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About Mendip Community Support

 We support and promote voluntary and community activity and encourage co-operation with other sectors to develop a more caring and inclusive society

Our objective is to provide a pro-active and accessible service to all community groups and voluntary organisations, particularly those groups who do not have access to centralised support services. Our services offer free, practical help, advice, support and representation of the views of its membership at local, county, regional and national level.

In order to relate directly to the needs of the local population, we organise local town forums throughout Mendip and Sedgemoor and invite speakers from both statutory authorities and other voluntary bodies to give talks and answer questions from the members present.

The forums provide people who are involved with voluntary groups, who may well be working completely on their own, the chance to meet other people, share ideas and find solutions to their problems, giving them an opportunity to share resources.

We are a registered charity and limited company whose aim is to provide pro-active and accessible support to voluntary and community organisations across the county of Somerset.

Membership is free to all voluntary and community organisations.

Our services are also free of charge and we can provide:

  • help with finding VOLUNTARY WORK general advice and guidance to groups
  • advice on legislation
  • information on sources of FUNDING help with funding applications
  • training
  • support in the development and starting up of groups
  • help with finding VOLUNTEERS
  • a voice for the voluntary sector at district and regional level
  • networking opportunities and information sessions for groups across Mendip and Sedgemoor. Annual Mendip Wide and Sedgemoor Wide forums and occasional events such as our funding advice evenings.

Providing the opportunity to engage in volunteering

Want to help in the community but don't know where to begin? We can help anyone to volunteer. Do you want to make a difference by helping others? Enjoy sharing your interests with others? Use your skills and experience, learn new skills or gain qualifications?

  • We provide volunteers with information about opportunities that will give them new experiences and essentials skills
  • We spend time matching volunteers to suitable organisations, creating an enhanced volunteering experience for all

We also provide volunteers for organisations and help publicise their opportunities.

If you want to find out more about the work of Mendip Community Support, The Volunteer Centre Mendip & Sedgemoor and/or attend any of our events, please contact us.

If you would like to become a member, please see our membership page.

 Mendip Community Support
and The Volunteer Centre Mendip & Sedgemoor
work in partnership with:


To improve our service to our members we have implemented the quality standard for voluntary and charity organisations, PQASSO, and are pleased to have attained Level 2 by self assessment.

Mendip Community Support is supported by: