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What we do

As the local Council for Voluntary Service or CVS, we provide information, advice, training, and support to charities and community groups, sharing our expertise, building partnerships, promoting volunteering, and advocating on the sector’s behalf.

Our support empowers the community groups and volunteers in Somerset to transform people’s lives and enhance their health and happiness.


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These are our core activities

Whether we’re hosting training and networking events, providing 1:1 support to groups, publishing regular newsletters, or matching people with causes that matter to them, we work to deliver them every day.

No matter what role we play, from marketing to finance, community development to operations, we are all part of one team that shares the same values and goals.


Facilitate community development

We provide free practical support for people and not-for-profit organisations to nurture their skills and help build community resilience. We bring people together to make connections, share what they do and support one another.


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Support for groups

We offer a range of advice and guidance to groups, empowering them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to deliver effective and sustainable services.

Resilient communities

We work with local communities to find out what they need and help create and develop solutions.

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Supporting mental health

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Digital inclusion

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Support for unpaid carers

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Social prescribing

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Warm Welcome Somerset

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The Spark iT team are providing support and connections across our local communities, working alongside NHS teams in delivering our strategic digital roadmap plans for digital inclusion.

- Allison Nation, Associate Director of Digital Strategy, NHS Somerset

Champion social action

We encourage social action by supporting local people to volunteer and get involved in their communities.

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Lead on voice and influence

We speak as the trusted voice of the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector. We help ensure it is heard and gets the resources it needs. As an ‘honest broker’ for the sector, we are proud to advocate on its behalf.

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Spark Somerset work hard to strengthen the community infrastructure in Somerset. The ever-growing demand for a more holistic community offer means that strengthening this infrastructure is important - and advocating for this cultural shift to connect people to community rather than clinical services has really taken shape with their hard work.

- Jane Knowles, CEO, Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership

Our impact

The past 12 months has, once more, been a year of significant change in our communities and the wider VCFSE sector – and we are proud to support the charities making a big difference in Somerset. Our team has been constantly adapting our organisation and ways of working to increase our resilience, learning and overall impact.

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Support our work

Find out how your donation will help to provide much needed services and support in our local communities.


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