Free forums for anyone who is supporting our communities, whether that's through an established organisation, or a COVID-19 response group.

Join us to catch up on what’s happening locally, share learning, and start to think about what's next for our communities.

Covid Confident in the Community

We'll talk about what support is available from Spark Somerset and how you can keep your volunteers safe, and hear from groups who made the transition to open last year and can share their experiences.

Takes place on Wednesday 5th May, 11am to 12:30pm

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Covid Confident - Dealing With Anxiety

The end of lockdown will be a challenging period for many people. If you are a leader of a community group, come along to this free forum to explore how you can support members who may be feeling worried or anxious. We'll be joined by Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Kay Morgan, who will talk about how to recognise the signs of anxiety and share some simple actions we can take to help.

Takes place on Thursday 20th May, 10:30am to 12pm.

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Covid Confident - Get Your Group Going

Are you involved in running a community group that is now looking to restart face-to-face meetings? This forum will cover when and how groups can meet again and include guidance on funding and other relevant topics. This forum will  particularly useful for Active Living, Men's Shed, and Carers Group leaders as well as Volunteer Coordinators.

Takes place Thursday 27th May, 2pm to 3:30pm.

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Community Food Forums

Are you involved with a local food bank or community fridge? Would you like to know how to set one up, or find out what support is available? Then come along to our regular Community Food Forums. They're an opportunity celebrate the valuable work taking place across Somerset, share ideas and information and discuss common interests. We meet via Zoom on the last Wednesday of the month.

Takes place on Wednesday 26th May. 

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Volunteer Coordinator Forums

Free forums for anybody who manages or coordinates volunteers in Somerset, offering a chance to network, share ideas, discuss best practice in volunteer management and more!

Takes place on Wednesday 16th June, with further meetings on Thursday 23rd September and Thursday 9th December. 

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More forums coming soon, check back regularly for the details!