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The VANS AGM is scheduled for Monday, 27 September and like last year, we’ve decided to hold it on Zoom.  Our keynote speaker is Suzanne Rolt, Chief Executive from Quartet Community Foundation.  Proceedings start at 5.00pm and you will need to register attendance in advance by emailing: and joining instructions will be emailed back to you.  Hope to see you there.

In this newsletter there are many paid roles being advertised within the VCFSE sector – take a look at them at the end of this newsletter or go to our website.

With the mass vaccination booster programmes starting, our need to source volunteer stewards to support the NHS continues.  If you have some spare time and would like to support this essential programme, then go to our website and register for some sessions:

We are also seeing a rise in new volunteering opportunities across North Somerset and these can be viewed in our Online Volunteer Centre, take a look by clicking HERE 

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If you haven’t registered yet to attend our AGM (to be held on Zoom) on Monday, 27 September between 5 – 6.30pm, then please email:

This year we are pleased to welcome Suzanne Rolt, Chief Executive from Quartet Community Foundation as our keynote speaker, who will talk about the strategic picture of funding across the region. We will also hear from one of our longstanding volunteer initiatives to hear about the role of volunteers supporting vital services across our communities.


We’re still recruiting volunteers to help in non-clinical and stewarding roles across a number of vaccination sites in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG).  
Volunteers are asked to commit to a 4½ hour session to cover the 12 hour daily vaccination programme at UWE and there are also a number of other sessions requiring cover at GP Surgeries and Community Pharmacy sites across the BNSSG area.
If you’re interested in volunteering to support the NHS medical teams, then register


Once registered, you will be able to see the volunteering opportunities available at the different sites and book the session/s you’re available to volunteer for. You will then receive email confirmation of your commitment.
If you have some free time to support this essential and important programme, then please register NOW.


Alive, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of older people and their carers, have published three booklets with the help of Healthwatch North Somerset to help those who struggle with technology access online services.

To download the booklets click HERE  or alternatively they are available to view at North Somerset libraries and GP practices.

Access brand new life essentials for free

Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.
We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

Our website is regularly updated with new stock so register here (no charge) to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.

Goods can be collected directly from us, or we can arrange delivery at cost – you will only pay for transport. 

If you would like more information, please call us on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to

Reg. Charity No. 1105883

This free training guides residents and workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group in Bristol, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over. We are offering a free training programme to guide local residents and workers through the process of setting up their own bereavement peer-support group. These groups will be resident-led, self-sustaining, free of charge and open to anyone aged 18 or over.
The training is based on the successful model of the STAR (Share, Talk and Remember) bereavement peer-support group in Stockwood in Bristol which provides free support for people grieving from a bereavement or difficult transition in their life. The course will be delivered by Jan Perry, STAR Network Co-ordinator & Freelance Trainer, and is supported by Bristol Ageing Better.
The training will embed the core principles of the original STAR group to create a network of STAR bereavement peer-support groups across the local area which have strong foundations and are led by local residentsThe free training course involves 4 workshops which will take place online via Zoom. After the training, you will be invited to join catch up sessions for the STAR Network every 2 months to connect with others who have done the training and provide ongoing support for each other as you set up your groups.
The same course will run on Tuesday mornings, Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings (please sign up to one course only).
Click on the following links for more information and to sign up to the training:
Tuesday mornings (10am – 12pm)
5th – 26th October 2021
Wednesday afternoons (1pm – 3pm)
6th – 27th October 2021
Thursday evenings (6pm – 8pm)
7th – 28th October 2021


Kooth continue to be available for young people aged 10-18+ (up to 25 in leaving care or have an additional need) in North Somerset for free, safe and anonymous wellbeing support and advice, accessible from any internet enabled device. There are a number of ways young people can access support on Kooth from our Magazine, Forum, Therapeutic activities, Journal, Goals, messaging and chat! You can access Kooth’s promotion hub Swivle where you’ll find digital resources including posters, videos, Covid-19 infographics, data and resources. You can view ‘How to use’ Swivle guide here

Video Link:


Employment and Skills Showcase Event next Thursday, 23rd September between 10am – 2pm at Clevedon Library Car Park, BS21 6NN.

