Category volunteering

Natalie Dyson

Thanks to everyone for making #SomersetProud

Somerset’s five local authorities celebrated Somerset Day by thanking everyone who has helped to keep communities safe, well, and connected throughout the coronavirus emergency. Hundreds of volunteers, staff from Somerset’s councils, key workers and the NHS are working around the clock – and now the five local authorities have said: ”Thank you, you’ve made #SomersetProud.” […]

Pulling together to get food to vulnerable families in time of crisis

Struggling families in West Somerset are getting food delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to volunteers and community groups working together. Food parcels are being distributed to households in some of Somerset’s most deprived areas in a joint initiative involving volunteer groups, led by community youth hub Minehead EYE with the support […]

Volunteering in Somerset during Coronavirus outbreak

Would-be volunteers are reminded they can still help communities and those most in need during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic. The five councils in Somerset – Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and Sedgemoor District Council – are working together to coordinate a countywide network of […]

Volunteering is a two-way street

Volunteering is a two-way street – helping people give their knowledge and talents to benefit their community and receiving enjoyment, friendship and new skills in return. Somerset County Council is always keen to recruit new volunteers – and to thank those who give up their time so freely. Age is no barrier as proved by […]

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 […]