B&NES 3rd Sector Group

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About B&NES 3rd Sector Group

3SG creates an environment in which representatives from the voluntary, faith and community sector can influence local strategic decision making in Bath and North East Somerset. We aim to do this by being a focal point for receiving and disseminating strategic information and seeking and championing the views of the local 3rd sector with the public sector and other relevant forums.

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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 B&NES on 5th September 2018. We asked 3SG members if they could host this event and we are pleased to announce that 3 Cafe & Kitchen have been randomly selected from a list of applicants. 3 Cafe & Kitchen is a fully accessible café, shop and meeting space right next to Three Ways School in Bath which offers work experience to their students.

The format of this event will involve a talk by The Mayor, case studies from 3SG members, followed by questions and then networking. Make sure you book your place in advance as we expect this event will be popular!

We are looking for case studies from 3SG members working in the Mayor's current areas of interest and focus which are skills, housing and transport. You can express your interest 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


Following on from the discussion which took place on The Stadium for Bath at the last meeting of the Bath City Forum, the draft Development Brief document is now open to public consultation for the next three weeks until 2nd May 2018 via stadiumforbath.com.

Keeping you updated

3SG would like to use your email address to keep in touch about things that may matter to you. If you are happy for 3SG to do this, please click on the link below:


Your privacy is important to 3SG, so we’ll always keep your details secure. If you choose to hear from us we may email you information based on what is most relevant to you or things you’ve told us you like. This might include 3SG events, local third sector resources, partner updates and local third sector news.

We’ll only send these to you if you agree to receive them and we will never share your information with companies outside the 3SG for inclusion in their marketing.If you agree to receive marketing information from us you can change your mind at a later date. However, if you tell us you don’t want to receive marketing communications, then you may not hear about events or other work we do that may be of interest to you.

We’ll always act upon your choice of how you want to receive communications. However, there are some communications that we need to send. These are essential to fulfil our promises to you as a 3SG member, volunteer, partner or attendee of our meetings . Examples are:

- Transaction messaging, such as event booking confirmations

- Membership-related mailings such as notice of our Annual General Meeting on 20th September 2018.

We want you to remain in control of your personal data. If, at any time, you want to update or amend your personal data or marketing preferences please email us via banes3sg@gmail.com

New Community Awards Programme

St John’s Foundation are proud to announce the launch of a new fund aimed at supporting community groups and unregistered charities based in Bath and North East Somerset. Their Community Awards Programme offers funding of up to £2,000 to small organisations with a focus on helping people to achieve their aspirations and potential and who are helping build resilience within communities.

St John’s £2 million Funding Support Programme supports charitable organisations and individuals throughout Bath and North East Somerset. We recognise that community groups and unregistered charities play a vital role in supporting thousands of individuals in our local communities. This fund is aimed at supporting those groups to continue delivering their incredible work.

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th June 2018. Applicants will be notified by their selection panel’s decision by the end of July.

For further information, please visit http://stjohnsbath.org.uk/communityawards or contact them by email at communityawards@stjohnsbath.org.uk.

Secrets of Fundraising Success

3SG invite you to our special fundraising themed training session at Bath City FC. Confirmed on the 10th May we have:

James Carlin -Localgiving - "The secrets behind successful online fundraising & crowdfunding"

Lorna Montgomery - Bath Repair Cafe

Adrian Williams - Institute of Fundraising South West

Richard Gyde - Forever Friends Appeal

Claire Wynne Hughes - Quartet Community Foundation - "Grant applications from a funders perspective"

Please book your free place here
10 May 2018 at 9:30am
until 10 May 2018 at 12:00pm
Bath City F.C
105 High Street

Follow up 3SG's Changing Together workshop

Many thanks to everyone who attended our Changing Together workshop last month. Towards the end of this event Cllr Gerrish mentioned that there's probably no money on the table from B&NES Council to make 3rd sector projects happen which was obviously disappointing to hear.

However Steve Dale spoke to Cllr Gerrish after the meeting to clarify his position. What Cllr Gerrish meant was that B&NES Council can fund initiatives which would, in time, save money. B&NES Council were prepared for the fact that these savings might be difficult to demonstrate.

Expression of interest forms are available by emailing Sara Dixon via strategy_performance@bathnes.gov.uk

Free workshop for the third sector in B&NES! Get your ideas heard tomorrow

3SG & Bathnes Council are giving the local third sector an opportunity to discuss new ways of working together on Thursday 15th March at 2.30pm - 4.30 pm. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from third sector organisations are being invited for project ideas that could help deliver the 'Changing Together' priorities. The aim of this workshop is to draft up some EOIs so please come to the meeting having thought of a particular challenge / theme / idea you would like to discuss.

One of 3SG's core priorities is to encourage the sharing and creation of new ideas in our sector and this meeting is a follow on from our workshop in November 2017 at Bath City FC. You can complete EOIs individually, in your own time, but this workshop will be a chance to discuss your ideas with other organisations and to facilitate collaboration and reduce duplication. Ideas do not have to be costed or thought out in detail, but you do need to consider what needs to happen in order for you to develop your ideas further.

3SG will set up four tables and devise a number of overarching themes for discussion. These will based on previous discussions with our members and Bathnes Council. Each will deal with a broad subject and we will ask you to go to the table which is most relevant to your idea. Each table will have a facilitator and the idea is, by discussion, to come up with concrete ideas and to complete a draft EOI.

The aim is to create 3 x EOIs from each table and these will be the ones which lend themselves to collaboration between organisations. These drafts will be submitted to Bathnes Council - but that's just to get the process started. 3SG plan to hold further events / meetings to go into detail on some of the EOIs and bring together the relevant data, people and resources necessary in order to help develop these ideas into reality.

EOIs will need to capture:

  • What is your idea
  • Who would you like to work with?
  • Who else do you need to speak to?
  • What questions do you need to be answered?
  • What data do you need?
  • Who else do you need to work with?
  • What resources do you need?
Please RSVP via Eventbrite and arrive at St Michaels Church (opposite Waitrose in Bath) at 2.15 pm for a 2.30 pm start. We will be finished by 4.30 pm.

Changing Together: Free workshop for 3rd sector organisations in B&NES

The B&NES Third Sector Group (3SG) and B&NES Council invite you to the second Changing Together workshop which is taking place at St Michaels Without Church, Bath on the afternoon of March 15th.

Following our successful launch event in November 2017 (at Bath City FC), we encourage you to attend this follow up workshop which will focus on themed conversations between the Council and 3SG members. These conversations will focus on solutions to the challenges we face as third sector organisations and those faced by the people we represent.

This is a brand new dialogue to explore innovative ways that we can meet increasing need against the backdrop of cuts to local authority funding. We will be generating ideas which we will then be encouraging people to develop into Expressions of Interest for the 'Changing Together' funding which the Council are making available to pilot new approaches.

3SG members and the B&NES Community Engagement team will facilitate small group discussions on a number of themes and details of these will be shared prior the event.

Book now to make sure your 3rd sector organisation is part of the conversation
15 Mar 2018 at 2:30pm
until 15 Mar 2018 at 4:30pm
St Michaels Without
Broad Street