National Volunteers’ Week: What volunteers bring to South Somerset District Council

Today (Friday 1 June) marks the start of National Volunteers' Week, highlighting the work volunteers do and the value that they bring.

National Volunteers' Week is an opportunity to celebrate the important role that volunteers play in many aspects of local community life.  It is also a chance to say "thank you" to all volunteers who help across South Somerset with the work of the District Council.

South Somerset District Council (SSDC) has a network of volunteers who help with a variety of tasks. From getting down and dirty with the practical work of looking after  the Country Parks, to helping catalogue documents and artefacts at the Community Heritage Access Centre - there are  opportunities for all.

Throughout next week, SSDC will showcase on social media the work of our loyal band of volunteers and share some of their reasons for doing it.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture said, "The contribution made by our volunteers is enormous.  We couldn't do the great things we do across South Somerset without them.  They give their time, energy and commitment and we are very grateful.

"Many people will know about the volunteering opportunities at the Country Park sites but you can also volunteer to lead exercise classes or health walks, help to seat patrons at Westlands or The Octagon Theatre, or to undertake work at our Community Heritage Access Centre.  And the list doesn't stop there.  There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and use your skills and knowledge in support of the local community."

To find out more about volunteering opportunities with South Somerset District Council visit www.southsomerset.gov.uk/volunteering.

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