Wells Community Shed
Come along to the Wells Community Shed Mondays 10am – 1.pm Heads Up, South Horrington. A get together to chat, socialise and join in with activities. Please call for details and an application form.
Suggested annual donation of £5 and a weekly fee of £3.
Trinity Methodist Church, Wells Road, Radstock, free friendly group for coffee, cake and a chat. 2nd Friday of the month – next dates 14th Dec 2018, 11th Jan 2019, 8th Feb 2019.
Knit and Chat – Shepton
Come along for a friendly knit and chatter.
The Coach House, SWEDA, Park Road, Shepton Mallet
Mondays 10.30 – 12pm
Tuesdays 7 – 9pm £2 per session.
Contact Cathryn Kingstone for further information.
Frome Ladies Shed
The Frome Women’s Shed has been up and running since May 2018, and are now securely established on Monday mornings in The Remakery at Welshmill.Like the Men’s Shed, we are there to connect people, in a safe and supportive environment
We meet to make and mend things together, learn new skills, make friends, work on our own projects and on projects that benefit the community. The Shed is open from 9am to 1pm every Monday in the Remakery at the Welsh Mill, Park Hill Drive, Frome, BA11 2LE
The annual membership charge is £5, and when attending a Shed session, the fee is £3, (or as much of that amount as can be managed).
A knitting, crochet and sewing group catering for all abilities. Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 10.30am – 12.30pm. Free but donations welcome. The Fair Frome Centre, Frome Town Hall, Christchurch St West, Frome BA11 1EB
The Wednesday Club – Gardening and horticulture – Frome
The Wednesday club is a gardening/horticulture club on some land at Vallis Veg. Being with others, talking, gardening and having a cup of tea/coffee may help with alleviating loneliness, depression, anxiety and provide some gentle exercise. The space in which we work has amazing views, is away from traffic noises (but still quite close to town) and is calm and friendly. We can offer tea/coffee, support, all the tools & seeds necessary and a share in the produce. Open to anyone who would like to join this friendly supportive group. Wednesdays (during school term time only) you can drop in any time between 9:00am-3:00pm. For details call Alyson or Alex at The Shared Earth Learning Cooperative.
Retirement Gateways are places where people can meet others who have retired, find out about volunteering opportunities or just meet others and make new friends.
Every three months across Mendip. Call for details.
KeyRing Talking Café – Frome
KeyRing Talking Cafe for people who have a care and support need.
Meet new people, make friends and chat to a Community Connector about activities, support groups and services in your community. Drop in.
Where: Frome Medical Centre, upstairs in the Boardroom
When: Last Wednesday of the month, 10am—12 noon
Evercreech Friendship Club
Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month 2pm – 4pm for over 55’s with various activities and presentations, meals and talks.
Men’s Shed Shepton Mallet
Every Tuesday 9 – 12pm held at The Woodbin, Somerset Care and Repair, Charlton Trading Estate, Charlton Road BA4 5QE. A donation of £3 and annual registration fee of £15. Come along and make friends and learn a new skill or bring a skill with you to share.
Men’s Shed Street
Street Men’s Shed are TUESDAYS 09:00 to 13:00 and THURSDAYS 12:30 to 16:30
The Street Mens Shed is located at:
Unit 10, The Tanyard, Leigh Road, Street, BA16 0HD
There is currently a £3.00 per session charge to cover costs, and membership will probably be £24.00 per year. The Street Men’s Shed is now fully operational and welcomes new members to join. we have 2 fully fitted out workshops and social area, as well as a fully accessible toilet suitable for the less able-bodied members. Come along and see if there is anything we can offer you, no need to worry about experience, we have plenty of members who will help you learn new skills or rekindle old ones.”
Somerset Sight – Volunteer Visiting Service
Do you know someone with sight loss who would benefit from specialist support?
Somerset Sight is the only local Independent organisation providing practical and emotional support to people with sight loss and their families so they can remain independent, continue to live in their own home for as long as possible, and make the best use of their remaining sight.
Somerset Sight runs a volunteer visiting and befriending service across the county which is available to anyone with sight loss. If you know someone with sight loss who would benefit from a befriender or may need other practical or emotional help, such as magnifiers lighting or talking books, or just needs someone to talk to, please contact Avril Johnson on 01823 366143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Red Brick Drop In
Every Thursday between 10.30am and 1pm at the Red Brick Building, Moorlands Enterprise Park, Glastonbury in the Event Room for anyone who would like to pop in, have a chat, play some board games, meet new people and get out of the house. Tea and cake, all ages welcome.
Call in Time – weekly ‘friendship calls’ for the over 60s
‘Call in Time’ is a free public telephone befriending service run by Age UK. It matches volunteers with older members of the public. Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, particularly if you’re used to sharing your home and time with others. A friendly, weekly, 30-minute chat on the phone can make all the difference.
The calls are friendship calls and are not for counselling or bereavement support.
While we’re waiting to find a suitable match for an older member of the public, we carry out regular, short Good Day Calls with them, to make sure they don’t feel ignored. There is a criteria for example people need to be over 60, live alone or be a full time carer and be able to hear clearly over the phone.
‘Call in Time’ is also looking for volunteers.
Age UK – Together Befriending Service
Working across Somerset the Together Befriending Service provides a valuable social link for older people who may be lonely or isolated, particularly in rural areas. Our large team of together volunteers are available for one-to-one support, regular visits or telephone calls as well as for links into services, community groups and activities. Volunteers visit people, perhaps for an hour each week, in their own home to chat, reminisce maybe and enjoy a cup of tea in a relaxed environment. You may wish to note that this is an extremely popular service, and there may be waiting lists in some areas.
