BANES 3rd Sector Group

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About BANES 3rd Sector Group

3SG has over 180 member organisations working in the charity, community, social enterprise & voluntary sector in Bath & North East Somerset. ​We aim to raise the profile of our members & give them a chance to influence local decision making

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Homeless Services Manager

Rough sleeping has been rising nationally and locally and Julian House are central to the solution of an intolerable problem. They are advertising for a pivotal role based at their flagship homeless hostel in central Bath for someone with a passion for working with people with multiple and complex needs who can combine this with strong leadership of a staff team who are providing person centred, trauma informed support.

​Find out more here and remember you can advertise your paid jobs with 3SG and reach over 500 people already working or volunteering in the local third sector.

Local Hero

As many of you know Localgiving have been crucial to the development of 3SG, in fact without their amazing support over the last three years you probably wouldn't be reading this newsletter! To say thank you we are helping them to publicise their Local Hero 2019 campaign which kicks-off in under two months.

Local Hero gives fundraisers the chance to win up to £1,000 for your cause. This is the perfect moment to get fundraisers on-board - giving them plenty of time for any necessary pre-challenge training and to build up excitement. Find out more via Localgiving's Local Hero 2019 campaign video and get involved!

If you're not an existing member then Localgiving are currently offering BT Mydonate customers a year's free membership via this link.

How do we "Glue" together Compassionate Banes?

Last week a group of people from our area went to see Jenny Hartnoll from Health Connections Mendip to discuss in more detail what might be needed to launch a Compassionate Community in B&NES. The main takeaway from the Frome model is that we need a "glue" to bind everything that is already taking place here which could be a role that is played by 3SG.

Jenny said that the Frome programme was kick started by a £21,000 innovation grant from their CCG which would be a drop in the ocean compared to the £2 million figure others have suggested we might need to launch this in our area. 3SG are preparing a Compassionate Banes vision which we hope to share with you shortly and a dialogue has already started with B&NES Council, our members and the Health & Wellbeing Board.

We have arranged a follow up meeting at the Carer's Centre, Lower Bristol Road, Bath on 28th February which will focus on practical steps we can take to get the ball rolling in B&NES. Please join us if you are in a position to be the "glue" that makes Compassionate Banes happen within your organisation. Just email to get involved.
28 Feb 2019 at 9:30am
until 28 Feb 2019 at 11:30am

Digital Leadership Programme: 6th and 13th March 2019 - BRLSI - Bath

This two-day, free training, will support 3rd sector leaders to maximise their impact and build strong relationships with their service users and supporters. This is not about becoming a digital expert, it’s about leadership in a digital world.

The course will enable you to build strong digital foundations across your organisation so your teams and processes are fit for purpose now, and in the future. The course will be practical and enable you to make positive changes quickly. Book here to register your place on both 6th March and 13th March in Bath.
06 Mar 2019 at 9:30am
until 13 Mar 2019 at 4:30pm


3SG have some exciting funding opportunities on our website at the moment.

As well as a great chance for registered charities to be one of Bath RAG's "Big 4" charities in 2019 there is a new funding offer from the West of England AHSN.

We are also pleased to let our CIC members know that St John's Foundation are now able to accept applications to their Development Fund from Community Interest Companies. They are able to offer one-off grants of up to £20,000 to support with start-up or expansion costs. More details here

3SG Charity Jobs Advertising

We have 3 live job adverts on our website at the moment so please have a look. All 3SG members can advertise paid positions for just £15 which includes promotion via Twitter. Offering this paid service helps 3SG to become a more sustainable charity, keeps money in the sector and will hopefully help you reach the right candidates across B&NES.

This week has seen a 15% increase in web traffic to our site which means people are seeing the ad's so we'd be grateful if you could pass this link onto whoever is responsible for paid recruitment in your organisation:

3SG do not have the capacity to post unpaid roles (trustees, volunteers, etc.) so we recommend you contact Mike Plows at the Community Volunteer Services team to advertise for volunteer roles.

Improving Mental Health across BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire

Posted on behalf of BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups
BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are working with partners across Health, Social Care and Education with the aim of improving the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our local communities. A key part in setting up and taking this work forward is an all day event on 12th December involving individuals and representatives of organisations with a strong interest in this area.

The CCG's want to hear your views on what should be their shared priorities and understand how we can most effectively work together to deliver this aim.

To attend this event please confirm your attendance by sending an email to and mention that you heard about this via 3SG.
12 Dec 2018 at 9:15am
until 12 Dec 2018 at 4:30pm

Bathscape Job Opportunity

The team at Bathscape currently have an exciting part time paid job vacancy they are advertising through 3SG. They are looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to help them find, motivate & support hundreds of volunteers over the next 5 years: Find out more on the 3SG Job pages here:

Bath Charity Brunch 25th January 2019

3SG invite you to our Bath Charity Brunch on Friday 25th January. Alongside speakers from TechforgoodBath, Bath Women's Fund, Bath Business Improvement District and Shake & Speare we are pleased to announce that Wera Hobhouse MP will be speaking about the value of Bath charities to the local community.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to secure your free place (and brunch!). Despite the name of the event you are obviously more than welcome to attend if you're involved with a CIC, unregistered charity or community group!

We hope to run similar events with local partners in Keynsham, Radstock and the Chew Valley in 2019 so please get in touch if you'd like to work with us.
25 Jan 2019 at 9:30am
until 25 Jan 2019 at 12:00pm

Compassionate Communities

Many thanks to the 50 people who attended our Compassionate Communities launch at Odd Down Sports Ground last week. It feels like a lot of the infrastructure is already in place in B&NES but as a sector we will need to prioritise the development of our partnership working over the coming months.

3SG have already started a discussion group on Loomio where you can share your ideas and thoughts on setting up a Compassionate Community in B&NES: