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Mental Health Awareness Week

#connectwithnature

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is nature, in recognition of its unique ability to lift our spirits and improve our wellbeing.  


This year’s campaign aims to inspire people to connect with nature in new ways and a great way to do this is by volunteering with a local wildlife or conservation charity.  


Volunteering can also be hugely beneficial to our physical and mental health, so when you combine the two, volunteering in the great outdoors could have be just what the doctor ordered to improve your overall sense of wellbeing!


Don't just take our word for it - you can read some inspirational stories of those who have benefitted from volunteering in nature on our blogs page.


Want to get involved? We’ve handpicked a selection of exciting opportunities to volunteer in nature below. 

Volunteering in nature opportunities

1–5 hrs/wk
Yeovil
Executive and Non-Executive Trustee rolesAs the guardians of purpose; trustees safeguard the trust's assets, purpose and reputation, & are responsible for overall management & strategic direction.Posted by Yeovil Rivers Community Trust
2–4 hrs/wk · Starting from 1 Sep 2020
Taunton
Social Media & Newsletter VolunteerOur campaign is lifting off! We need a Social Media expert who can transform our good news stories into very clickable posts & tweets!Posted by Taunton Area Cycling Campaign
2–3 hrs/wk
Wincanton
GardenersLooking for green fingered volunteers who love being outdoorsPosted by The Balsam Centre
Anytime
Frome
Wildlife gardening workshops for people living with dementiaSupporting older people living with dementia, and their carers, to get active outdoors and learn about gardening and wildlife.Posted by Froglife
1–3 hrs/wk
Wincanton
Walk Leader / Co-leaderNeed to get out more? Want to walk with other people? Become a Walk Leader! Posted by The Balsam Centre
Anytime
Taunton
Wessex Water GuardianIn partnership with Wessex Water, Somerset Wildlife Trust are piloting a new volunteer scheme to help monitor the health of our water ways.Posted by Somerset Wildlife Trust
0–1 hrs/wk
From home
#2minute Litterpick VolunteerWe work to protect. promote and enhance the countryside in Somerset. Could you collect litter in your local area and make a real difference to the countrysidePosted by CPRE Somerset
3–9 hrs/wk
Shepton Mallet
Maintenance VolunteerJoin the team and provide much needed help with the general maintenance of the animal shelter’s buildings, site and grounds. Posted by Happy Landings Animal Shelter
3–6 hrs/wk · Starting from 10 Jun 2021
From home
FundraisingIf you have experience in FUNDRAISING or you'd like to receive training in bid writing skills, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you.Posted by Somerset Rail to Trail Project
1–6 hrs/wk
Yeovil
Westfield Community Garden volunteerWe are looking for individuals to support the development and ongoing work at the new and exciting Westfield Community Garden project in YeovilPosted by Westfield Community Garden
3–14 hrs/wk
Yeovil
Painter/repairer to help with maintenance of our lovely grounds.We have wildlife gardens, ponds, flower beds and vegetable garden. There are 2 summerhouses, two chalets and several sheds which all need maintenance.Posted by Open Pathway Retreat Centre
1 hrs/wk
Flexible location
Fundraising TrusteeIf you have experience in fundraising and would like to support an independent branch of the RSPCA in South East Somerset, we would love to hear from you!Posted by RSPCA South East Somerset Branch
2 hrs/wk
Shepton Mallet
Gardening VolunteerBe a Gardening Volunteer and join our little team to help maintain and develop our green spaces!Posted by Happy Landings Animal Shelter