Volunteering Buddy

Spark (Somerset)

Name: Volunteering Buddy
Organisation: Spark (Somerset)
Location: Wincanton and surrounding area


We want everybody to enjoy the benefits of volunteering, so we're launching a supported volunteering scheme in Wincanton. We're looking for local residents to get involved and buddy up with a potential volunteer, so that they too, can enjoy the benefits of volunteering.

We all know that volunteering can bring huge benefits to our health and well-being. Unfortunately there are some people in our community who would like to get involved but are unable to. This might be due to a physical disability, mental ill health or a learning difficulty.

Here are some examples of the kind of support you might offer:

• IT support to help someone find a volunteering opportunity.
• Introductions - accompanying a volunteer for initial meetings at their chosen charity.
• Emotional support and encouragement - until the volunteer feels confident alone.
• Practical help - supporting someone with a physical disability so that they can complete tasks in their voluntary role.

You would be matched to someone who fits in with your interests, abilities and availability. Training will be provided where needed.

This is a really rewarding opportunity to use and develop your skills, whilst helping somebody else to flourish.

For more information, contact Helen Fielden, Spark Volunteer Development Officer:
T: 07535 800944 E: helen.fielden@sparksomerset.org.uk

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Organisation Description

We have been providing practical support to the voluntary sector in Somerset for many years. Our aim is to inspire strong and sustainable communities through voluntary and community action.

We provide information, advice, training and support to charities and community groups in South Somerset, Mendip and Sedgemoor.

We represent the sector on strategic bodies, both at a District and County level.

We run the Volunteer Service across these three districts, inspiring people to get involved and make a difference in their communities.


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Cause / Interests

  • Advocacy
  • Disability
  • Learning Disablity
  • Mental Health
  • Older people

Types of Activity


Skills and Qualifications


Characteristics of a supporting volunteer:
• Someone with previous experience of volunteering.
• Is patient.
• Has some flexibility in the time that they can give.
• Understands disability and mental health issues.

A DBS check may be necessary.


Experience of working alongside someone who might be different from you.
The opportunity to volunteer in different settings.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion