Category volunteering

From the Levels to Latin America

  The overwhelming volunteer response to severe flooding in Somerset in 2013-14 is sending ripples across the world – reaching as far as South America. Huge numbers of people stepped forward to help communities on the Levels and Moors after water levels rose, flooding homes, businesses and roads. In the wake of the emergency, Somerset […]

Step forward and volunteer

‘Step forward, volunteer and you’ll never regret it’ says Somerset County Council Leader, Cllr David Fothergill, this National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). This echoes the many comments from some of the County Council’s 175 volunteer drivers who say they find volunteer driving ‘rewarding’, ‘fulfilling’ and ‘satisfying’. Volunteer drivers take people who are unable to drive […]

Pass on your love of reading

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading to Somerset children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers. Volunteers need to be […]

Put a ‘Spring’ in your step – Volunteer!

Adopt a path, drive people to vital medical appointments, help in a library or help out in Somerset’s outdoor activity centres – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to put a spring in your step this spring. With the launch of Somerset County Council’s new dedicated volunteering website (https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk), it couldn’t be easier with all […]

Somerset Wood: Help plant the trees please

Volunteers looking for a healthy start to 2019 are being urged to join the first big tree-planting initiative for the Somerset Wood. The first batch of 1,200 broad-leaved trees will be delivered by The Woodland Trust in the first two weeks of 2019 and organisers want to get them in the ground before the end […]

Could you help and support a young person?

Volunteers who can speak up for and support young people are being sought by Somerset County Council. Adults are needed across the County to give a helping hand to children and young people who may need a bit of extra support by becoming advocates or ‘independent visitors’ through the Council’s Route 1 advocacy service. Advocates […]

Thank you, Volunteers!

A number of celebratory events and activities are planned to take place during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to thank and honour Somerset’s thousands of unsung heroes. Volunteers are invaluable in improving lives, giving as little or as much of their time to help others, the environment and communities. Evidence also shows volunteering is good […]

Blackdown Youth Club achieves quality award

A popular youth club near Taunton run by community volunteers has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Blackdown Youth Club in Corfe, now in its fourth year, offers a range of activities as well as exploring topics like healthy eating and social media safety. The club provides a safe and relaxed place for […]

Somerset volunteers encouraged to consider fostering

The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) volunteer service is joining forces with Somerset County Council’s Fostering Team to help the search for more foster carers in Somerset. This year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign (14 – 27 May) will not only focus on the urgent need for Somerset based foster carers, but also […]

Costa Coffee Supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa Coffee, to help the search for Foster Carers and Adopters. The coffee chain is, once again, supporting the cause as part of its Project Inspiration Community Initiative. They are providing space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out […]