The British Red Cross needs volunteers in Somerset and Bristol to step forward and help vital local services to run.

The charity is asking people to give up some of their free time to support people in their community.

Independent Living Service Volunteers are needed to support people who are leaving hospital in Somerset, helping them to build their confidence and adjust to being at home again. Volunteers can help by doing things as simple as getting essential shopping items, picking up prescriptions or turning someone’s heating on.

The charity is also recruiting Transport Support Volunteers to help people to get to essential oncology appointments in Somerset and Bristol. Attending hospital appointments can be a stressful experience for many people, especially when you don't have the means to get there or return home. British Red Cross volunteers play a vital role, supporting people who often live alone or have mobility challenges get to crucial appointments.

Gemma Wood, British Red Cross Service Coordinator for Independent Living in Somerset, said: “We have a real need for more people to come forward to help us run our vital services. Our volunteers make a huge difference to people in the South West living in crisis and desperately need support, whether that’s helping people adjust to being at home after a long stay in hospital or supporting them to get to essential medical appointments.

“Volunteering with us is a win-win. Not only do you get to help your local community, but you can also get an enormous amount of fulfilment from it too. Whatever your background, if you have some time to spare, you should consider volunteering with our amazing, kind and inclusive team.”

Applicants will need to be able to volunteer regularly, and must be at least 18 years old. To apply for the Transport Support Volunteer role and find out more, click here. To apply for the Independent Living Service Volunteer role and find out more, click here. Alternatively, you can call 01823 273707 or 07925 638091 to find out more.