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Help Build a Hinkley Legacy in Somerset (looking for independent volunteers)

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for volunteers to join the EDF Energy Community Fund Awards Panel to help communities affected by the Hinkley Point C development and build a lasting legacy in Somerset.

SCF will be managing the EDF Energy Community Fund, which is part of the ‘Section 106’ mitigation measures agreed through the planning process. The fund is designed to lessen the impact of Hinkley Point C on the local communities by supporting projects that improve the social, economic and environmental well-being and enhance overall quality of life.

The Awards Panel will include representatives from EDF and SCF trustees, as well as local councils, but the Foundation is also looking for up to three independent volunteers to help make decisions on applications to the multi-million pound fund and provide advice to the SCF Board on the overall fund strategy.

Justin Sargent, CEO of Somerset Community Foundation, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who knows Somerset well – particularly the area around Hinkley Point C – and who can think and act independently. If you are committed to improving the well-being and quality of life in local communities, we’d be really interested to hear from you.”

To find out more about the role, visit  or apply by sending  your CV and a covering letter to or by post to: Somerset Community Foundation, Yeoman House, Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6QN.

The deadline to apply is Friday 7 July, 2017 at 5pm, and shortlisted applicants will be interviewed during the week beginning 17 July, 2017.

The first call for grant applications to the EDF Energy Community Fund is expected to be in the autumn of this year. Meanwhile the Community Impact Mitigation Fund, managed by West Somerset District Council, is already in operation and can be accessed through their website.