About Social Enterprise Network Somerset

Formerly known as ‘Grassroots’, SENS is a membership organisation that was founded in 2010 by a group of social enterprises based in Somerset.

The Social Enterprise Network Somerset (SENS) is the support hub for new and existing social enterprises in Somerset. It offers a wide range of activities including peer-to-peer support opportunities, networking events, signposting and training.

SENS champions ‘a different way of doing business’ and enables the sharing of expertise, ideas, information and other resources so that social enterprises can grow sustainably and benefit the local economy, the environment and wider society.

We will post information about upcoming events here and welcome others to post their own social enterprise events too.

If you would like to become a SENS member, please sign up here. For any further information, please contact: info@socentsomerset.org.uk.

Website: www.socentsomerset.org.uk

e-mail: sens@somersetrcc.org.uk
Twitter: @SocEntNetSom
Facebook: Social Enterprise Network Somerset – SENS

SENS is presently funded by The Big Lottery Awards for All fund, Unltd and the Yarlington Housing Group.

CIC registration number: 09802495


Keeley Rudd:

Keeley Rudd

Keeley Rudd

Keeley Rudd was appointed as CEO for the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) – a rural Charity, in January 2016 following a year as Acting CEO. Keeley joined CCS in August 2010 and has extensive experience of supporting rural communities across Somerset with a range of personalised advice including governance, business planning, funding, and enterprise advice. Keeley has levered in approximately £800k of funding for CCS since joining, in particular for the highly acclaimed Village Agents project. This follows a career as MD for a multi-national healthcare company, some time developing property and latterly, establishing a local community enterprise and supporting others to do the same.
She is a Director for the Social Enterprise Network Somerset (SENS), is passionate about supporting communities to achieve their goals, and sits on several county and district wide advisory and board groups around rural priorities.

Jon Cousins:

Jon Cousins

Jon Cousins

Jon has been employed in various forms of community engagement in the South West of England – notably working as the manager of the Avalon Fair Shares Community Time Bank in Glastonbury between 2003 to 2009, raising over £250,000 in external funds and helping to co-ordinate over 300 volunteers. The project was a great success and recognised as the ‘model example’ of a Time Bank in the UK [Sunday Express 9/11/08]. He has also co-ordinated talks, presentations, and workshops for various events and festivals, including the Green Gathering and the Sunrise Celebration, as well as helping to organise the Off-Grid Festival. Most recently, he has worked as part of the Cabinet Office’s Community Organiser Programme – listening to and engaging communities; supporting the development of third sector businesses, and, since November 2015, being part of the Department of Communities and Local Government’s COMFund programme, supporting the application of powers introduced in the Localism Act.
In addition, he is a voluntary director of several organisations, including SENS, and Avalon Community Energy Limited, a mutual ‘Community Renewables’ business, based in the Mendip District of Somerset, which raised £184,000 social investment through the issue of Community Shares to install community-owned solar PV projects in 2017.

Maddy Milnes:

Maddy Milnes

Maddy Milnes has 15 years’ experience of working at board level as a HR director within education and the NHS. She is a highly successful and well regarded HR professional with experience of large complex organisations with expertise in  organisational development, engagement and leadership development.  Having had a successful career she is now seeking to use her skills and expertise for the benefit of the local community.

Maddy is a founder member of Avalon Community Energy Limited and – for the past four years – she has also been involved in Transition Wells as a volunteer; chairing the energy group, which has developed to be a dynamic and high achieving team and have implemented a range of initiatives to support the sustainability of Wells.

She is a graduate, chartered member of the CIPD and has a MSc in Strategic Management from Bristol University.