Category volunteering

Somerset’s unsung heroes and charities to be honoured

Somerset’s unsung heroes and charities are to be honoured at a special, multi-faith service to celebrate volunteering with the support of wonderful singing from both Wells Cathedral and Volunteer Choirs. Somerset High Sheriff Johnnie Halliday has, together with the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral, invited volunteers, charities and supporters to this unique celebration in […]

Be a New Year volunteer

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 […]

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 […]