Somerset Village Agent Project

Somerset Village Agent for Barrington

The Somerset Village Agent project is run by the Community Council for Somerset (CCS) and now covers half of the county.  The project uses paid, part time, highly trained individuals living in the parish ‘clusters’ they support.  Village Agents help to bridge the gap between isolated, excluded, vulnerable and lonely individuals & statutory and/or voluntary organisations which offer specific solutions to identified needs. We work with people of all ages and deal with a wide variety of issues although a considerable number of our clients are elderly and involves social care issues.     

The objectives of the Somerset Village Agent project are to: 

*  Ensure that people receive the benefits they are entitled to 

*  Direct people to organisations that can help them 

*  Ensure people living alone are not forgotten 

*  Make the local community aware of social problems in their area 

*  Offer advice, particularly to the elderly 

*  Locate people who are lonely and need help such as food or local services 

*  Advise on energy problem and how to save money

Helping to solve these problems may, ultimately, help the elderly to remain living independently for longer.  Agents also have the role of helping to shape services by feeding back to the appropriate body information about gaps in current services e.g. transportation.  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.

Audrey Mansfield is the Village Agent for Barrington and several surrounding villages.  She has been in post for nearly three years working in other Somerset areas and is keen to get to know the community and to offer signposting and support to those in need. Contact Audrey by phone 07870 577925 or email audrey@somersetrcc.org.uk

Visit the CCS website to learn more about our work across the county of Somerset. Click here http://somersetrcc.org.uk/somerset-village-agents-project/

Registered Charity No: 1069260