Edventure Frome – working with young people – MAKE course
MAKE course – Young adults aged 18-35 including those who are out of work, looking for a new direction and who want to gain confidence. Spend 3 weeks in a team learning to design, make and sell products made from raw materials such as metal, wood, fabric, silver and leather. Students work with a local maker to create things to sell at the Frome Independent Market. See the website for the course times and booking form. FREE.
After the course young people can leave the course with very different ideas of what they’d like to do next. We offer MAKE students a selection of opportunities after the course finishes. What we can offer includes mentoring, coaching, workspace, workshops and group meet-ups and in exchange we ask for you to do some volunteering for Edventure.
Retirement Gateways are places where people can meet others who have retired, find out about volunteering opportunities or just meet others and make new friends.
Every three months across Mendip. Call for details.
Volunteer Frome is a project that brings together organisations looking for volunteers and people looking for opportunities to expand their skills, give something back to the community and make new friends. Visit their website to register your interest and browse the different opportunities there are for you to get involved. If you would like a one to one meeting to talk through what might work for you please email us.
Home Library Service and Befriending
Do something amazing. Volunteer. Would you like to share your love of reading with someone who is housebound and deliver library books to people in their own homes? Royal Voluntary Service is a charity and will provide full training.
Call in Time – weekly ‘friendship calls’ for the over 60s
‘Call in Time’ is a free public telephone befriending service run by Age UK. It matches volunteers with older members of the public. Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you’re used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly, weekly, 30-minute chat on the phone can make all the difference.
The calls are friendship calls and are not for counselling or bereavement support.
While we’re waiting to find a suitable match for an older member of the public, we carry out regular, short Good Day Calls with them, to make sure they don’t feel ignored. There is a criteria for example people need to be over 60, live alone or be a full time carer and be able to hear clearly over the phone.
Contact the Elderly
Contact the Elderly’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a lifeline of friendship for lonely people over 75. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month. In Mendip the service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury,Shepton Mallet, Wells and Rode.
Rode are looking to launch a second group – volunteers wanted a Drivers, hosts and group co-ordinators.
If you know or work with the older person you are referring, you can make a full referral via our online form. Once we have received the referral we will then be in touch with the older person directly. Please ensure you have the older person’s permission to refer them as well as letting them know Contact the Elderly will be in touch with them. See link below if you would like to refer someone or to go to a tea party.
Please contact to find out more or if you are interested in volunteering.
The British Red Cross
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?
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.
Provide information relating to volunteering and details of volunteer bureau across the country.
The Cinnamon Trust
The Cinnamon Trust is a national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to 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.
Volunteer in your community with Somerset You Can Do
Somerset You Can Do has been putting volunteers in touch with their community since 2008 providing community service across Somerset for children and young people, adult social care, supporting people with learning disabilities and volunteer driving.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer or to find out more about the various services we offer, call us or visit our website.
Community Connectors training
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. For more information get in touch with our Community Connector coordinator, Julie Carey-Downes.
Volunteer as a Town Ranger
The Council has been taking on more and more of the open spaces around town – many of them natural environments. It is in these spaces we hope to work with volunteers using traditional methods such as scything, mowing and hedge-laying to manage the land. We will meet once a week, on a week-day. From 10am to 3pm, with tea and lunch breaks.
We are looking for people who are fit enough to safely do the days’ work (or will be, with a bit of time) but the opportunity is open to any adult over 16 who wishes to take part.
We hope this group will not only help us manage the land, but also help people stay active, learn new skills and meet new people! If you want to volunteer in this capacity then please do get in touch. Michael Gerrard.
Volunteer at Adopt-a-Path
Fed up of overgrown stiles & gates? Can’t see signposts or waymarks? Do you enjoy walking, riding or cycling? Do you tend to use the same path regularly? Why not adopt-a-path & help us to look after it? To apply online or find out more information about volunteering please follow the links below or contact the Rights of Way Service, Somerset County Council.
Route 1 Advocacy Volunteering
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.
Active and In Touch Befriending Scheme
Active and In Touch volunteers visit and help people who have become isolated or out of touch with the community around them and gently support them in getting involved with groups or activities around them. Active and In Touch also run a weekly social group. Service based in Frome. Volunteers always welcome to contact Active and In Touch.
No referrals for the moment please. https://activeandintouch.weebly.com
Side by Side
A local charity which helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love. Side by Side is a free service from Alzheimer’s Society that provides 1:1 support, making it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, remain active and feel part of their local community.
Volunteers support them by doing things like going for a walk, to a football match, or joining a local class together, helping people with dementia to take up hobbies and get out and about. What they do together is entirely based on what the person with dementia wants. If you are interested to talk to someone about volunteering opportunities with Side by Side, please contact Joan Evans on the number below.