Leader praise for volunteer effort

Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr John Osman has praised the work of Somerset’s army of willing flood relief volunteers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week, which runs from 1 to 7 June and celebrates the fantastic contributions that volunteers make across the country.

Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr John Osman said: “I would like to thank all of the volunteers across Somerset that do so much to help others and contribute in their own communities and beyond.

“Earlier in the year, parts of Somerset experienced major flooding when the value of our volunteers was there for the world to see. Communities pulling together to work along-side public services and other organisations in a time of crisis; they were, and still are, absolutely fantastic.

“I want to thank all of the volunteers who contribute so much to their communities and their county. Volunteers are unsung heroes who step-up to the mark on a daily basis across Somerset and truly are the heartbeat of our county.”

Somerset Emergency Volunteers are also celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers Week with the support of Somerset County Council.

SEV has been set up with funding from Somerset County Council and is now coordinating the many volunteers who have made a priceless contribution throughout the floods and into the recovery.

The Volunteers have cleared flood damaged properties, cleared streams, cleaned flood damaged gardens, removed trees, cleared hedges and ditches.

Paula Blight, Chief Officer from Mendip Community Support said: “The volunteers have been a lifeline to the community here on The Levels – other parts of the country flooded but it was only Somerset where communities worked together, the volunteers are a brilliant example of the valuable contribution volunteers can make.”

For more information on becoming a volunteer and to find out more about what’s going on in your area during Volunteers’ Week, please visit: www.scvolunteering.com.

Volunteering opportunities can also be found at: www.do-it.org.uk.

  • Somerset Emergency Volunteers are managed by Mendip Community Support and South Somerset Association for Voluntary Community Action (SSVCA)
  • A series of Somerset Celebrating Volunteers events and exhibitions will be hosted at Bridgwater Library, Frome Library, Minehead Library, Yeovil Library and Taunton Library during Volunteers’ Week.
  • The events will be open during normal library opening times with opportunities to discuss volunteering, find out what activities are happening in your area, and how to recognise the work that Volunteers do by visiting www.scvolunteering.com
  • For more information on Volunteering please contact Bryan Mitchell from Somerset You can Do bryan.mitchell@somersetyoucando.org.
  • If you are interested in youth volunteering opportunities, visit the Volunteering Network website at www.volunteernetwork.org.uk or Tel: 01458 836130.
  • Volunteering for Somerset County Council Social Care Services or other opportunities in the community visit www.somersetyoucando.it or call 01278 664 180
  • For information about volunteering opportunities with Somerset County Council, visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/volunteering or phone: 0845 345 9166.