Providing people in Somerset’s rural communities with easier access to information and services
The Somerset Village Agent service is a project of CCS and now covers over half of the county. The project uses paid, part time, highly trained individuals living in the parish ‘clusters’ they support. They help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals and statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs.
Village Agents offer a signposting and referral service with a difference
Village Agents work with all ages dealing with a wide variety of issues, although a considerable number of their clients are elderly and involves social care issues. Helping to solve these problems may, ultimately, help the elderly to remain living independently for longer. Village Agents also have the role of helping to shape services by feeding back to the appropriate body information about gaps in service e.g. transport provision. They can also motivate and support a community to respond to a local need by working together to address issues e.g. by helping them to set up a coffee morning for a group of lonely people or start a volunteer car scheme.
Our latest addition to the Agent family is our Macmillan Agent, Kristel Van der Schyff, operating in South Somerset and Mendip – read about her work by clicking here
Our Agent Map gives you an indication of who is working in your District, to find out exactly which agent supports your parish, please call 01823 331 222 to find out who your local agent is or email email@example.com
We have had a lot of new team members lately so this map may not be up to date.