Taunton Voluntary Action Closure

The Trustees of Taunton Voluntary Action has announced with great regret that Taunton Voluntary Action will cease operating as of 31st December 2013. Due to the current economic climate it has been impossible to secure sufficient funding to continue our work. 

The Trustees and staff would like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues, volunteers, members and partner organisations for their support and encouragement over the years.

 

Group Development

If you require assistance with group development or any other relevant issues, please contact one of the following organisations who may be able to help you:

South Somerset Association for Voluntary & Community Action Ltd

Unit 5

Yeovil Small Business Centre

Houndstone Business Park

Yeovil

Somerset

BA22 8WA

Telephone: 01935 475914

Website: www.ssvca.org.uk

 

Engage West Somerset

The Ground Floor,

Alcombe Village Hall,

Marshfield Road,

Alcombe,

Minehead.

TA24 6AQ

Telephone: 01643 707123

Website: www.engagews.org.uk

 

Mendip Community Support

9a Market Place

Shepton Mallet

 Somerset

BA4 5AZ

Telephone: 01749 346830

Website: www.mendipcommunitysupport.org.uk

 

Charity Commission

www.charitycommission.gov.uk

 

Volunteering

If you require assistance with any aspect of volunteering or any other relevant issues, please contact one of the following organisations who may be able to help you:

South Somerset Association for Voluntary & Community Action Ltd

Unit 5

Yeovil Small Business Centre

Houndstone Business Park

Yeovil

Somerset

BA22 8WA

Telephone: 01935 414023

Email: volunteering@ssvca.org.uk

Website: www.ssvca.org.uk/volunteer

 

Engage West Somerset

The Ground Floor,

Alcombe Village Hall,

Marshfield Road,

Alcombe,

Minehead.

TA24 6AQ

Telephone: 01643 707123

Email: vcssupport@engagews.org.uk

Website: www.engagews.org.uk

 

The Volunteer Centre Mendip & Sedgemoor

19B Monmouth Street

Bridgwater

TA6 5EQ

Telephone: 01278 457685

Email: vcsedgemoor@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.mendipcommunitysupport.org.uk

 

Do-it

www.do-it.org.uk

 

Disclosure & Barring Service

 

Due to the nature of the DBS checking service, we will be not be accepting any further DBS checking applications, after 2nd December 2013. If you have any questions regarding this please contact the DBS team.

Mendip Community Support offer a DBS checking service, contact them for further details:

Mendip Community Support

9a Market Place

Shepton Mallet

Somerset

BA4 5AZ

Telephone: 01749 346830

Email: mcsupport@mbzonline.net

Website: www.mendipcommunitysupport.org.uk

 

Find a DBS umbrella body company

www.gov.uk/find-dbs-umbrella-body

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Friendship Volunteers

SeeAbility: Fiennes House is home to 8 people, you can support them by spending time chatting to them, reading, making art/craft or cooking. Some would like support to go to the shops, music venues the pub or for a coffee.

Gardener

Priorswood Community Centre: this role is to keep the Diamond Jubilee garden outside the Priorswood Community Centre tidy.  The duties will include sweeping paths, cutting grass, weeding and planting seasonal flowers and bulbs.

Youth Cafe and NEET Job Cafe Support Volunteer

In the Mix Youth Project: To manage a Youth Cafe, some basic catering experience and kitchen skills. This opportunity is based in Wiveliscombe.

Contact us if you need any help or advice about volunteering

 

Tesco collection for Taunton Foodbank

As increasing numbers of local people in crisis turn to Foodbanks for help, shoppers at Tesco, Wellington Road Taunton will be asked to donate food items to the Foodbank on Friday 29th November and Saturday 30th November between 9am -4pm on both days.

Keith Whittaker from Taunton Foodbank said “The current economic climate means more and more people are struggling to put food on the table, even those who are in low paid work. We are truly grateful for the amazing response of people in Taunton and ask people to give what they can as we approach Christmas. Rising prices, static incomes and high unemployment are having a real impact on people on the breadline and we’re seeing increasing numbers of people turning to the Foodbank for help”.

Keith added “We really need juice, sugar, tins of meat and fish, tinned fruit, vegetables and long life milk. We have enough pasta and soup. We also encourage you to donate something extra that can be give during the Christmas period such as an advent calendar or Christmas cake”

The economic climate means that more families are struggling to put food on the table and the Foodbank needs more stock to meet demand for emergency food. Taunton Foodbank wants to help make sure that no-one in Taunton is forced to go hungry over the Christmas period, when lots of support agencies are closed or have reduced services. However to do this they are asking for your help.

Since starting in July 2012 Taunton Foodbank has provided three days

emergency food to 2,439 men, women and children in crisis locally. Of those 726 were children. Worryingly the majority of them (2229) have been seen since January when welfare changes started to take place.

The Foodbank now gives out food on Tuesday’s and Fridays between 2pm and 4pm at Unit 4, Belvedere Trading Estate, Albemarle Road Taunton.

Taunton Foodbank is part of The Trussell Trust’s UK Foodbank Network. The Foodbank provides a minimum of three days emergency food to help people through short term crisis. Each Foodbank also signposts people to other local agencies able to help resolve the underlying cause of the crisis.

Taunton Foodbank is open

Every Tuesday 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Every Friday 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Taunton United Reform Church
Paul Street
Taunton
TA1 3PF

 

Volweekly

Special needs volunteer

Taunton Opportunity Group: volunteer to work alongside members of staff supporting throughout the session. To have an understanding of pre-school children with special needs.

Coffee/Tea Makers

Priorswood Community Centre: we need coffee/tea makers for an afternoon support group, for lonely elderly residents, in the community Centre.

Befriending Volunteers

Age UK Somerset: offers a good way to volunteer if you can give a regular (but flexible) commitment of time to spend with to people who may be experiencing loneliness, isolation, lacking in confidence

 Contact us if you need any help or advice about volunteering

www.sibgroup.org.uk

Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund

The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, a new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action, has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to inspire England’s most vulnerable young people. It will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

Organisations looking to create or further develop inspiring social action programmes for young people can apply for a development, evidence or scale-up grant.

Successful organisations will have a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for the most vulnerable young people as well as be able to demonstrate strong evidence of need.

Applications can come from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, public bodies (for example Local Authorities) and businesses with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or businesses involved in the delivery of public service.

Applications are open from Friday 8 November till noon on 6 December 2013.

Apply Now

Volweekly

Publicity Volunteer

Taunton Pop-In-Active Living for over 50′s: to help promote a friendly, active project which has been going well for 5 years and needs a publicity boost!

General Assistant

We’re Eco Wood Recycling: if you are strong and willing to get stuck in then we have a volunteer role for you — Wood collection, lifting and handling wood, grading and sorting, cleaning and denailing, using the chipper and loading and unloading.

Apple Picking and Apple Pressing to make juice volunteers

Brendon Orchards Cooperative: we are an apple co-operative based in Wiveliscombe. This fruitful season means we are being offered orchards full of apples. We are looking for volunteers to help pick the apples and press the apples to make juice at our unit in Wiveliscombe. All volunteers receive share of the apple juice.

 Contact us if you need any help or advice about volunteering

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