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
Providing volunteer support and volunteering opportunities, local information, networking and sharing the latest guidelines on Covid-19. 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. If you are not good with online forms, or computers, or need help to fill it in please contact Sue on the number or email below.
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 to Friday 9.30am – 4.30am
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.
Want to volunteer with SPARK Somerset? We support and promote voluntary and community activity and encourage co-operation with other sectors to develop a more caring and inclusive society. We provide a pro-active and accessible services to all community groups and voluntary organisations, particularly those groups who do not have access to centralised support services.
Our services offer free, practical help, advice, support and representation of the views of its membership at local, county, regional and national level. To find out more visit our website or phone us for more information and advice about how to get involved.
*Covid update – Tech Shed is running online. Check the website or email for details.*
Bringing together people with an interest in technology, to make useful things for the community of Frome.
Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm at The Remakery, The Welshmill Hub, Frome. £3 per week with a £5 annual membership fee. Concession rates are available.
Please note that we’ve had such an incredible response to our Community Reserve Volunteer drive during the pandemic, new registrations are paused for the moment.
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 from patients 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 when any aspect of day to day care of pets pose a problem, 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 Reader is a free weekly reading group. Grab a cuppa, be with people and share stories.
Online – Tuesday afternoons via zoom – for more information email Alison below.
Phone lines are open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. You can also call this number if you are interested in volunteering for them.
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.
Remote 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 Telephone or Remote Befrienders help improve the quality of life older people across Mendip who are socially isolated and may feel lonely. Our befrienders are introduced to one of our member’s with the purpose of them ringing up or making a call through media such as Skype, to have a 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 of restricted movements, and shielding people who are vulnerable from transmission of illness by contact.
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, but most of all to provide our members with something fun and to look forward to.
If this sounds like you and you like sound of helping out, please get in touch to find out more to become part of our wonderful team.
Remote 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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Formed as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Wells Community Network CIC (WCN) is a co-ordinated network of volunteers and organisations that work together to support the local community.
Volunteers engage in an enormous variety of tasks, from supporting partner organisations, to day-to-day errands, a friendly chat, shopping, collecting prescriptions and dog-walking.
Anyone from the community is welcome to get involved and join in the teams that are most suited to their skills and interests.
The Network operates a helpline from Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with a team of friendly volunteers who are always happy to help.
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 twice 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.