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We are Spark Somerset!

We have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset since April 2016.

Our charity has evolved and developed many times over the years in order to continue to meet the needs of the sector.

Find out how…

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April 2016

SSVCA’s Voluntary Sector Support project merges with Mendip Community Support to become Spark

June 2016

Community Partnership Engagement Coordinator appointed to work alongside the Symphony Programme, funded by the South West IPC

October 2016

We co-host the Let’s End Loneliness in South Somerset Conference

December 2016

We deliver our first training course

February 2018

We host the Sedgemoor Funding Den event, £73k awarded to local good causes

March 2018
June 2019

We host the VCSE Leaders Conference in Ilminster

September 2019

Charity moves to a CIO and Spark Somerset is born!

March 2020

We launch the Coronahelpers platform, matching volunteers with Covid-19 support groups in their communities

July 2020

Spark Somerset office moves to Bowdens Farm, Hambridge

September 2020

Our Volunteering platform, Spark a Change, is launched

October 2020

Covid Community Champions launched

November 2020

Open Mental Health Buddies launched

June 2021

Thriving Communities Somerset (in partnership with Take Art and Somerset Wildlife Trust) launched

June 2021
February 2022
May 2022

Open Mental Health Volunteer Passports launched

June 2022

Relaunch of the  Somerset Mental Health Network (formerly known as the Somerset Mental Health Hub)

July 2022

We join the Somerset Integrated Care Board, representing the VCFSE sector

September 2022
November 2022

The first Somerset VCFSE Assembly is held

December 2022
February 2023
September 2023

Memorandum of Understanding formally signed by the ICB, Somerset Council and Spark Somerset on behalf of the VCFSE Sector in Somerset.

February 2024

New website launches

Bright Sparks!

Our team has a wealth of experience working in the voluntary sector and a shared passion for changing lives. No matter what role we play, from marketing to finance, community development to operations, we are united and driven by the same values and goals.

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We support and champion voluntary and community organisations

We do this through the provision of information and advice, training and forums, and by sharing expertise, building partnerships, inspiring social action and advocating on the sector’s behalf at a local and national level.

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We are driven by our values

They are the ideas and beliefs that unite and motivate us and that we aspire to embody through our work.


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We have been greatly supported by Spark… their support has helped us communicate better with the public and funders and build a robust structure for our volunteers. We are so happy that Spark is here to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

- South Chard Church

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