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Social Media & Newsletter Volunteer
Organisation role · 2–4 hrs/Week · Starting from 1 Sept 2020
Taunton
Social Media & Newsletter Volunteer
Our 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
Chair
Organisation role · 4–8 hrs/Week · Starting from 1 Apr 2021
Yeovil
Chair
Unique opportunity to steer and develop the county team which fundraises for and supports children and adolescents with mental health issues throughout SomersetPosted by Somerset Family Counselling Trust
Job Seeker Mentor
Organisation role · 1–4 hrs/Week · Starting from 17 May 2021
Taunton
Job Seeker Mentor
Work-Wise is a Taunton charity offering free support to job seekers. We offer a variety of volunteer roles- mentors, hospitality, IT, Social mediaPosted by Work-Wise
National Support Line Volunteer (External)
Organisation role · 4–20 hrs/Week · Starting from 8 Jul 2021
From home
National Support Line Volunteer (External)
Could you provide emotional or practical support to somebody in need? We are looking for volunteers who can provide help to those who need it most.Posted by British Red Cross
Museum Volunteer
Organisation role · 1–5 hrs/Week · Starting from 1 Jan 2022
Flexible location
Museum Volunteer
Appoint a volunteer to help catalogue and sort through a number of books currently held by the Trust.Posted by West Somerset Railway Heritage Trust
Nature and creative sessions for people with dementia in Mells Walled Garden
Organisation role · 2–3 hrs/Week · Starting from 11 Jul 2022
Mells
Nature and creative sessions for people with dementia in Mells Walled Garden
Can you help us run nature and wildlife inspired creative activities to help people with dementia get active outdoors?Posted by Froglife
Volunteer for Ups and Downs Southwest
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 1 Aug 2022
Flexible location
Volunteer for Ups and Downs Southwest
Would you be interested in providing weekly support and practical help to parents who have a child or young person with Down Syndrome in their own home?Posted by Ups and Downs Southwest
Re-engage Tea Party Driver
Organisation role · 1–4 hrs/month · Starting from 23 Aug 2022
Flexible location
Re-engage Tea Party Driver
Help to combat loneliness in older people by driving them to and from tea parties in a host's home and joining them for tea. Posted by Re-engage
Re-engage Tea Party Host
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 23 Aug 2022
From home
Re-engage Tea Party Host
Host a tea party once or twice a year to help combat loneliness for older people. Posted by Re-engage
Re-engage Tea Party Coordinator
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 23 Aug 2022
From home
Re-engage Tea Party Coordinator
Organise volunteers and events to combat loneliness for older people. Posted by Re-engage
Volunteer Administration Assistant
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 20 Sept 2022
Taunton
Volunteer Administration Assistant
We are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic volunteer who can help our Project Administrator to provide support to our staff team and clients in a busy office.Posted by Langley Trust
Volunteer Befriender
Organisation role · Flexible hours · Starting from 20 Sept 2022
Taunton
Volunteer Befriender
Are you interested in becoming a Befriender to individuals who require ongoing support? Are you motivated and dedicated to helping others?
Posted by Langley Trust

Spark a Change in Somerset's Volunteer Community

Somerset boasts a vibrant VCFSE sector where volunteers are the heartbeat of community action. However, since COVID-19, many organisations are facing challenges in attracting volunteers and there's been a notable shift towards place-based volunteering, with locals preferring to make a difference in their own neighbourhoods.

To address these needs and amplify the impact of volunteering across Somerset, we are proud to launch Volunteer - your time, your way a campaign, led by Spark Somerset which aims to recruit 500 additional volunteers across the county and leave a legacy of community support and empowerment.

What we aim to achieve

  • Breaking Down Barriers: We’re dedicated to helping people to volunteer by breaking down some of the barriers that exist, showcasing unexpected opportunities, and demonstrating how volunteering can integrate into people’s busy lives.
  • Celebrating Diversity: By highlighting inspiring stories and the broad spectrum of available roles—from mentoring and environmental stewardship to unique and unconventional opportunities—we aim to attract a diverse range of volunteers.
  • Supporting Local Impact: Partnering with VCFSE organisations throughout Somerset, we will leverage our Spark a Change platform to connect volunteers with meaningful roles that make a tangible difference.

How you can get involved

  1. Explore Opportunities: Discover diverse volunteering roles tailored to your interests and availability through Spark a Change.
  2. Spread the Word: Follow @sparkachangesomerset on Instagram, join the Volunteers in Somerset Facebook Page, and use #VolunteerinSomerset and #YourTimeYourWay to share your experiences.
  3. Get Involved: Add your volunteering opportunities to Spark a Change, download our upcoming Toolkit (coming soon!), and encourage your community to participate.

Join us in making a difference

Together, let's make Somerset a better place to live. Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or new to giving back to your community, there's a role out there that’s perfect for you. Sign up today and be part of something meaningful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I find out about the volunteering opportunities?

A: Take a look at the Spark a Change website to explore our current opportunities. Alternatively, get in touch with a member of our team and you can discuss what you’re looking for or what might be the most suitable for you: [email protected]

 

Q: How do I find out if my favourite charity is part of the scheme?

A: Explore our full list of charity partners on the Spark a Change website here. Alternatively, you can visit your chosen charity’s website directly to find out more about how you can get involved.

 

Q: Can I sign up for more than one opportunity?

A: We are grateful for every offer of support and if you feel you can commit to more than one opportunity or charity, we know they would really appreciate your help!

 

Q: Can I volunteer with my friend(s)?

A: Absolutely! Explore the opportunities you're interested in and sign up at the same time to support each other. If you have any questions or run into any problems, don't hesitate to contact the organisation directly—they'll be delighted to help!

 

Q: What if I don’t have the right experience?

A: Full training is provided for each task, so there's no need to worry! Many of our wonderful volunteers choose opportunities precisely because they have no prior experience in a particular field or area and want to learn. Don't let a lack of experience deter you! Full inductions will be given at every opportunity. However, the extent and nature of the training can vary depending on the organisation and the specific role. Therefore, it’s recommended to enquire directly with the organisation you're interested in volunteering with to understand more about the role and the level of training they provide. This will ensure that you have a clear understanding of the expectations and support available before committing to a volunteer position.

 

Q: What if the type of activity I want to do isn’t available?

A: Reach out to the Spark a Change team and let them know about your interests and what you are looking for. They can suggest similar roles which may align with your interests. Alternatively, we’re adding new opportunities all the time so keep a regular eye on the Spark a Change website or take a look at the other options, which might spark your interest.

 

Q: How many days or hours do I have to commit to for volunteering?

A: It is completely up to you! Volunteering commitments are often flexible and can be tailored to suit your time, your way. Organisations typically offer a range of opportunities that accommodate various time commitments, from a few hours per week to occasional events or projects, as well as regular slots each week/month.

 

Q: I work shifts, can I still sign up?

A: Absolutely! organisations are grateful for any level of support and opportunities are available across a variety of days, times and hours. Please enquire directly with your chosen organisation or take a look at the Spark a Change website for full details and opportunities.

 

Q: I can’t support in the daytime, can I do evenings/weekends?

A: Yes! The opportunities are very flexible and cover a huge variety of roles. The Spark a Change website showcases a variety of volunteering roles that accommodate a range of availabilities, so take a look to see what works for you: www.sparkachange.org.uk/volunteer/all/opportunities .

If you still can’t find a role that covers evenings and weekends, please contact the charity directly.

 

Q: I can’t drive, can I still volunteer my time?

A: Many volunteering opportunities on the website do not require you to be able to drive. We have roles on the website that can be carried out remotely, within walking distance or are accessible by public transportation. By using the location filter on the Spark a Change website, you can easily discover volunteering opportunities that are conveniently located near you or in your preferred area. If you have specific questions about filtering locations on the website, don't hesitate to reach out to the Spark a Change team for assistance: [email protected]

 

Q: I have additional needs, can I still get involved?

A: Of course! Do check out the range of roles and opportunities via the website: www.sparkachange.org.uk/Spark-a-Change . Alternatively, make contact with your chosen charity to discuss what will be most suitable for you.

 

Q: Will I get paid?

A: No, these opportunities are voluntary only. Whilst you won't receive financial compensation for your time, the rewards come from making a positive impact, gaining experience and new skills, and building connections.

 

Q: Can my volunteer work contribute to my career?

A: Volunteer work can be a valuable asset to your career development. It provides opportunities to gain new skills, expand your network, and demonstrate your commitment and passion in a particular sector. Many employers value volunteer experience as it showcases leadership, teamwork and community engagement. Volunteering can also help you explore new industries or roles, build confidence and enhance your CV resume. Feel free to discuss your career goals with us and we will be happy to help you find volunteer opportunities that align with your professional interests and aspirations: [email protected]

 

Q: What if I don’t have the kit/tools to complete the work?

A: All resources required to complete the activity will be supplied – you bring the skills and enthusiasm; the organisation will provide everything else!

 

Q: I don’t want to be in the public domain, can I support a charity behind the scenes?

A: Of course! There is a hugely diverse range of roles and opportunities across a variety of causes. Please check out the full list on the Spark a Change website: www.sparkachange.org.uk/volunteer/all/opportunities


Q: I’ve not volunteered before, where do I start?

A: You can find a handy guide on the website: https://serverlessimageresize-imagebucket-qfkrxvnlfw1z.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/o prod/4548/3136828_1683797223325__Step%20by%20step%20guide%20for%20volunteers.pdf

Alternatively, contact your charity directly or speak to one of our friendly team: [email protected]

 

Q: How do I sign up to volunteer on the Spark a Change platform?

A: Check out our website and follow the simple steps: https://serverlessimageresize-imagebucket-qfkrxvnlfw1z.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/o-prod/4548/3136828_1683797223325__Step%20by%20step%20guide%20for%20volunteers.pdf

 

Q: What age do I need to be to volunteer?

A: Anyone can volunteer their time. Some roles will require a minimum age of 16-18, so make sure to check each role and organisation carefully before applying.


Q: I run a local business business - can I arrange a volunteering activity for my staff and colleagues?

A: Yes! We'd love to have your team involved in making a positive impact and corporate volunteering is a great way to boost team morale. Check out our corporate page for more details: https://www.sparkachange.org.uk/for-employers

 

Q: How can I stay updated on new volunteering opportunities or events with Spark a Change?

A: Check out our website for all the latest news and updates:

www.sparkachange.org.uk/volunteer-campaign