We run the volunteer Service in Somerset and can help you to find your ideal volunteering opportunity.
We manage Spark a Change, a digital volunteering platform for Somerset.
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be huge! We know that volunteering can make a big difference to other people, worthwhile causes, and the whole community, but the benefits can be even greater for you!
Volunteering can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, or enhance your career. It can also improve your mental and physical health.
You don't have to offer a long-term commitment or a huge amounts of time, either. Whether you’re in it for the long-haul, or would like to get involved in a one off activity, project or event - we can help you to discover your ideal opportunity.
Whatever your motives, volunteering can spark a positive change within you, and your community! Visit www.sparkachange.org.uk to get started.
You can also sign up to the Volunteers in Somerset Facebook group to find the latest volunteering opportunities and join our online community of volunteers.
Want to volunteer with us?
We'd love to hear from anybody who is interested in supporting the following projects and initiatives.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
You can help your community by volunteering to support the Somerset Covid vaccination programme. We're looking for volunteer stewards to help out at vaccination sites across the county.
Click here to get involved.
Covid Community Champions
Covid Community Champions help their family, friends, colleagues and the wider community to make sense of the latest advice and information about Covid-19, and stay healthy and happy at this challenging time.
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll take part in a short online training session and receive regular updates on Covid-19 and other local health and wellbeing support. You can then share the information across your networks, in whatever format works.
You’ll also get to attend regular meetings with your fellow champions and talk about how things are going in your area.
You can find out more and sign up to the next training session here.
Open Mental Health Volunteer Buddies
We've talked above about the huge benefits of volunteering - it’s a great way to improve health and wellbeing and helps to create thriving, caring communities.
People who have experienced mental illness often find it difficult to get involved in community activities, including volunteering, and taking the first steps can be the hardest part. So, we're looking for volunteers to help encourage people to start the process and join the volunteering community.
You might help someone for all or part of their journey. This could involve could accompanying them for their first few sessions, until they have the confidence to do it alone, or offering practical help with things like finding an opportunity, completing forms, using IT or making phone calls.
You can find out more and apply here.
Carers Support Group Volunteers
Somerset Carers Service support groups give carers an opportunity to take a much-needed break from caring, meet other carers, and get practical advice and support.
Becoming a Carers Group Volunteer is a great opportunity to spend time with some fantastic people who spend much of their time caring for others. Whilst caring can be very rewarding, it can also be overwhelming at times, and by giving just a couple of hours of your time each month to help out at one of these groups, you could help provide the vital support that carers need.
The groups are lead by fully-trained CCS Carers Agents, but they need a little help to ensure the sessions run smoothly. You could help with a variety of tasks, from meeting and greeting and serving refreshments, to chatting with attendees and supporting the group leader.
Face-to-face groups are currently on hold, but we are still recruiting so that we're ready for when they are able to resume. You can find out more and sign up here.