Somerset County Council celebrates National Volunteers’ Week

Somerset volunteers will be the stars of the show next month as the County Council, local groups, organisations and charities celebrate National Volunteers Week.

This year’s celebrations are taking place between 1-12 June to coincide with a celebration of the Queen’s lifetime of to more than 600 charities and organisations. In Somerset this will include the announcement of the district ‘Somerset Star’ awards.

Voluntary organisations and members of the public were asked to nominate their ‘Somerset Star’ volunteers who deserve special recognition for the voluntary work they do.

Last year’s joint County Star Volunteer winner, Peter Salisbury, said: “I was honoured when the Society nominated me for the South Somerset Star Award and even more surprised when I won.

“The thing I learnt most about my time volunteering with The Alzheimer’s Society is that every contribution helps.  Add everybody’s efforts together and you create a force that can overcome anything and also shows people in need that someone cares, sometimes this is the most important thing of all. If I could recommend one thing, it would be that you consider becoming a volunteer, it will be the best decision you make this year.”

Councillor Christine Lawrence, Chairman of Somerset County Council, said: “Volunteers do so much to help others and this is a chance to recognise the fantastic work they do. National Volunteers’ Week is a time to celebrate volunteering and say thank you to the people who give up their time, energy and skills to help others. It’s also a perfect opportunity to promote and encourage more people to get involved – and it can also be a great way to enhance your CV and career prospects.”

There are lots of great opportunities available through the new Somerset Volunteer Service (SVS). Funded by the County Council and provided by Somerset You can Do, it matches people to opportunities that support or enhance valuable County Council services.

This could mean helping young families in getset centres; supporting people with learning disabilities to take part in sports or get out and about in their community; or being a volunteer driver taking people to health appointments.

You can find more information about Somerset County Council volunteering opportunities via www.somersetyoucando.org  To find out more about other volunteering opportunities in your community, why not visit https://do-it.org/ or contact your local volunteering centre.

To find out more about what’s going on in your local area during National Volunteers Week or who to contact for support, including voluntary organisations, visit www.scvolunteering.com/.