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Volunteering

 

We are proud to support volunteering and we value the contribution people make by volunteering across our services, as well as for local organisations and communities. 

We are searching for volunteers of all ages for a variety of opportunities available throughout Somerset. From helping young families in getset centres, supporting adult social care, volunteer drivers, maintaining our rights of way, supporting young people achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – there are various opportunities for you to get involved in your local community. Volunteering can:

  • open up career opportunities as you gain new skills
  • provide you with valuable experience which enhances your CV
  • help adjustment from work to retirement
  • bring a great sense of personal achievement and self-worth by contributing to the community

Volunteering opportunities at Somerset County Council. 
Somerset You can Do is working in partnership with us to develop and promote a volunteering service for some of our service areas, including Children’s Services and Adult Social Care, Transporting Somerset Volunteer Drivers and supports the co-ordination of the Somerset Active Living centres.

For more information, see Somerset Volunteer, phone 01278 664180, email youcando@cswgroup.co.uk or visit the Do-it.org website

Transporting Somerset Volunteer Drivers
We currently provide transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users. Demand for this service is growing due to Somerset’s ageing population, so more volunteers are needed. Volunteer driving is a great opportunity to help others, meet new people, improve your CV and provide a vital lifeline in your community. See more. For further details, please phone Somerset You Can Do on 01278 664180.

Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions
Breastfeeding Champions offer support and encouragement to breastfeeding women and their families to promote, protect and sustain breastfeeding in their local area. They provide factual, evidence-based information which enables mothers and families to make a fully informed choice about how they would like to feed their babies. 

Volunteer opportunities across Somerset. Find out - email publichealth@somerset.gov.uk 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Team Volunteers
By giving a little of your free time you’ll be able to help make a real difference to young people’s lives. Our DofE team needs people like you who can inspire young people to take part, encourage them to complete their programme and celebrate with them when they achieve an Award.

Our unique approach offers flexibility, not only for participants but for volunteers as well – there are loads of ways you can be part of this exciting work. Find out more about becoming a DofE volunteer.

Route1 Advocacy, Independent Visitors and Mentoring 
Route1 is a Somerset county wide service offering short term volunteer advocates to children and young people in care, children involved in child protection proceedings and specific groups of other vulnerable children and young people.

Route1 also trains supports and supervises Independent Visitors for children in care and mentors for children and young people at risk. These are long term sustained relationships aimed at making a significant difference to the lives of vulnerable young people.  All Route1 volunteers complete a training programme and an assessment procedure.

If you are aged twenty or over and interested in becoming a Route1 volunteer,
Phone: 01749 822801 or email: Route1Advocacy@somerset.gov.uk.

More information is available on our Route1 Advocacy page.

Young People Somerset
The Youth Offending Service’s Community Involvement Team is looking for volunteers

  • To act as an Appropriate Adult in support of either a juvenile or a vulnerable adult detainee and to ensure that the detained person for whom you are acting understands what is happening to them and why (not currently recruiting).
  • Panel Volunteers to work with other Panel Members and the Youth Offending Service Youth Justice Practitioners to devise individual and imaginative programmes of work to address young people’s offending behaviour
  • Reparation Volunteers to support young people to fully participate in their reparation work

For more information phone 01458 440820, or email YPSVolunteers@somerset.gov.uk

School Governors
Schools and academies in Somerset are always looking for school governors. For more information phone 01823 355757, or email aadams@somerset.gov.uk

Adult Social Care Service User Engagement Group
If you are an Adult Social Care service user and you are interested in helping us to develop our services in the future, we would like to hear from you.

We have a Service User Engagement Group which meets every two months to consider future plans, discuss the impact of the Care Act, and changes and improvements to the service.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Tim Baverstock, Acting Strategic Commissioning Manager, on 01823 359061 or tdbaverstock@somerset.gov.uk  Meetings are normally held in Taunton. Lunch and help with travel are provided.

Volunteer with the Public Rights of Way team
If you are interested in volunteering outdoors, find out how to volunteer with the Rights of way Team here

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
There are a range of volunteer roles available regarding the conserving, enhancing and promoting of our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Practical tasks include scrub clearance at Old Quarry Nunney, dry stone walling with the National Trust on Wavering Down and fencing and coppicing on Black Down. To join the group of dedicated volunteers, which is always open to new recruits, you just need enthusiasm for the activity and suitable outdoor clothing. All instruction and tools are provided.

To find out more visit www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk/volunteering or www.quantockhills.com/.

To book onto an activity, please contact mendipvolunteers@gmail.com

Somerset Heritage Service
There’s plenty of ways to get involved and support the heritage in your area.  Volunteering in museums can involve a wide range of tasks, from front-of-house to conservation, running family events and doing publicity.  To find out more visit the South West Heritage Trust website or phone 01823 278805. Other opportunities.

Volunteering with the Library Service
Volunteering opportunities in Somerset Libraries which you could support us with include:

  • Children’s activities, story times and events

  • IT support - many customers find one to one support helpful

  • Support for Library events and activities such as National Library Day; author visits; workshops.

  • Summer Reading challenge 

  • Home Library Service – delivered by the RVS providing essential support to our customers who are housebound

Come in and talk to staff in your local Library about volunteering. We will be able to offer information and can advise you on opportunities available. Please see our web page, Volunteering in Libraries to find out more.

The Voluntary Pathway Service
This service provides support to adults with learning disabilities to find and keep voluntary positions in their local communities. We support volunteers in many positions including museums, charity shops and community projects.

We meet with service users to find out the type of work they are interested in. We then support them in their search, induction and to keep up their voluntary work. Each placement is unique to that person and is based around their own interests and aspirations.

We also look for volunteers to support the users of our service to enhance their social time. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer in the Learning Disability Provider service contact us on 01460 68500 for more information.

Help in the response and recovery of emergencies 

Somerset Emergency Voluntary Agencies Group (SEVAG) is a group of Voluntary Agencies who are available for callout to help with the response and recovery in emergencies across Somerset.  Please see the Somerset Prepared website for more information.

Somerset Celebrating Volunteering
There are lots of ways for people to get involved in their community:

There is more information in the Information and Resources section of this page, and you can visit Do-it.org to see more.

National Volunteers’ Week is 1 to 7 June. Find out more, including how to nominate Somerset Star Volunteers.

Trustees Week takes place in November each year and to find out opportunities in your area visit do-it.org.

Contacts

Contact: Customer Contact
Email: generalenquiries@somerset.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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