Share your kindness this Valentine’s Day through volunteering 

Somerset County Council is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sharing love for the volunteers who give their support and lend a helping hand to our services. 

With a diverse range of voluntary roles available within Somerset County Council, the volunteers provide vital support, making a significant contribution to the community and our services. 

Volunteering is a great way to get involved in the community and has been shown to have significant mental and physical health benefits. It is good for meeting new people, gaining new experiences, and learning new skills. 

Somerset County Council offers a wide range of volunteer services so there is potentially a perfect match for everyone. For those who like getting outdoors there are roles with our Rights of Way team; if you want to support children and young people then a role with Route 1 advocacy may be for you. Other options include roles as school governors, minibus drivers, library volunteers, digital customer volunteers and lots more. 

Cllr Clare Paul, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Volunteering has a ripple effect of kindness; not only does it help and support our communities, but by giving our time we are also being kind to ourselves. 

“Whatever your background or experience, whether you are interested in working with people or in more of a ‘behind-the-scenes’ role based at home, there is something for everyone.” 

One area where the Council is keen to recruit new volunteers is the Home Library Service. The Home Library Service is available to anyone who is unable to visit their local library, whether they are housebound, living in long term care, or people who are vulnerable due to long term conditions or disabilities. 

Pat Richards, who is a Home Library Service Volunteer, told us about her reasons for volunteering and what it means to her: “It’s nice to give something back. Some of them don’t see many people, so it’s my pleasure to give them my company and someone to talk to. Sometimes I’m the only person they might see that day, even that week sometimes.”  

For more information on becoming a Home Library Service Volunteer, please click here: Libraries Volunteer – Home Library Service Volunteer | Somerset Volunteering

For more information about volunteering opportunities with Somerset County Council please contact the team at volunteer@somerset.gov.uk or visit our website https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/  

You can also find us on our new Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/volunteeringatsomersetcountycouncil  

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You can see Home Library Volunteers talk about what their roles mean to them here: Central Volunteer Team – Home Library Service volunteers – YouTube, and here: Central Volunteer Team – Home Library Service Lead volunteering – YouTube

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