Category volunteering

Volunteer heroes celebrated with Somerset Community Resilience Award

The founder of a support group and a village community group have been named as the first two winners of the inaugural Somerset Community Resilience Award. Sarah Kanah-ah, who set up Somerset Anxiety Support, and volunteers for St John’s Ambulance and the Red Cross, won the individual award. Stoke St Gregory’s Heart of the Village […]

100 reasons to make the most of Somerset’s Home Library Service

From Hogwarts to Westeros, reading has the ability to transport us to completely different places from within the comfort of our own homes – something that is even more valuable for people who find themselves housebound.  Somerset’s Home Library Service (HLS) is run by Somerset County Council with the support of amazing volunteers. It enables […]

Go the extra mile to help others as a volunteer driver

If you are over the age of 18, have a clean full driving licence and own a four-door car, you could play a rewarding role as a volunteer driver helping people get to vital medical appointments. Volunteer drivers provide a crucial transport service for non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, enabling them to get […]

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 […]

Is 2022 your year to volunteer?

The New Year is a great time to reflect and set ourselves new goals for the year ahead. If you are looking for a way to help others for your New Years’ Resolution, why not try volunteering? All you need is a bit of spare time, lots of enthusiasm, and a will to help your […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

Unsung heroes honoured at Chairman’s Awards

Selfless Somerset citizens who have gone the extra mile to support their communities have been recognised for their contributions at the Somerset County Council Chairman’s Awards. The Chairman’s Awards were recently held at Taunton Rugby Club with 16 individuals and four groups presented with certificates and pin-badges by Somerset County Council Acting Chair Councillor Mark […]

Volunteering team launches new Facebook page

A new Facebook page has been launched by Somerset County Council’s Central Volunteer Team to keep people informed about Somerset County Council’s volunteer opportunities, key updates and good news stories. Volunteering was significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many services unable to operate due to lockdown. As restrictions ease and more volunteering roles are returning […]

Thank you to Somerset’s volunteers

This week is Volunteers Week and Somerset County Council is thanking all those who helped their communities over the past 12 months and highlighting the important role volunteers will play in the year ahead. Volunteers have played a vital role in the emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic whether helping people with food support, prescription […]

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who […]