COVID-19

We’re delivering a range of support and initiatives to help our communities to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid Confident Communities  

Whether you’re running a community group, managing a group of volunteers, or are a volunteer working directly with the public, the Covid Confident Communities booklet has been designed to help you get out and about and gather safely again. It will also be useful for anybody who is looking to reopen a community building and accommodate everyone safely.  

Download your free copy here

Volunteer Recruitment 

We’re looking for volunteer Vaccination Support Marshalls to support the vaccination centres in Taunton and Bridgwater.  

This important role involves stewarding in the car park and ensuring that the people who come in to have their vaccinations feel safe and welcome. 

Find out more and apply here.

Vaccination Buddies 

Our team of Vaccination Buddy Volunteers are fully trained by Public Health at Somerset County Council and can offer 1-2-1 advice and information to anybody who has questions or concerns about having the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Find out more here.

Covid Community Champions  

Covid Community Champions help their family, friends and the wider community to understand the latest guidance around Covid-19 and can also signpost to other health and wellbeing support. 

Find out more here.

Funding Support 

The Somerset Funding Portal contains the latest local, regional and national funding information for Somerset’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, and has a dedicated Covid-19 category.  

You can also get expert 1:1 guidance from our Funding Team.  

Find out more here.

Digital Inclusion 

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digital inclusion. Our Spark iT project aims to tackle digital exclusion and improve access to online health and wellbeing services in Somerset.  

Find out more here

VCS Emergencies Partnership

We are a member of the VCS Emergencies Partnership and the local liaison lead for Somerset.

Co-chaired by the BRITISH RED CROSS and NAVCA, the VCS EMERGENCIES PARTNERSHIP is a growing family of traditional emergency response players, a range of community and local infrastructure organisations, and local and national government agencies.

The Partnership’s aim is to improve collaboration at national and local levels before, during and after emergencies, helping communities prepare, respond and recover. 

Find out more here.

Do you need further support?

Our Voluntary Sector Advice Team is working across Somerset and can provide a range of information, guidance and support. Please get in touch via Live Chat (below) or email support@sparksomerset.org.uk.