BANES 3rd Sector Group

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About BANES 3rd Sector Group

3SG has over 170 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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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:

Save The Date - 25th January 2019

3SG and Wera Hobhouse MP's office are planning a special joint event for small charities in Bath with annual incomes under £50,000. Details are currently being finalised but if you work or volunteer for a small charity in Bath please keep the morning of Friday 25th January 2019 clear and we will be in touch again soon with further details.
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:

Working Together Budget Discussion

Posted on behalf of B&NES Council
B&NES Council look forward to welcoming members of the Bath City Forum, CAM Valley Forum, Bathavon North Forum and the 3rd Sector Group to the Councils Budget Presentation on 10th December 2018. This will build on last year’s budget discussion in which the challenges which the Council faces were set out.

This year’s presentation will focus on the Council’s current priorities and provide examples of how some savings have already been met, including successful community initiatives. This is a meeting that is also open to the public, please share these details with anyone in your network who may wish to attend.

To aid the discussion, you may like to review the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy which was presented to Cabinet on 31st October:

Also, the paper on Influencing the Central Government Policy agenda which was presented to Full Council on 8th November:

Some amendments to this were made at Council and the document will be updated in due course.

There will be further opportunity comment on the Council’s Budget at the Scrutiny Panels taking place in January and February 2019. Further information on the panels can be found here. Also at Full Council on 19th February 2019.
10 Dec 2018 at 5:00pm
until 10 Dec 2018 at 7:00pm

Posting paid charity job opportunities

3SG can now advertise paid charity jobs based in Bath & North East Somerset on our website & via our social media channels. We charge a fixed price depending on your organisation type:
  • 3SG members: £15 per job (plus VAT if applicable)
  • Non-members: £50 per job (plus VAT if applicable)

We will then invoice your organisation for each job advert you create at the relevant rate as above.The low price reflects the fact that this is a new service which we are launching to try and make 3SG more sustainable in the long term. The number of page views and reach of this service will grow as more of our members use it so please consider us when you're looking to advertise for paid staff.

Compassionate Communities Launch

How can we make the most of existing supportive networks like family, friends and neighbours and help people to build new ones? What kinds of community activity are currently taking place where people can make friendships and share big life events?

If you're interested in discussing these kind of questions then you might like to attend the launch of Compassionate Communities B&NES. This half day event at Odd Down Sports Ground, Bath will run from 9.30 am - 1 pm (free parking and lunch provided) and features guest speakers from Health Connections Mendip (who have set up a similar project in Frome) plus workshops and case studies led by local community organisations. We will ask attendees to participate in group discussions focused around key themes.

Compassionate Communities recognise that all natural cycles of sickness and health, birth and death, and love and loss occur everyday within local organisations and society. A Compassionate Community recognises that care for one another at times of crisis and loss is not simply a task solely for health and social services but is everyone’s responsibility. If this sounds like something you or your organisation want to be involved in then please come along on the 14th November and share your ideas and experience. Please book your free place here.
14 Nov 2018 at 9:30am
until 14 Nov 2018 at 1:00pm
Odd Down Sports Ground

Clean Air Zone For Bath Workshop

To improve air quality in Bath the Council must implement a Clean Air Zone by 2021. This is a designated area in Bath where they can introduce measures to reduce vehicle emissions and cut pollution, with the aim of improving everybody's health.

3SG has been approach by the #BathBreathes2021 team to help them consult with people that might be affected by these proposals. We are hosting a free workshop on 6th November at Trinity Methodist Church Radstock to hear the views of community transport providers, passengers, drivers and local residents.

We start at 10 am and finish at 1 pm and a free lunch will be provided by SWALLOW. To book your place please RSVP via email to
06 Nov 2018 at 10:00am
until 06 Nov 2018 at 1:00pm
Trinity Methodist Church Radstock

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 ( 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.