We hold regular free forums for voluntary and community groups.

Our forums give groups and organisations the opportunity to network, influence and learn.

Our next free forum is for Mendip voluntary and community groups.

We'll be joined by Andrew Ridgewell, Programmes Manager at Somerset Community Foundation. SCF distributes over £500,000 of grants every year, they are keen to support small organisations directly tackling disadvantage in Somerset and have a variety of funds available. Andrew will give us an overview of the funding that is currently available and share some tips on how to make a successful application.

Revd Jim Wilkison from the Connect Centre will also be joining us, to talk about their current community projects, which aim to support positive change in people who are challenged by complex and multiple needs such as homelessness, addiction, mental health or other life-controlling issues. Connect work with key organisations across Mendip to enable fast and effective access to a wide range of services, and their skilled and dedicated team provide short and long-term, person-centred support to create real life difference in those they support.

We will also be joined by Arnold Wills to talk about the local Dementia Action Alliance.

It's being held at on Monday 9th July, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at the Elim Connect Centre, Wells. Book your free space here.


‘They are well run and organised. Asking for ideas from the groups who use your services, like mine, makes the talks very useful and relevant. The time-controlled networking has been exceptionally useful for me.’