Public-spirited Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county.
There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting your local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
All you need is a little bit of spare time, lots of enthusiasm and a 2020 vision to give something back to your community.
With busy lives, it can be hard to find the time to volunteer. However, the benefits can be huge and you can achieve so much. You can:
- Make a difference to the lives of others
- Gain confidence and self esteem
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
- Feel good
- Meet new people and make new friends
- Give back to the community
Georgina, who volunteers in her local library, explains what it means to her:
She said: “It has given me something regular to focus on during the week. The team is great to work with and I can see a definite progression in the skills that I have, which looks great on my CV. I also love meeting new people and being involved with the special library events too.”
Martin from Cheddar started volunteer driving in 2016 and said: “I’m probably unique in that I’m not retired but self-employed. You meet interesting people and you’re doing a valuable thing for the community. It’s for people who wouldn’t be able to get out of the house without you. Give it a go!”
There are lots of reasons to come forward as a volunteer but loving what you do is vital. Just find something you are passionate about and that feels right for you. Need inspiration? Click on the links below to find out more:
Somerset County Council: Volunteering opportunities across the county: email Volunteer@somerset.gov.uk ; call 01823 359200 website: https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/
Volunteering opportunities in South Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor: call 01460 202970; website: https://www.sparksomerset.org.uk/volunteer
Volunteering opportunities in Taunton and West Somerset: call 01643 707123 website: https://www.engagews.org.uk/
David Fothergill, leader of Somerset County Council said: “Volunteering is hugely rewarding and we are grateful to all those who give up their time to help their community. There are so many opportunities available across the county.
“The New Year is the ideal time for us all to ‘reset’ so I would encourage people to volunteer and make 2020 the year to volunteer.”