We're looking for people in and near Wincanton to buddy up with a potential volunteer, so that they too, can enjoy the benefits of volunteering. We all know that volunteering can bring huge benefits to our health and well-being. There are some people in our community who would like to get involved but are unable to. This might be due to a physical disability, mental ill health or a learning difficulty. Here are some examples of the kind of support you might offer: • IT support to help someone find a volunteering opportunity. • Introductions - accompanying a volunteer for initial meetings at their chosen charity. • Emotional support and encouragement - until the volunteer feels confident alone. • Practical help - supporting someone with a physical disability so that they can complete tasks in their voluntary role. You would be matched to someone who fits in with your interests, abilities and availability. Training will be provided where needed. This is a really rewarding opportunity to use and develop your skills, whilst helping somebody else to flourish.
Experience of working alongside someone who might be different from you. The opportunity to volunteer in different settings. We need volunteers who are able to commit to supporting someone for as long as they need it (this could be weeks or months)
We provide information, advice, training and support to charities and community groups in Somerset. We run the county-wide Volunteer Service, inspiring people to get involved and make a difference in their communities.