Partnership and engagement

The Somerset Disability Engagement Service (SDES) has had a productive start to the service.

We initially spent some time identifying as many organisations, charities, support and local groups within the Somerset region that we could invite to get involved with our project.  We have been able to identify over 130, and we are sure there are many more to find.

We have also spoken to organisations and identified new working partnerships.  You can view these organisations, and learn more about them, in the Directory.

Like many organisations, we have had to go virtual and have had two successful virtual coffee mornings.  These were well attended and created a great opportunity to engage with individuals and organisations.

We have released a survey at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BW7ZYG/ and it asks some fundamental questions about access to information and services for disabled people in Somerset.  The survey will be available until the end of January and we will publish the results from the survey when it closes.

We understand the importance of communication and joint working.  This is why we have chosen to get involved with other organisational meetings, groups and forums.  To date, we have attended three external groups.  It’s an opportunity for us to hear and understand some of the issues and successes around Somerset, and also for us to work together to try and achieve the same goal – improving the lives of the residents.

Volunteering is a great way to get involved with the service, so as we go into the next month, we are focusing on the volunteer programme by creating handbooks, policies and job roles. We have also created a volunteering advert on Spark Somerset.

Our next coffee morning is being held on 1st March, so please get in touch if you would like to attend.