNTEERS! team. Do you have a little time on your hands to offer some practical Kristel Van Der Schyff is our NEW Macmillan Agent for the South support a person going through Somerset and Mendip districts. cancer. It could be mowing the lawn, whipping the hoover around or taking the dog for a walk. It Kristel has two parts to her role firstly to support all those affected doesn’t need to be regular or could by cancer; offering advice, support be as and when. The most valuable thing we can give ourselves and and problem solving to make the journey smoother for those others is time so we would be affected. forever grateful. Macmillan Cancer Support The second part of her role is to find volunteers to help patients on have a fantastic support line offering financial advice, benefits their cancer journey. and emotional support. Call 08088080000.

For more information contact or call 07798703321

NEW Burnham-on-Sea Baby Bank A new baby bank has opened in Burnhamon-sea; providing essentials for babies and young children to families who are in need of it. They are looking for donations of clothing, nappies, cots and pushchairs.

For more information visit:

We are delighted to be expanding our training programme for this year and will be running a series of days offering several courses per day and anyone involved with Community Buildings. • Tuesday 9th July – Spaxton Village

Hall • 10.00 – 12.00pm: Meetings and AGMs – How to run them successfully and efficiently • 12.30 – 2.30pm: Safeguarding and what Trustees need to know and do • 3.00 – 5.00pm: Working with Parish Councils • Mid-September – (date and location to be confirmed) • Parish Council as Sole Trustee • Marketing and Publicity – How to make a difference • Making Changes to Governing Documents • 24th October – Long Sutton • Village Hall CCS AGM and training event (topics to be confirmed). • Early December (date and location to be confirmed) For further details on the topics and to book your space please visit: or contact

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Attendees have said: Chelmondiston “ Well delivered

and well organised”

Oulton Broad “ Excellent course, well presented”

Glemsford “ Well structured


Attendees have said: West Monkton Parish Council “

Really useful training course, providing clarity on the similarities and differences between village halls, playing fields and Parish Councils”

Attendees have said: Winsham Parish Council“ Very

Informative & Worthwhile Thank you”

Attendees have said: Williton War Memorial Rec Ground“

Good content knowing your responsibilites of running and owning a Village Hall ”


WE ARE RECRUITING! NEW Quality & Performance Manager CCS is recruiting a newly-created post for a Quality and Performance Manager assisting the senior management team in embedding a “quality by design” approach. Applicants will usually work from the Taunton office and must have excellent organisational, analytical and planning skills. • • • • •

Hours – 35 hours per week (Full time) to be worked Monday – Friday (occasional out of hours work may be required.) Salary – £30,600 per annum Contract – Initial 18 month fixed term contract ( extension subject to funding) Annual Leave – 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays Location – Taunton Office


Transport Agent To promote activity and deliver support within the specified area to improve the social mobility outcomes for young people in order to deliver the West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA) plan. • Location – Home based, ideally living in area applied for Hot-desking at various locations within area • Hours – 35 hours per week to be worked over 5 days. Some evening and weekend work may be required • Salary – £22,440 per annum • Contract Length Until end of August 2020 initially • Leave 25 days per year pro-rata plus Bank Holidays

MEMBERSHIP NEWS Parish Council support now delivered by Smart Communities Limited part of CCS. -


he Community Council for Somerset is planning to restructure its membership and, as part of this, will not be charging a fee to Parish Councils for 2019/20. If you would like support or advice on Community or Neighbourhood Planning, how to ensure local housing meets local need, funding advice or bidwriting, or any other community engagement, consultation or feasibility activity, please contact us on 01823 331222 and we will be happy to discuss ways in which our Smart Communities Team can help.

Smart Communities is part of CCS and the trading name of our bespoke consultancy service. See our new web page here: with a full listing of our services.

If you currently pay your membership fee by standing order, please can you make arrangements with your bank to cancel it with your bank. If it has already been paid, we will arrange reimbursement, if you send me details of a bank account (account name, sort code and account number only) or where to send a cheque.



It is that time of year to remind all our current members your membership will expire on the 31st March 2019. To renew for the 2019 - 2020 year please click here or contact

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hourly rate. If you are based in Taunton Deane or Sedgemoor, members will receive 1 additional hour of free support. Membership runs from April 2019 - March 2020. *Members discounts may not be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Ask our members: Watchfield Village Hall CCS has been a great support to our Village Hall. It was such a relief to have someone to talk to ; it puts your mind at ease as a volunteer that they are there. We have full confidence that we will achieve our goals with their support and our hall will remain at the heart of our community.

As members, you will receive expert advice and support. Best wishes for the year ahead

The CCS Team


OVER £5K granted to Somerset’s Culture and Diversity Groups!

Somerset Diverse Communities and the fund celebrate and share diversity in the county; bringing people together, developing skills and building long term relationships and networks whilst working collaboratively with BME communities in In the 18 months Somerset Diverse Communities Small Somerset. Grants Fund, has distributed Michal Puzynski, Community Engagement Worker for £5921.54 a total of 22 grants Somerset Diverse Communities across Somerset, seeing communities benefit from said: “The accessible and funding specifically to support welcoming nature of the small black and minority ethnic (BME) grants scheme has allowed many community groups in Somerset. groups who would not usually apply for funding to access 95% of successful applications support. It has been a catalyst for have been directly from BME communities/community groups further conversations about the with 70% of those from informal long term aims and stability of community groups, so it is worth the groups and helped facilitate access to additional services putting in an application if you and other communities in a now need support with your group growing network locally and or idea even if you’re a small Countywide. It has also enabled informal group! some wonderful activities and events to take place for both the The Small Grants Scheme has a very simple application process, BME communities and wider community!” and can be used by community groups for a wide range of Feedback for a cultural proposals, including activities education session run by and equipment. Grants are for Multicultural Frome: a maximum of £500 and the “Your passion and enthusiasm funding has been provided by Somerset Equalities Officer for the theme shone through and I know our children enjoyed Group. it. We loved the fact that you asked about pupils’ heritage.

They and I learnt a good deal

about each other and I believe this fostered some respect and understanding…..A huge thank you again for brightening and enriching our day!” For updates and information, please check our webpage www. Or find us on Facebook/ Somerset DiverseCommunities

Somerset Diverse Communities Fund Small Grant Scheme is open for applications A maximum of £500 is available to ANY community groups, charities, organisations and agencies which support or directly work with BME communities in Taunton Deane, Mendip, Sedgemoor and West Somerset can apply. You do not need to be a formal or registered group to apply for funding.

For full details on who can apply to visit:



Saturday 14th September Castle School, Taunton A day of international food, dance, music, arts, kids activities, talks and information

Full details to come!


Sign up for Community Business Weekend There are nearly 8,000 community businesses in England but few people know what they are, or how they are improving life for many communities across the country. So, in 2016 Power to Change launched Community Business Weekend to shine a light on them. Last year saw over 17,000 visit 225 community businesses to learn all about the impact they are having, and how to get involved. Now in its fourth year, Community Business Weekend will run from Thursday 16th May to Sunday 19th May, with people across the country encouraged to visit a community business near them and find out what they do.

This year’s theme is #CommunityBusinessMatters. We’re asking people involved in community businesses and local people to share why #CommunityBusinessMatters to them and their local area. All community businesses who host events will receive free marketing support and bunting. Sign up and find out how you can get involved on support who-we-are/latest-news/post/170-sign-upfor-community-business-weekenda?utm_ source=smartmail&utm_medium=email&utm_ campaign=March+2019


Community Ownership for Old School Queen Camel Community Land Trust (CLT) has recently taken ownership of a former school site in their village, thanks to a successful bid for funding from the ‘Power to Change’ fund. The CLT are now beginning to clear the site and make it ready for their planned employment hub and community health& wellbeing centre. When a new school was built in the village, it left the much loved Countess Gytha Primary school building vacant. The Victorian school building and the later additions was put up for sale by Somerset County Council. The CLT had only a few months to raise the £250,000 needed to purchase the site. The group approached CCS and their Smart Communities team helped them to write a bid to the Lottery ‘Awards for All’ fund. When this was successful, Smart Communities helped them to undertake a community consultation to understand how local people might use and be involved in this new venture. Using the information that the survey gave them, they were successful in receiving the money that enabled them to buy the building in May 2019.

Rosemary Heath-Coleman, Chairman of the Trust, said: “This is an exciting new community business enterprise close to the A303 and at the gateway to South Somerset. It will offer space at reasonable rents and support for businesses especially start-up or businesses wanting to expand from working from home.” This is an amazing achievement by the CLT and a very exciting time for everyone involved. CCS are pleased to have supported this new venture.


100+ Community Groups & Charities from across Somerset Meet the Village, Carers & Community Agents Spotlight on Carers Week Local professionals including: GP’s, Social Workers, Carers Champions, Parish Councillors, Health & Wellbeing workers & many more! Find out what’s on in your Community  Find the solution you need  Create better Neighbourhoods together  Help make positive change with others

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Somerset Community Foundation is managing the Hinkley Point C Community Fund to support communities to mitigate the impacts of the Hinkley Point C development. Almost £2 million has been awarded to communities over the last 18 months. Groups are able to apply to the HPC Community Fund Small Grants Programme for projects of up to £5,000 or, in exceptional circumstances £10,000 over three years. The HPC Community Fund Open Grants Programme funds projects of over £5,000. If you would like to discuss your ideas in person, we run funding drop-in sessions every 4-6 weeks or we are always at the end of the phone. The next deadlines for applications to the Small Grants programme are on 28th June. Drop-in grant days will be taking place 22nd May at Moorland Hall in Highbridge, TA93FU more details can be found here: Somerset Community Foundation, HPC Community Fund and Sedgemoor District Council, are jointly hosting an event to support groups and organisations to raise awareness of the HPC Community fund and to look in particular at the evidence requirements that groups will need to provide. Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019 Time: 10am start, finishing at 1pm with a light lunch Location: Canalside, Marsh Lane, Bridgwater, TA6 6LQ Interested in attending, please register a place, open the link below. For further information, please visit or speak to a member of the HPC Community Fund Grants Team on 01749 344949.

