BANES 3rd Sector Group

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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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Trade Up Bristol / Somerset Development Programme

Social enterprises in B&NES can apply for one of these two new courses. A great way to boost your social enterprise, each one takes place over four months with four core learning days between June and September 2019. Application deadline is 2nd June and there are cash awards of £1K and £500 attached to these courses.

Find out more here:

BA1 Radio

This month James has recorded 4 interviews on Bath's new community run radio station BA1 Radio which is being run by volunteers in the Southside Youth Hub. So far we've featured We Get It, Bath Mind, Bath City Farm and Genesis Trust but if you'd like to have a brief chat with James and publicise a project or event then get in touch with us via and we can organise a meeting.

The Woodward Resilience Fund

CAF Bank have asked us to share this fund which is designed to support charities with incomes under £400,000 in strengthening their resilience. Apply if you have a specific issue, for example where you require bridging support to be able to take advantage of an upcoming opportunity or when you have received an unexpected large bill.

Grant sizes range from £1,000 up to £5,000 and the average grant size will be £2,000. If you're interested then please contact and he will send the details over.

SWDDF Leadership Programme

This programme delivers high-quality, affordable leadership development for the 3rd sector in the South West. It includes expert-led learning sessions, action learning of ‘live’ issues plus one-to-one coaching. More than 45 charity CEOs and senior leaders have participated in the programme since 2016.

The programme costs £1,250 and includes 10 monthly sessions and individual coaching. Bursary places might also be available so if you would like to find out more about joining the next cohort starting October 2019, please visit:

Equisphere Charitable Challenge 2019

Gold Scholars at the University of Bath are being challenged to spend a day designing a student-led solution to an issue faced by a charity based in Bath and NE Somerset. The best ideas may be taken forward and rolled out by students, with the support of the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteering Department, and in partnership with you.

Click Here to express an interest before the end of May

Your Chance to Shape Regional Strategy

WECA want you to come and help shape the Local Industrial Strategy on Friday 3 May at Knowle West Media Centre. Registration opens at 9.00am for a prompt 9.30am start. This event is aimed at senior representatives from local 3rd sector organisations.

WECA are at a crucial point in the development of the region’s Local Industrial Strategy as they move from evidence gathering into developing conclusions, and they want to ensure their strategy enables as many people as possible to contribute to and benefit from the opportunity that growth brings.

This workshop will focus on inclusive growth and attendees will be able to consider, develop and help shape the emerging policy conclusions from the evidence base . To secure a place, please register your attendance here:
03 May 2019 at 9:00am
until 03 May 2019 at 11:30am

Business Disability Survey

Disability can have an impact on your charity in many different ways. There are an estimated 26 million people in the UK with a disability and/or long-term condition who might be your customers, your employees, your suppliers and your stakeholders.

Business Disability Forum works directly with businesses who have been considering what a package of support could look like for small and medium sized employers with under 250 employees. They need to know what type of information, advice and support you might need relating to employees and customers with disabilities and long-term conditions so please fill in this anonymous 10 question research survey:

Value for Money Discussion Cafe

Continuing financial adversity plus the need to ensure client needs are actually being achieved, has seen greater emphasis on ensuring value-for-money (VFM) in our activities. However, the focus on achieving successful long-term outcomes, the needs of a diverse stakeholder base and the prevailing economic climate, means that achieving VFM is increasingly difficult.

This discussion café is an opportunity for 3SG members to meet to explore VFM in its widest sense, where participants will hopefully support and inspire each other with the aim of improving VFM in their respective organisations.

The event will be chaired by Dr Carl Evans of University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, who is undertaking BAFA funded research exploring VFM. It is hoped that the research findings from this project will identify aspects of best-practice that could be adopted by organisations in the sector and will potentially lead to a model of best practice.
25 Apr 2019 at 2:00pm
until 25 Apr 2019 at 3:30pm
Bath City Farm
Kelston View

Big Advice Day - Bath 18th June

We now have 14 speakers confirmed for our Big Advice Day on 18th June which is part of the national Small Charity Week programme. This free event is being held at Hub XV, Bath Racecourse and is a great opportunity for small charities and social enterprises to access expert knowledge and advice for free.
18 Jun 2019 at 1:00pm
until 18 Jun 2019 at 5:00pm
Hub XV
Bath Racecourse


B&NES Local Safeguarding Adult Board (LSAB) has undertaken three Safeguarding Adult Reviews in the last 18 months all relating to adults who have self neglected, two of whom have died. A revised Self Neglect Policy and Best Practice Guidance was launched in July 2018 and the LSAB want relevant organisations in B&NES have read and understand the mechanisms to help people who self neglect and try and prevent further tragedies occurring. The intention is to help everyone – family members, friends and professionals to identify the often hidden warning signs of self-neglect so that support may be offered. Here is the links to the relevant documents which will help your organisation and staff:

· Quick Guide to the Self Neglect Policy and Guidance (March 2019)

· Self Neglect Policy and Guidance (March 2019)

· Appendix 1 - Assessment of Need and Risk

· Appendix 2 - Self Neglect Agenda Template

· Appendix 3 - Self Neglect Crisis Intervention Plan

A half day course is also being run to enable participants to gain knowledge and develop skills in working with people who self-neglect which you can book on here