Living and feeling better can start with a simple step-connecting. Health Connections Mendip is provided by your Mendip GP practices to improve your health and wellbeing.
Active and In Touch are a local charity that offer support to people who have become isolated or out of touch with their local community. Their volunteers offer ongoing befriending support to anyone who feels isolated or lonely in Frome and the surrounding villages. As well as a befriending service, they and can help individuals to engage with local groups or activities.
In addition they also run a volunteer community driving service to help individuals take safe essential journeys (ie to their GPs or to a Vaccination centre).
If you are interested in volunteering for Active and In Touch please get in touch via the email below.
Community Connectors are members of the community who signpost and inform, friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about how to access support groups, services and information that might help improve their health and well being. If you would like to become a Community Connector, it is not about adding another job to your already busy day, but about using appropriate opportunities to inform people about the support that is out there.
Training for these voluntary roles is free and takes place throughout the year, currently on Zoom. For more information visit our eventbrite page Health Connections Mendip Events | Eventbrite
This is not a garden maintenance service. Rather, the aim is to establish mutually beneficial partnerships between frustrated gardeners and garden owners, providing guidance and support to both parties to foster a successful collaboration. Offers a simple and user-friendly platform for connecting individuals on allotment waiting lists with those willing to share their gardens.
Providing volunteer support and volunteering opportunities, local information and networking. The Network can help people with small shops, picking up prescriptions or errands to support those who are unable to go out.
The website is one-stop-platform of information, including local support organisations and businesses. People can make requests for support via the website, and donations can also be made to support the work of the Network.
The Volunteer Network are running this allotment project every Tuesday and Wednesday in Glastonbury. They are looking for people who want to get involved in outdoor projects, have an interest in growing produce or want to improve their knowledge and understanding of growing their own food. This project enables participants to gain knowledge to improve their diet and nutrition. It is great for fitness and strength.
If you are interested, please visit their website and complete the online sign up form or contact Sue on the number below.
The Heritage Café runs every third Friday of the month from 11:00am – 12:00pm at The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Frome, BA11 1BE.
It’s a place to come and find out what heritage activities are going on in the local area, organisations you can become involved with, and how heritage can be beneficial for your health and well-being.
Everyone is welcome so no need to book in advance.
Dates for 2023: 16th June, 21st July, 18th August, 15th September, 20th October, 17th November & 15th December.
To book a driver please contact Link at least 2 working days before your appointment to ensure they have enough time to organise transport. Phones are answered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am – 4.30am
Get outside on the farm! Join Paddington Farm in Glastonbury for a morning’s work on the farm, or in the organic vegetable garden, before coming together to share a tasty lunch (made using organic produce).
Tasks vary according to the season, but may include planting and weeding, tree work, fencing, or helping with the apple juice enterprise. You’ll be part of a friendly, welcoming group and you can work at your own pace. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary.
Volunteer days are every Wednesday, from 9.00am to 1.00pm.
Contact Paddington Farm for further details or to reserve your place.
Health Connections Mendip run a postcard project in Frome and the surrounding area. Anyone can get involved. If you’d like to receive a free regular postcard from one of our writers do get in touch.
If you’d like to become a writer we have a induction process and a project worker to support our writers.
Re-engage has been providing social contact for older people for over 50 years. This free service provide monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties and regular friendly phone chats. The tea parties are a lifeline of friendship for lonely people over 75.
The service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Rode and you can refer someone, with their permission, on the website HERE.
If you would like to refer anyone to our Call Companions use our online form HERE and we will then be in touch with the older person directly.
Are you a problem solver, do you like a challenge? Could you use your life experience to help a child or young person having a tough time? For more information please contact Route 1 Advocacy. This volunteer role requires a criminal background check via the disclosure procedure.
‘Volunteer Saturdays’, at Vallis Veg every 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from midday until 3pm. Volunteers are required to help and maintain the forest school site and allotments. Nearest postcode to the site is BA11 3EA.
Spark a Change is a countrywide volunteering platform offering hundreds of opportunities across Somerset. Volunteering can help you to connect with your community, find friends and gain new skills. It can also boost your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Our team are on hand to offer volunteering support, advice and guidance.
Please visit our website to discover volunteering opportunities and spark positive change in your community.
Spark Somerset support and champion Somerset’s voluntary and community organisations to help change lives and build healthy, resilient communities. They share information, advice, training, and support to charities and community groups, sharing our expertise, building partnerships, promoting volunteering and advocating on the sector’s behalf.
Bringing together people with an interest in technology, to make useful things for the community of Frome.
A mix of online and in-person sessions held at The Remakery, The Welshmill Hub, Frome. Annual membership is £5, with a small charge for in-person sessions.
Concessions available. See the website for details.
Looking for volunteers for their ‘Support at Home’ service which helps people on a short term basis who may need some support and help when they are first discharged from hospital. This could include collecting patients from hospital on the day of discharge then taking them home, or helping people settle back in at home, going shopping or befriending.
