Category volunteering

Three opportunities to join the DoE adventure

Somerset County Council is looking for people to fill three new exciting Duke of Edinburgh Award volunteering opportunities. Whether it’s helping at the Bath & West Show, supervising at Kilve Court or assessing expeditions, each is a great way to get out into the fresh air, do something different, bolster young people’s confidence and help […]

Volunteers needed to support young people in care

Volunteers are urgently needed to help support Somerset children and young people in care have fun, gain confidence, rebuild trust and speak up for them in key meetings. Age and background don’t matter – but commitment and a willingness to connect with children and young people who need independent support are essential. Somerset County Council […]

Volunteer Drivers celebrate going the extra mile

Over 40 volunteer drivers attended a special event this week to mark the thousands of miles they travel each year driving people from across Somerset to vital medical appointments. After listening to a presentation by Road Safety experts, the volunteer drivers were each awarded a certificate by Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and […]

Volunteer Elaine wins Pride Award

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]

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 […]