We hold regular free forums for voluntary and community groups.

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

Upcoming Forums:

Mendip Voluntary Sector Forum: Snowdrops, Sustainability and Universal Credit Support
Friday 16th February, 10:30am to 12:30pm at Paul Street Community Centre, Shepton Mallet

We will be joined by Stewart Crocker, a member of the Sustainable Wells Leadership Team, who's aim is to promote practical solutions to accelerate the pace of change towards a sustainable future. Stewart will tell us about their plans to create a network of like-minded organisations, which could become a cohesive movement for change.

We'll also be joined by Lucy Martin, Partnership Manager at the Somerset Department for Work and Pensions, who will tell us about Universal Credit and the support available for more vulnerable customers.

The forum will take place during the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival, an initiative of the Shepton Mallet Horticultural Society that celebrates the life of James Allen. Chrisi Kennedy, Treasurer and Fund Raiser, will tell us about the history of James Allen and the philosophy and ambitions of the Festival Committee. The forum will conclude with a walk to the Market Square, during which Chrisi will point out places of interest, you'll then be free to explore the festival.

Register here.

South Somerset Voluntary Sector Forum; GDPR, Event Management and Community Wellbeing

Thursday 8th March, 6pm to 8pm at Crewkerne Heritage Centre

You know, we know, everyone knows… the EU's General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect in May! We've invited Zoe Rodgers, Data Protection Officer at South Somerset District Council, to come and discuss the new regulations, and give us some advice and guidance on how to meet them.

We'll also be joined by Becky Trout from Crewkerne Relay For Life, and Lucy Singleton from Creative Crewkerne, the organisition behind Crewkerne's annual pom pom yarn-bormbing event. We'll hear about their latest projects and how to get involved, and discuss the rewards and challenges that come along with arranging community events.

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