young peopleAll volunteering is rewarding but supporting services that help children and young people can be very fulfilling and one of the most rewarding things you may ever do.

Somerset County Council’s dedicated Children Services teams are ready to welcome you on board and support you in volunteering with them. They recognise and value the contribution volunteers make, the skills and enthusiasm they bring and how their local knowledge adds value to the services they provide.

Take a look at each service below and see which one you’re most interested in. Remember you are welcome to choose more than one if you wish.

Short Breaks

The basic needs of disabled children are no different from those of any other child, however it is recognised that disabled children may have an additional need or face additional barriers.

Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team help and support children and young people 0-18 years with a disability or additional need as well as their families, enabling them to try new things, have fun and engage with their local community.

Read more about Short Breaks

Young Carers

Young carers include children and other young people under 18 who provide regular or ongoing care and emotional support to someone in their family who needs care.
If you become a Young Carers’ volunteer you can help them to enjoy a time away from their responsibilities.

Read more about Young Carers


getset’s  mission is to provide children, young people and their families with the best possible start in life. Support is provided via Children’s Centres for children aged under five as well as their families. This support includes things like pre-birth parenting classes, health visitor support and parent support groups.

Read more about getset

Leaving Care

Somerset County Council’s Leaving Care Team supports young people aged 16-25 who are in transition from Care to Living Independently. The team are seeking motivated, enthusiastic and flexible individuals to become Positive Living Support Volunteers.

Read more about Leaving Care

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

UASC Teams and volunteers support children who have come to the UK and are applying for Asylum because of a risk to their life or threat of persecution. These children may have more complex needs than other children and young people in care.

As a volunteer with UASC you can help support and guide them to settle in, gain confidence in and an understanding of their local area and the wider community – including taking part in activities that interest them.

Read more about UASC