What is Engage?

Engage Voluntary Sector Development is a registered Charity (No. 1123668) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (No. 06257697) established in May 2007.

Our objectives are:

To promote any charitable purpose for the benefit of the community in the County of Somerset and, in particular, the advancement of education, the protection of health and the relief of poverty, distress and sickness.

To promote and organise co-operation in the advancement of the above purposes and bring together representatives of voluntary organisations and statutory authorities in the County of Somerset.

On its formation, Engage incorporated the former West Somerset Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) that had been founded in 1985.

Engage has a Management Committee, whose members are also the formal Trustees of the Charity and undertake their roles on a voluntary basis.The Chair of Engage is Tom Winsborough and the Chief Officer of Engage is Katrina Midgley.

How is Engage Funded?

Engage is a non-profit-making organisation, with some financial support being provided by both district and county councils. Where appropriate additional funding is sought to support specific projects.

When available, Engage’s income is augmented from any surplus generated by its Furniture Re-use operation, based in Minehead.

This income is used wholly to support the achievement of the above objectives.

More information on Engage’s finances can be found in its annual accounts, which are published on the Charity Commission website.

Donations to Engage can be made directly – please phone 01643 707123 or call in or write to the Engage offices at Alcombe Village Hall (please click for contact details).