17 THE SCREWFIX FOUNDATION Grants up to £5,000 for registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the United Kingdom to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities for those in need across the UK. Applications may be made at any time South West based The Screwfix Foundation provides grants for environmentally friendly projects for the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas of the UK or for those in need. Projects can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability. Local and national organisations may apply. Applicants must: • Be helping those in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, distress or other disadvantage in the UK; and • Be looking for funding to support projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings.

• Local and national charitable organisations may apply at any time. Applications are considered in February, May, August, and November annually. Further information, together with an application form, is available on the Screwfix Foundation website. Contact details for the Foundation are: Matthew Smith The Screwfix Foundation Trade House Mead Avenue Houndstone Business Park Yeovil BA22 8RT Tel: 01935 414100 Email:

Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation Grants 2019 The Bishop Fox’s Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for the young people in Taunton Deane, Somerset, through the provision of grants to individuals and organisations supporting young people. The Foundation’s aim is to promote the education (including social and physical training) of young people between the ages of 11-24 years.

2019 Grant Deadline Dates

• Monday 10th June • Monday 2nd September • Monday 11th November Any applications received after the deadline date will be considered at the subsequent meeting.


The government is making £163 million available across England up to 2021 through the Community Housing Fund. Community-based groups which expects to need grant funding (or other forms of financial support) to take forward a local house building project over the next few years, are requested to contact Homes England by Friday 31 May to notify the organisation of their community-led housing scheme so that the appropriate advice and support can be provided. The Fund aims to support an increase in housing supply in England by increasing the number of additional homes delivered by the communityled housing sector; to provide housing that is affordable at local income levels and remains so in perpetuity; and to deliver a lasting legacy for the community-led housing sector in the form of an effective and financially self-sustaining body of expertise within the house building industry in England. Funding outside London is being allocated by Homes England across 2 phases – A separate programme for London will be delivered by the Greater London Authority. This is in addition to £60 million funding that has already been allocated directly by government to 148 councils. Under Phase One of the Fund, Homes England is making available grants to eligible organisations to support: o Applications for revenue funding for capacity building and predevelopment costs, including revenue grants to local authorities to support community groups; and o Capital bids for associated infrastructure costs which will support community housing development.

Under Phase Two of the Fund Homes England is making available grants to eligible organisations to help cover the capital costs of acquiring land and building community-led housing schemes. Further information is available on the GOV.UK website. community-housing-fund

Our Smart Communities team has worked with Ilminster, Old Cleeve, Withypool and Dulverton and its surrounding parishes to deliver housing needs surveys. The fund can potentially cover costs right up to the initial planning application. If you wish to discuss your project with our Smart Communities team please email: or call 01823 331222

STAY IN THE GAME GRANTS - Football Foundation scheme offering grants up to £750 to men’s football clubs to help retain adult male teams in England. Application deadline: 5pm on Thursday 6 June 2019. The Football Foundation’s Stay in the Game (formerly known as “Retain the Game”) grants programme will provide small grants to support adult male teams within grassroots community football clubs in England. The programme is designed to cover the costs of pitch hire, training venues and affiliation fees. The funding will support clubs’ adult male teams in the following categories: 1. Under-18, Under-19s, Under-21s, Under-23s; 2. Open Age; and 3. Veterans. Priority will be given to: • Clubs with three or more adult male teams; • Clubs that have been in existence for five to nine seasons; • Clubs that have been in existence for ten or more seasons; and • Clubs that operate in leagues employing Full Time (the Football Foundation website doesn’t explain what full-time requirement

this priority refers to. It may mean staff, administrators or perhaps even a reference to the end of a game. Contact the Football Foundation for clarification). Only one application can be submitted per club. The application deadline is 5pm on Thursday 6 June 2019. Further information, together with details of the application process, which should be made via the Foundation’s online application portal, is available on the Football Foundation website.

Contact details for the Football Foundation are: The Football Foundation Whittington House 19-30 Alfred Place London WC1E 7EA Tel: 0345 345 4555 Email:

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CARERS WEEK JUNE 10TH - 14TH Calling all Carers! If you don’t already attend one of the lovely Somerset Carers Groups in your area please come along and meet our friendly team of Agents and have a slice of cake on us. For all carers groups visit: whats-on-in-your-area/ Get to know your local carers network!

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