Volunteering and making a difference to your community
Our Place Martock aims to get people in our community better connected and supported
Fancy making a difference in your community? Do you have some spare time? Martock has a strong community spirit. This is evidenced by the variety of organisations, groups and businesses that are run or assisted by volunteers. If you feel volunteering is for you or you can offer your services please get in touch, there is a role for everyo.
We are looking for volunteers across all services in Martock
- The Information Centre at The Market House
- Martock Job Club
- Martock Friends Group
- Befriending Service
- Youth Services
- Martock Charity Shop
- Come for Coffee
- Army Cadet adult leaders
- Scouts/Guides leaders
Our Place Martock Team will provide you with a welcome session and handbook making sure you are fully ready for your new role, and offer ongoing support and social events for Martock volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please call Tracey Smith for more information.
*some volunteering roles will require a DBS check to be carried out - Martock Our Place Team will do that for you.
Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions
Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset.
The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from other mums.
Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Wellbeing at Somerset County Council said: "Mums have told us they want more breastfeeding support from other mums. So, we are now looking to recruit mums who are positive about breastfeeding to help expectant or new mums and provide vital support in the community and in local ‘getset’ Children’s Centres.
“This support will complement the professional and specialist breastfeeding support services already available.
Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health in Somerset at Somerset County Council said: "Evidence shows breast milk provides all a baby needs for healthy growth and development and constantly adapts to meet a baby’s daily needs.
“It also protects against a number of infections and against obesity in later life. Breastfeeding helps mums as well by reducing their risk of breast cancer, diabetes and ovarian cancer.
“If you want to help other mums to start breastfeeding, and continue breastfeeding, please get in touch."
Breastfeeding Champion Volunteer opportunities are available across Somerset, which require approximately two hours a week and will be supported by a Health Visitor and by local get set centre staff.
Training for new Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions will be offered at venues across the county.
Mums who want to find out more can contact their Health Visitor, ask at their local getset service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01278 664180.
Alternatively, visit https://do-it.org/organisations/somerset-you-can-do-services
More about Somerset Breastfeeding at #somersetbreastfeeding
For further information, please contact Gill Ohlson on GOhlson@somerset.gov.uk.
Mobile: 07977 400171
Notes to Editors:
We are looking for Volunteer Breast Feeding Champions:
• have experience of breastfeeding and have a positive attitude to breastfeeding
• willing to undertake the volunteer training course
• prepared to become a volunteer, which is a voluntary role, for at least 6 – 12 months after completing the training course
• willing to have a DBS (Disclosure and barring) check done, in line with all staff and volunteers who work with or have access to children and babies in any setting
• willing to undertake safeguarding training
• willing to attend regular breastfeeding support networking / update sessions Desirable Qualities for a Volunteer Breast Feeding Champion
• to be enthusiastic about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support
• to be caring and have a non-judgmental attitude to other people
• to be able to work well as part of a team
• to be a good communicator
• to be tolerant and understanding towards people from different social, religious, ethical and cultural backgrounds
Volunteering in the Information Centre at the Market House
The Information Centre is currently looking for volunteers to fill a vacancy. The role of the volunteer is to assist with enquiries from members of the public who visit the Information Centre. The Information Centre is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm. If you have a few spare hours once a fortnight and would like a voluntary role within your local community, this could be the ideal role for you. It is a great opportunity to learn new skills and to have one your CV.
To find out more speak to Tracey on 07539 754413 or email email@example.com
Volunteering with the Side by Side Project
Could you help someone with dementia to do the things they love?
Side by Side is a free service from the Alzheimer’s Society that provides one-to one support. Side by Side volunteers help to make 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.
The Side by Side project is looking for volunteers, is it something you would like to get involved with. To find out more please click on one of the following:
Patient Participation Group
The Patient Participation Group meets monthly alternating between the Martock and South Petherton Medical Centres.
The group is looking for volunteers. If you are interested in finding out about how you Practice works and have the desire to help with the influence on the development of health services within the area, it might be the role for you.
To find out more or that you would like to join in, then please speak to a receptionist at your Medical Centre.
Lead Volunteer for Kingsbury Episcopi Baby & Toddler Group
We are looking for a special person to fully commit their time on a Wednesday morning during term-time only to run our village baby & toddler group as our leader.
You will need to be reliable, sociable and above all enjoy the company of young children and babies and be willing to set up a weekly craft activity as well as the general running/administration of the group, which consists of setting up the hall, preparation of snack and taking care of our takings etc.
In return, we guarantee plenty of fun and laughter and the ongoing assistance of our group of friendly, local Mums during the sessions.
If you would like to find out more please contact Clare Hext on 01935 826445 or firstname.lastname@example.org