Volunteer Drivers Required

Go the extra mile and help others

If you’re above the age of 18, have a clean full driver licence and own a four-door car, why not volunteer for Somerset County Council to help others get to vital medical appointments?

By committing as little as one day per week, you could greatly help a person who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make appointments. Alternatively commit to more if that is what you choose!

Volunteer drivers provide a crucial transport service for non-emergency NHS patients and social care users enabling them to get to various locations across the county and further afield. You could also help transport children to college or to school, providing a crucial service to a young person’s academic career.

Each journey connects people with services they would otherwise miss out on. As a volunteer driver, you would be providing a vital lifeline to people in your community.

This is a rewarding opportunity to provide a valuable, practical support for people within your community and your mileage expenses will be reimbursed at up to 50p per mile. You will also be supported by a Transporting Officer from Somerset County Council’s Transporting Somerset team.

Not only will you be helping the community, it’s an excellent way of meeting new people.

To find out more visit https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk/opportunities/volunteer-driver/ or call 0300 123 2224.

Playing Fields Award

Henstridge Parish Council are pleased to announce that Henstridge has won a Commendation Certificate in the 2019 Somerset Playing Fields Association annual awards.

Chairman of the Parish Council Mr Ken Courtenay attended the Awards Presentation in Woolavington on behalf of the Parish Council to collect the award.

Henstridge is extremely lucky to have a wonderful outdoor space for all to enjoy and the Parish Council wishes to thank everyone involved in its maintenance and upkeep.

Meet your new Village Agent!

Hello, my name is Felicity Bailey and I am delighted to be writing my first message as your appointed CCS Village Agent. I am here to support individuals in the local community.

The Village Agent Project is run by the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) and funded by Henstridge Parish Council.

CCS Village Agents live in or near to the parishes they support and offer free and confidential practical support to local people. CCS Village Agents often help where others won’t, don’t or can’t. 

Some people find it difficult to get help and support they need for all sorts of reasons – they may be unsure of or do not know where to turn to, they maybe isolated or have no access to technology. Some may simply not want be a nuisance or think that no-one can help as they are not aware of what is available to them. 

As a CCS Village Agent that’s where I can help and be there for you. I will be able to support you in various issues such as benefit checks, fire safety checks or transport needs. I will be getting involved in your community and providing information tailored to your individual needs. Where there is a gap in a service and a need apparent, I hope to initiate new projects to support this, enabling positive change for people in the local community.

I will be available in the area at Loose Ends and other events so I hope to get to know the community soon.  

So, please don’t be shy, if you think I can help you, get in touch.  Let’s find out!

To contact me please call on: 07535276785

Or email: felicityb@somersetrcc.org.uk

To look at more of the work done by the Somerset Village Agent Project please see: www.somersetagents.org