Opportunity to make a real difference in Somerset

Opportunity to make a real difference in Somerset

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Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an individual to volunteer on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel – and applications from people with knowledge of west Somerset are particularly welcome.

Somerset Community Foundation manages the HPC Community Fund, awarding grants to those seeking support for projects and initiatives that will help to mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C build in their community. The Awards Panel, which includes members of the local community, makes the decisions about which Somerset-based projects will be awarded grants. To date they have helped to award over £4.5 million to local organisations, with grants ranging from £200 to £370,000.

Steve Mewes, Local Nature Partnership Coordinator & Advocacy Manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust, recently finished a three-year term on the panel. He said of the role: “The independent panel member position on the Awards Panel was hugely rewarding. Not only did it test my local knowledge and contributory skills but I also learnt a lot about so many phenomenal community projects that take place in Somerset. I would highly recommend it.”

Justin Sargent, Chief Executive at SCF, said: “We’d be really interested to hear from anyone who lives in Somerset and knows it well – particularly the west Somerset area – and who can bring their life experience to support our grant-making. This is a terrific opportunity for anyone who is committed to local communities, and changing the world on their doorstep.”

Justin added that applicants do not need experience of serving on a grants committee, as Somerset Community Foundation will provide support and guidance. The successful panel member should be able to commit for at least three years.

To find out more about this exciting voluntary role, visit: www.somersetcf.org.uk/vacancies or apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to: info@somersetcf.org.uk or post to Carolyn Phimister, Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN, to arrive by noon, Monday 11 October. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

If you run a local community project in Somerset and would like to find out more about grant funding from the HPC Community Fund please visit: www.hpcfunds.co.uk or call Somerset Community Foundation on: 01749 344949.

The HPC Community Fund is part of a wider £20 million commitment of funding, provided by EDF through Section 106 agreements, for communities that are affected by the development of the new nuclear power station, to promote their social, economic and environmental wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. They provide rewarding and impactful ways for donors to give through them, to the causes and places they care about most. Together, they fund amazing organisations and the passionate people that change lives every day.

Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £16 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.

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