Thursday, 28 October 2021

The Eco-Centre's Aviva Community Fund Goes Live

Today the Eco-Centre for Somerset launched their crowdfunding page as part of the Avivia Community Fund. They are raising funds to pilot an innovative project called Carbon Community Action Plans. The centre will work with rural communities, initially in Somerset, and help them to live more sustainably and affordable. View their appeal page here. The Eco-Centre need you to support their fundraising and gain support for this community initiative. Every £50 raised will be boosted from the Avivia climate fund – so every penny really does count.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Somerset Co-operative Services AGM

Today, 23rd September, Somerset Co-operative Services will join with Somerset Development Workers Co-operative for the joint Annual General Meeting. Please follow the links to our: 

Thursday, 22 July 2021

Weclome to the team

Please join us in welcoming our two newest recruits, Necla Sonyurek and Lis Ford.

 Necla has joined us as a Social Enterprise Bookkeeper and Lis is a Development Worker assisting with marketing tasks.

•    Here is a little about Necla.
‘I was born in Turkey and I have foundation degree in accounting and BSc in Public Finance & Economics. I have also completed my AAT Level 2 and 3 and doing AAT Level 4, that has 2 last papers outstanding.
I came in UK in 2005 and worked in the industries of sales, customer service, data analyst, assistant financial accountant and accounts payable roles.
As hobbies I love having a good debate, reading a book, watching good movies, Pilates, going for a long country walk and spend time with my family.’

•    Here is a little about Lis.
‘I have a diverse background, having studied Fine Art, Business and recently completed my CIM Level 4 in Professional Marketing.
I have been working across the tourism, heritage and charitable sector for the past nine years in operational roles including visitor services, marketing and events.
I love to be outdoors and can often be found with my trainers on going for a run in the local area or grabbing my camera and getting out in the countryside.’

We are excited to welcome our two new members of staff to our team and am sure they will soon get to know you all and SCS’s diverse array projects.

Necla Sonyurek and Lis Ford


Tuesday, 29 June 2021

Co-op Fornight

It's Co-op Fortnight we have been talking to our members about why co-ops are awesome and why people should #joinacoop.

Watch to find out more!

To find out more about Co-op Fortnight visit:

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Could you be a director of a growing co-operative? Our money is on that you can!

What a year 2020 was:  whether a conscious decision or not, it became a year for reflecting on purpose and actions; in particular when it came to our communities. Whoever your community is made up of (neighbours, colleagues, people you share a hobby or passion with), we all took a deep breath and responded in the ways we felt right and learned some important lessons. 

With these reflections in mind, rather than your usual 'New Year, New You' resolution, why not start with a 'New Year, New Opportunities' mantra instead? And we have an idea! 

Become a Director of a Co-operative or community enterprise, and create opportunities for many!

SCS works with co-ops across Somerset (and nationally), and we can tell you there are co-ops and community benefit societies across a range of sectors: energy, housing, transport, wellbeing, retail.... doing the most amazing work for their comminutes. See our projects page for more information.  

The very nature of a co-op promotes a better economy, better social impact, and better environmental impacts. Co-operative business feels the natural way to build back better. Not sure what a co-op is? Read more here.  

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved in (either joining an existing co-op board or creating a new co-op) then why not join our webinar to find out more. If you have a specific interest, we know many co-ops looking for new Directors, so do get in touch to find out more. 

In just an hour and a half, co-op developer, Alex Lawrie will provide an introduction to w
hat it's like to be a director of a community enterprise or co-operative. If you've ever thought about it, but felt that you don't have the right skills, knowledge or enough time, Alex aims to bust those myths by explaining:
  • what kind of support you can expect in a good team 
  • how you can make a difference to your local area and help others
  • which co-ops in Somerset are looking for directors like you
  • how you can learn skills and develop new careers with the experience
  • why it's so fulfilling, but also how to avoid some common hazards
  • what the legal duties and protections are

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