Community and voluntary
If you are looking to get involved with the local community and help out with local groups, this page has all the information you need.
Please visit www.mycheddar.co.uk and sign up for the newsletter to be kept informed of local community initiatives. My Cheddar pulls together all the various local projects to share resources and skills, communicate needs for support and also reports on successes. There is always some project or other that needs community support!
See also the bodies listed on the Clubs and Charities page for other possible local volunteering opportunities.
Other local initiatives
Friends of Cheddar is a community group supporting and promoting events and initiatives in the local area, based around Cheddar Library. Find them on Facebook, volunteer to become involved in local projects and use their wall to post your community messages.
Cheddar Youth Trust helps the young people of Cheddar with their educational, professional or vocational training, encourages service to the local community and supports local kids involved in worthwhile activities in the UK and overseas. The Trust gives out funding for projects regularly throughout the year. To apply for funds for your venture visit the web site for more details.
Village SOS is a lottery funded scheme to help rural communties with local projects. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, already have a brilliant idea, or an existing business you want to grow, contact Village SOS for help. You can also visit the Cheddar page for more information on our local group.
Other ways you can create local awareness of your campaign, charity, or other local organisation are to contact the Riverside Business Club, either to join or be a speaker; get on Twitter and share your tweets with @cheddarvillage; if you have a commercial aspect, get a business listing on this site; get involved with Cheddar Traders’ events, or contact Cheddar Library about using their facilities / noticeboards etc.
Cheddar Scouts, Cubs & Beavers
If you are interested in helping to run Scouts, Cubs or Beavers in Cheddar we are always looking for volunteers, either to act as assistants or to become fully warranted leaders. It’s great fun and you will meet lots of interesting new people. For more information contact the people listed or come along to the meetings at the times and places shown here.
Blood donor sessions
These take place regularly at Church House, Church Street, Cheddar. If you are interested in giving blood or can encourage anyone you know to give blood it would be appreciated. Appointments are essential. To book an appointment call 08457 711 711 or
Cheddar in Bloom
|Cheddar in Bloom is always looking for volunteers to help maintain the planters that are located around the village. It would mean keeping an eye on them and watering/dead heading as required. If you wanted to get involved and do some more adventurous planting, that would be wonderful. We have some volunteers and are looking for more so that the tasks do not get too onerous. If you can help and would like to see Cheddar in bloom, please call 01934 744095.|
Children In Cheddar – Improve Cheddar’s Hannah More Park
Our aim is to improve the tired and uninspiring children’s play area with new equipment full of energy and imagination.
Somerset Waste Partnership manages recycling and waste services on behalf of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and West Somerset District Councils, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Somerset County Council.
Recycle For All It’s Worth is the new Somerset Waste Partnership campaign to cut costs, boost recycling and be greener. The campaign aims to help Somerset residents save millions of pounds, conserve energy, save valuable materials and prevent pollution by recycling more and throwing out less rubbish.
Click here for the latest from Recycle For All It’s Worth and the chance to become a Recycling Champion.
Somerset Libraries campaign links
Responding to development plans for Cheddar
For those interested in plans for developments in Cheddar, here are some useful links:
Tescopoly.org Alliance - concerned with negative impacts of supermarket power
Tesco Bridgwater (Sedgemoor Splash site) – ongoing discussions about new store plans
Tesco plc - community support programmes
Other Tesco proposal sites - Stourbridge | Seaton | Welton
Sainsbury’s Cheddar proposal site
J Sainsbury corporate responsibility - case studies
Sainsbury’s at Odd Down, Bath - a nearby store template
Other Sainsbury proposal sites - Thame | Malmesbury | Portishead
We Like Milngavie - diary of a Tesco proposal that was appealed and rejected
The Big Society
The Big Society Network is an organisation being set up by frustrated citizens for frustrated citizens, to help everyone achieve change in their local area. Find out more at the Big Society web site.
Some initiatives associated with the Big Society theme are:
Twixtmas - use the 5 days between Christmas and New Year to change your world for the better.
Help From Home - Micro-volunteering tasks which can be done from home, even in your pyjamas.
Just for the love of it - the freeshare / “freeconomy” alternative community – share skills, services and knowledge for free with others in your area.
Homestart Bridgwater Support for families – Home-Start offers friendship and support to parents with young children so that every child can have a good start in life.
Volunteers make a vital contribution to all aspects of community life, but not only that, volunteering can also bring many benefits for volunteers themselves such as Improving your CV, your skills and self-confidence, meeting new and interesting people, it even improves yours your health and general well being.
Volunteers can do almost anything! From helping an elderly neighbour with their shopping, to providing legal advice for
a local charity, assisting wardens on a nature reserve to working in a local shop. There are many organisations in Cheddar and the surrounding area that need your help.
For a full list of vacancies please contact Sedgemoor Volunteer Centre.