Volunteering is a two-way street – helping people give their knowledge and talents to benefit their community and receiving enjoyment, friendship and new skills in return.
Somerset County Council is always keen to recruit new volunteers – and to thank those who give up their time so freely.
Age is no barrier as proved by one of the Council’s oldest volunteers. Gordon Carter is 86 and volunteers at his local library – and the experience has opened a new chapter in his life.
He said: “The first time I had volunteered for the library I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was lovely to be able to make a bit of a fuss of the children that came along to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge and encourage them to keep reading.
“But I also really enjoyed working alongside the other volunteers, especially one teenager who I think started off being quite nervous. In the end, we really liked working together and I think she got more confident. It goes to show you can make all sorts of impacts by volunteering that you might not anticipate at the start!”
David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council said: “Volunteering can be hugely beneficial to your local community and to an individual. Acts of kindness, no matter how big or small can make a difference. We are grateful for the time and skills volunteers contribute to Somerset.”
Volunteering can be a great way to learn something new and there are lots of opportunities to volunteer with Somerset County Council. Helping children and young people is a high priority – Route 1 Advocacy offer the chance to support and speak up for young people.
Volunteer drivers use their own vehicle to provide transport for eligible people needing a lift to get to places and appointments. Drivers are reimbursed and are supported by a transport officer.