B&NES 3rd Sector Group

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About B&NES 3rd Sector Group

3SG has over 150 member organisations working in the charity, community, faith, 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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Free fundraising support on offer in Bath & NE Somerset

Localgiving help local charities and community groups to connect with people, fundraise online and take control of their future. For the last two years they have been providing free 1-1 fundraising support in Bath, Bristol and Frome through their Development Manager James Carlin. James still has another 9 months supporting local charities in Bath & NE Somerset and you can access his help here:


Localgiving have played a crucial role in the development of 3SG by giving James time to work on it's development, providing 3SG with a website, supporting a successful grant application to St John's Foundation and the development of a business plan.

James will be working three days a week for Localgiving and two days a week for 3SG until June 2019.

Launch of a single health and care record in BaNES

Virgin Care are developing a new single health and care record portal for BaNES and they need the local 3rd sector's help in designing the portal by filling in their online survey (https://surveys.virgincare.co.uk/s/ICRthirdsectorsurvey/). This input will be vital in helping them to ensure that the portal works well and is as user friendly as possible.

The new portal is a secure, online website that gives service users convenient 24 hour access to personal health and care information from anywhere with an internet connection. Using a secure username and password they will be able to view health and care information which could include notes of recent doctors visits, discharge summaries, medications and care plans.

Please complete the online survey, which should only take a few minutes of your time and will help to ensure the single BaNES health and care portal meets the needs of the local third sector.


A chance for the 3rd sector in B&NES to come together

Please join us for our annual get together on 19th September at the Museum of Bath at Work. As well as free lunch and networking there is a chance to hear from a range of speakers working in the 3rd sector in B&NES. Please RSVP via Eventbrite or send an email to james@3sg.org.uk
19 Sep 2018 at 9:30am
until 19 Sep 2018 at 12:30pm

Power to Change / 3SG workshop for community businesses - 20th August

3SG & Power to Change are running a 2 hour workshop just for community businesses in Bath & NE Somerset on Monday 20th August. Running from 10 am - 12 pm this free workshop will be held at Bath Scouts HQ, Grove Street, Bath and will give you a chance to hear from Power to Change about the funding and support they have available to community businesses in B&NES plus we have a guest speaker talking about a local community business success story. Please let us know if you're interested in attending by emailing banes3sg@gmail.com

Power to Change works with community businesses to revive local assets, protect the services people rely on, and address local needs. Their vision is to create better places through community business and strengthen community businesses across England by providing money, advice and support to help local people come together. At a time when many parts of the country face cuts and social challenges, Power to Change want to make sure local areas survive and stay vibrant.

Danielle Cohen manages Power to Change’s place-based programmes in three areas including the West of England. She will lead a session at this workshop on how communities can meet local needs through community business, and how Power to Change can support them.
20 Aug 2018 at 10:00am
until 20 Aug 2018 at 12:00pm

3SG Member Survey 2018/19

Your feedback is vital in helping 3SG grow into the sustainable and strong voice for the local third sector we need in B&NES. We've put together a very short member survey of just 14 questions which will influence the direction 3SG take over the next 12 months. Please get involved here:


If you'd like to work together on creating some public events then please get in touch via Facebook, Loomio or send us an email to james@3sg.org.uk

Future Bright

Could you, your staff or your service users benefit from a new careers support service in B&NES? The Future Bright project are looking to help eligible people over the age of 19 to gain the skills they need to unlock their full potential. Tailored to an individual’s needs, each participant will be teamed up with a careers progression coach who can help with:

  • Careers advice –identify what an individual would like to do in the future and help create an achievable plan.
  • Overcoming barriers – that prevent an individual achieving their goals.
  • Improving skills – identifying and arranging the training needs, fitting it around current commitments. Funding for training is also available.
  • Balancing priorities – access to help regarding finances, child care etc.
  • Existing employment – if the participant chooses, identify ways with their employer in which they can achieve more in their current role.
  • Taking the next step – providing support and advice to help reach their full potential.

To be eligible, residents have to be in receipt of any in-work benefits (such as Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction). It is a free service managed by WECA and based in B&NES Council’s Skills and Employment team. The Future Bright project also provides tailored support for local employers around employee engagement, retention and progression. Visit their website for more information

Networking Event For Women That Work Or Volunteer In The Local Third Sector

3SG and the South West Foundation are co-hosting a special networking event just for women working or volunteering in the local third sector in our region. As well as a chance to chat with colleagues we have arranged for female speakers from local charities, community groups and networks to come and talk briefly about the inspirational work they are doing to try and improve our communities. Free sandwiches will be provided if you can stay after the meeting finishes at 12 pm.
19 Jul 2018 at 10:00am
until 19 Jul 2018 at 12:00pm

Update on Changing Together event

B&NES Council have allocated a Director sponsor for four of the Expressions of Interest that were submitted at our joint Changing Together in March 2018. They are as follows:

• “Grassroots” third sector - early intervention, Bruce Lawrence, Director of Public Health

• "Platform for positive communications" and “Compassionate Cities”, David Trethwey, Director of Partnerships and Corporate Services

• “Air Community Space” – community buildings, John Wilkinson, Director of Economy & Growth, Skills & Regeneration – Regeneration

The Hospital Discharge and complex needs EOI has already been developed into a bid for the Government's rough sleepers fund.

Meetings with the Directors and 3SG Core Group members are being organised towards the end of June beginning of July and we will have a more detailed update following those meetings.

Mayor Tim Bowles visit to B&NES on 5th September 2018

3SG are hosting a public event for the West of England Mayor Tim Bowles who is coming to meet the B&NES third sector on 5th September 2018.

The format of this event will involve a presentation by The Mayor, short case studies from the 3SG Core Group, followed by a Q&A and then a networking lunch. Make sure you book your place in advance as we expect this event will be popular!

We are looking for questions from 3SG members working in the Mayor's current areas of interest and focus which are skills, housing and transport. You can send us your questions via our Loomio group.
05 Sep 2018 at 10:00am
until 05 Sep 2018 at 11:30am

Next Tech for Good meet up on 24th April

Posted on behalf of Tech For Good Bath
The next Tech for Good meetup has a slightly different focus to normal. Rather than a more generic area of tech, they are taking a deep dive into the role of technology in the health sector, and specifically mental health.

They will explore the challenges, opportunities and case studies for the use of digital tech in supporting mental health services. In particular they will explore the vision for technology within the Bath and North East Somerset health and care system.

More information available via:

24 Apr 2018 at 6:00pm
until 24 Apr 2018 at 8:15pm