Full training is given and as a trained volunteer you can have the rewarding experience of helping others remain independent in their own homes. Could you spare a few hours to help support someone in need?
The Cinnamon Trust is a national network of community service volunteers that provide practical help to people over 65 years of age or anyone in the final stages of a terminal illness. The service covers any aspect of day to day care of pets, for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital. Volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited. For more information about the service or to become a volunteer please call us or visit our website. Please note referrals need to be done by the individual.
The Pod is a local charity supporting individuals with additional needs. The charity creates opportunities and provides safe, supportive, sociable, and enterprising spaces that improve the quality of life for young carers as well as children and adults with disabilities and their families.
They run a weekly youth club, a weekly social group and other various fun community groups. For more information on the various groups they run please visit their website.
Additionally the charity is launching a new scrapstore in Frome with their members at the heart of the project. If you would like to find out more about the various volunteering opportunities with Pod please contact them for more information.
The Reader is a free weekly reading group. Grab a cuppa, be with people and share stories.
Online – Tuesday afternoons (2.00-3.30pm) via zoom – for more information email Alison below. Every other week it alternates with a wellbeing session.
Phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can also call this number if you are interested in volunteering for them.
Shared reading brings stories and poems to life through through reading aloud and open conversation. The Reader are currently looking for people in Somerset to train to lead Shared Reading groups in their local community. Volunteers get a free training course and ongoing support from a thriving community of Reader Leaders at The Reader. To find out more information please contact Laura Merritt on the contact details below.
If you love getting out and about and being active in the Somerset countryside then this is the role for you! As a Rights of Way volunteer, you will ‘adopt’ a path or paths to walk. You will regularly (3 or 4 times per year) carry out light cutting back of vegetation from around signposts, gates and styles as well as reporting any problems encountered on local rights of way to the Rights of Way team. This role can fit around you and your schedule and could even be combined with walking the dog! The trail watcher scheme is very similar to the adopt a path scheme but on one of our five promoted routes and includes assisting in an annual survey of the chosen trail. Our fantastic Rights of Way Volunteers make it possible for people to continue to enjoy the Somerset countryside and access rights of way.
Volunteer driver service to take people to appointments, shopping and social visits (not hospital appointments)within Street. 60p per mile plus £2 standing charge or 30p per mile of you have a bus pass.
This is a new service and volunteer drivers are needed. Joint project with the Crispin Centre and Community Union. Call into the Crispin Centre or call for the volunteer details.
Booking line open Monday & Wednesday 9.30-2pm and Thursdays 10.30-3pm
Face to Face or Telephone Befriending/Companionship Calls for the over 55s across Mendip
Can you spare an hour a week to brighten up someone’s day? If the answer is “Yes” then we would love to hear from you.
We are looking for more wonderful friendly volunteers to facilitate our expanding service to befriend older people on a one to one basis across Mendip.
Our Volunteer Face to Face or Telephone Befrienders help improve the quality of life for older people across Mendip who are socially isolated and may feel lonely. Our befrienders are introduced to one of our members with the purpose of meeting or calling them to have fun and friendly chit chat for up to an hour to help the person feel less isolated. Keeping connected is particularly important at this time.
The aim of our befriending service is to reduce isolation and loneliness, provide a platform for our members to feel part of a nurturing community and support network. Most of all, to provide our members with something to look forward to.
If this sounds like you and you like sound of helping out, please get in touch to find out more about becoming part of our wonderful team.
Face to Face or Telephone Befriending/Companionship Calls for Shepton Together Friendship Service
Are you from Shepton Mallet and can you spare an hour a week to brighten up a fellow Shepton residents day?
If the answer is “Yes” then we would love to hear from you.
Shepton Together is a new friendship service set up especially for the community of Shepton Mallet, offering volunteering opportunities to befriend, connect, and help local people – during and after Covid19.
Our mission and purpose is to combat isolation and loneliness, and to reengage people who have become less connected with their community. But most of all to provide our members with something fun and to look forward to.
We invite you to volunteer with Shepton Together, where together we will find enjoyment and fulfilment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of people living in our community.
To find out more, please get in touch by calling our friendly team.
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Volunteer network who can help in several ways including sharing a friendly chat, helping with shopping, delivering prescriptions and more. Call the helpline Monday- Friday 9am-5pm.
Opportunities for volunteering available.
Windsor Hill Wood is a small family based woodland community close to Shepton Mallet. The project offers refuge to people who are finding life difficult and may be experiencing depression or addiction issues. Some have been homeless; others have lost confidence and need respite to regain self worth, learn new skills and feel able to contribute to the community and the wider world. As a Christian home offering hospitality, part of rhythm of life includes the opportunity to pray silently together once a day in a small chapel – however attendance is optional. Please get in touch using the details below if you or someone you know could benefit from staying at Windsor Hill Wood.
20 volunteers in the village. They offer shopping, dog walking, phone chats or distance chats, etc. for people in Witham Friary or just outside.