Come along to: Access new training opportunities with local colleges and course providers Meet with potential employers Discover local job vacancies Access career advice For more information about Opportunity North Somerset, visit: or email

Please register in advance to attend the meeting by clicking HERE


North Somerset Council has successfully applied for DfT support to fund electric bike trials across the region until spring 2022. The project aims to bring first-hand experience of electric bikes to broader audiences and to less represented groups such as older people, BAME communities and people experiencing financial, health or other challenges or inequalities.

If you: 
a) work with people who could benefit from this healthy, zero-carbon activity,
b) have a secure storage location for the bikes and
c) have the in-house staffing capacity to run a scheme of this nature,

get in touch with Kerry, Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer, on It’s likely that a handful of bikes will go to delivery partner organisations for a three-month duration.      WE ARE AWARE WELLBEING APP

We Are Aware are working with James Geldart from Nuvola Ltd on developing a Wellbeing App and have started a crowdfunding campaign to fund the development and build of the App.  Whilst there are many Apps out there, some good, some not so good, feedback from our peer community suggests none do everything they want them to do. This will be an App shaped directly by our peer group involvement. It will take feedback, criticism of services, problems encountered and create a working solution. 

  We want to put the person back at the centre of the person-centred approach. This is not to challenge the system, but rather to show a more coherent way for the system to support the individual. The solution needs to come from the peer community. The community deserves to be heard, and feel that it has been heard.
  We want the individual to build their own living documents of self care, that can be shaped and developed regularly. We want the individual to create their own secure page of shareable information. So often repeated interviews ask for the same information. For those with anxiety, to repeatedly demand identical information shows an inherent lack of appreciation for the individual and their condition. There has to be a better way.
  This will not be a panacea to everything someone with lived experience of mental health endures, but it could resolve a great deal for many.
  Your support is greatly appreciated

North Somerset LGBT+ Forum have recently launched some new groups which take place on Wednesdays each month.  They also have a new website which illustrates all the support you can get and also how you can support the organisation. 1st Wednesday of the Month: Trans+: North Somerset’s new support group for transgender, non-binary and gender-questioning people aged 18+. 2nd Wednesday of the Month: Colours: A safe space for 13-17 year olds who are LGBT+, questioning or allies, to socialise and meet new people. 3rd Wednesday of the Month: Family+: A free social group for parents, guardians and relatives of LGBT+ individuals to ask questions, get support or just pop along for a chat! 4th Wednesday of the Month: 50+:  A safe space for members of the LGBT+ community who are over 50 to meet new people and socialise. For more information about any of the groups, please email:


For anyone working or volunteering within a community setting/organisation within North Somerset, the Public Health Team have recently launched their programme of mental health courses for 2021. Training is free to attendees and is funded by the Healthier Together Communities Coronavirus fund and North Somerset Public Health Team.  

To enrol on any of the courses listed below, please click HERE: Mental Health Safety Planning  Suicide Awareness  Listening Skills  Mental Health Awareness Connect 5 Mental Health If after registering you are no longer to attend, you need to give at least 2 days’ notice of non-attendance, otherwise you will charged an admin fee of £50.



Paid-for Opportunities

VACANCY:  LINK WORKER (SOCIAL PRESCRIBING) Citizens Advice North Somerset are looking to recruit a highly motivated Link Worker to join their Social Prescribing Team. This role is jointly funded through the Pier Health PCN Social Prescribing Service (a partnership between Pier Health, CANS and Alliance Homes) and Quartet Community Foundation Catalyst Fund. The role will involve building trusting relationships with people, empowering them to take control of their wellbeing and health by giving them time to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing; and then supporting them to connect to groups and activities. You will have good IT, numeracy and literacy skills and preferably have experience of working in the not-for-profit sector.

Closing Date:  20th September 2021

For further information including job description, people specification, guidance notes and application form, click HERE

VACANCY:  FINANCE OFFICER (p-t) As a Finance Officer, you will play an important role within the finance department supporting our core philanthropy work, if you have strong finance administration skills including advance spreadsheet experience, and if supporting community philanthropy excites you, then we want to hear from you.  For further information, including a job description, person specification, application form and equality and diversity form please click HERE Closing date: Monday 20th September 2021 at midday  


If you have a strong commitment to the values of a community foundation, have experience of community philanthropy and grant-making, then we would like to hear from you. For further information, including a job description, person specification, application form and equality and diversity form please click HERE

Closing Date: Monday 20th September 2021 at midday



Healthwatch North Somerset are recruiting a full time Area Lead. They are looking for someone who is skilled at listening to others, passionate about making a difference, has experience engaging with communities and working with professionals and commissioners.

This role is with Healthwatch, the public’s champion for health and social care. As an organisation they are here because those who are vulnerable and marginalised need an advocate. They help the public make informed decisions and take their feedback on care experiences. They work within the system to hold decision makers to account, and seek to demonstrate to the public how they drive change.

Closing Date:  8 am on 21st September 2021  If you’re interested please take a look at the job pack

VACANCY:  OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Citizens Advice North Somerset are looking for an experienced, intelligent and focused individual to provide wide-ranging administrative support, which will include acting as clerk to the Board of Trustees, to ensure the smooth running of our very busy office. You will need to be highly organised, have an eye for detail and be a team player.

In return you will gain experience of all aspects of the organisation from delivery of front line services, personnel and HR, to charity and company law For more information about the role including job description, person specification, gidance notes and application form click HERE. For an informal conversation about the role please email or call 01934 8362017. Closing date: Monday 27th September 2021 at midday

VACANCY:  WELFARE BENEFITS TEAM LEADER & CASEWORKER Citizens Advice North Somerset are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual as a specialist Welfare Rights Team Leader to: Lead, coordinate and develop the Welfare Benefits Team, working with both paid and volunteer advisers; Deliver high quality welfare benefits advice and specialist casework on behalf of clients; Provide welfare benefits specialist support to non-welfare benefit advisers. The role will involve working closely with senior management to help deliver the strategic aims of the service. You will have good IT, numeracy and literacy skills. You will be an experienced Welfare Benefits Adviser and be able to demonstrate team leadership, with good communication skills and a commitment to delivering a high quality service.

For more information about the role including job description, person specification, guidance notes and application form, click HERE

For an informal conversation about the role please email or call 01934 836201 and ask to speak to Sara Leeroth.

Closing Date:  27th September 2021 at midday

VACANCY:  SCHOOL COUNSELLOR, WESTON-SUPER-MARE (p-t) (9764) Barnardo’s at Junction 3 are looking for a trained counsellor to work in secondary schools in Weston-super-Mare. You will be working as part of a team supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing through one to one counselling; groupwork and whole class discussions.  Training, supervision and management support will be provided.

For more information about the role, go to the Barnardo’s website

Closing Date:  28th September 2021 Volunteer Opportunities We have many volunteer opportunities on our website but the following ones have been recently posted  – for more information on them, click on the role title:

Peer Mentor Volunteer – Type 2 Diabetes – Brigstowe, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire

Wild Skills Conservation Training and Volunteering – Avon Wildlife Trust, Weston-super-Mare

Pulse Oximeter Delivery Drivers – Sirona care & health, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire

Committee Member – Locking Deanery Housing Society Ltd, Clarence House

Group Helper – The Notable Club, Weston-super-Mare

Various Roles – Osprey Outdoors CIC

Puppy Raiser – Guide Dogs UK

Digital Connectors – Sirona care & health, North Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire

Bereavement Volunteer – Weston Hospicecare

Funding Opportunities  There are a number of organisations offering charities and community organisations the opportunity to apply for grants/funds to help them through the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond – to find out more go to our website or follow us on Facebook where we regularly publicise grants and funds that are available – sometimes these have short notice periods so it’s essential to react quickly so we promote them via our Facebook page as soon as we are aware of them. 

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