Contact the Elderly
Contact the Elderly’s monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a lifeline of friendship for lonely people over 75. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month. In Mendip the service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury,Shepton Mallet and Wells with plans for Street.
If you know or work with the older person you are referring, you can make a full referral via our online form. Once we have received the referral we will then be in touch with the older person directly. Please ensure you have the older person’s permission to refer them as well as letting them know Contact the Elderly will be in touch with them. See link below if you would like to refer someone or to go to a tea party.
Please contact to find out more or if you are interested in volunteering.
Free lunch at Street Harvest Church, Street
Come and join us for lunch. Bring your own, or share ours – there’s always enough to go round!
Depending who’s around, you might find there’s live music, an impromptu pool tournament, students catching up on work, or folks catching a power-nap on the sofas. There’s always something going on and someone to spark up a conversation with.
Weekdays from 12.00 – 2.00pm. The Upper Room, Crispin Hall, 83 High Street, Street, BA16 OEZ
Goldies– singalong singing groups
Singing along to music has proven benefits for health and well-being. It helps concentration, aids relaxation, can influence moods and emotions and it brings a sense of togetherness when singing as a group. Sessions are aimed at the over 60s, but everyone and all voices are welcome. These groups are not targeted at people with dementia but they are open to all including people with dementia. We meet at:
Street Crispin Community Centre, Leigh Road, BA16 0HA first Friday of each month 2pm-3pm
Frome Keyford Heights (New Dev.) Randolph Road, BA11 1GF first Monday of each month 2-3pm Shepton Mallet Pullen Court Community Room, BA14 5RD every other Friday 2.30pm-3.30pm (call 01761 470006 for dates). Wells ELIM Connect Centre, Portway, Wells, BA5 2BE 1.30-2.30pm third Friday of the month 2pm – 3pm.
Home Library Service
Libraries Direct. If you are confined to your home, and you are unable to visit a library, you could benefit from our Home Library Service. The service is available for people of any age, who may be permanently or temporarily confined to home.
This is a free service whereby RVS volunteers will choose books, deliver and befriend people who cannot easily get to the library.
For support on many issues affecting the elderly such as housing, benefits advice, hospital discharge, isolation, and care homes.
A new befriending organisation for widows. Groups that meet up, go on trips and give advice. To find your nearest group email or see their website.
Men’s Shed Frome
The Men’s Shed provides a venue for men to talk and connect with others while participating in group or individual projects. It provides opportunities for friendship and socialising in a safe environment while at the same time providing the space, expertise and facilities for men to pursue hobbies, crafts and other creative activities. Contact Patrick to learn more and find out when they are next meeting.
Mobile Library Service
Somerset Mobile libraries provide a service to rural parts of the county where there is no static library. Wheelchair access is available on all vehicles, WRVS volunteers deliver or the Good Neighbour Scheme can deliver. The mobile library driver will help you get on and off the vehicle. To use the Mobile Library service you just need to be a member of Somerset Libraries, membership is free. See the website or call for the complete list of routes/stops and the dates/times of each of visit for the current year.
The Silver Line is a confidential, free, national helpline for older people. Open every day and night of the year. They can offer information, friendship and advice. They can signpost callers to the many, varied groups and services that exist in their communities. The Silver Line has been given information on services in Mendip so that they can signpost effectively.
Somerset You Can Do
If you’re isolated or lonely and have little or no support our volunteers will help you help yourself to make a difference in your life. Step by step you and your volunteer will work together to find ways to build friendships and confidence, feel safe when going out, feel part of your community, help get online and send emails and shop, and lots more. Our actual one to one befriending service is only available in Frome.
The Cinnamon Trust
The Cinnamon Trust is a national network of over 15,000 community service volunteers has been established to provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care of pets pose a problem, for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital. Volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited. For more information about the service or to become a volunteer please call us or visit our website.
Please note referrals need to be done by the individual.
Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. We know a lot about what can help you through tough times. We can help you explore your options, understand your problems better, or just be there to listen.
It doesn’t matter who you are, how you feel, or what has happened. If you feel that things are getting to you, get in touch. We’re here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Local branches have different opening hours for face to face support. Find your local branches and numbers below
Yeovil: 25 The Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1DG
Bath and District: 25 Windsor Castle, Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3DH
Taunton and Somerset: 16 Wood Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1UN
Bristol: 37 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP
Call or check website for hours open to receive callers at the door.
Macular Society Telephone Befriending
Enjoy a regular chat with a telephone befriender who shares your interests, experience or type of macular condition. Telephone befriending is free, everything can be set up over the phone.
IT Help at Home
Feel Better with a Book
This group is held at Wells Library, Union Street, Wells, Fridays 11am – 12.30pm and
Glastonbury Library Mondays 11am – 12.30pm.
Join us for free at a shared reading group where a story or a poem is read aloud.
Bridge Café, Frome
Community Café where people with mental health problems, homelessness or other issues may be able to find support, warmth and affordable food/drinks.
Advice service: Tony Perry offers a Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) outreach type drop in service on Thursday and Friday 11.00am – 1.30pm.
Community Café: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 11.00am – 4.00pm. Fortnightly free Sunday lunch 1.00pm – 2.30pm. Hardship Fund Food Bank, access to food boxes voucher from registered referrer needed e.g. CAB. Mondays 10.00am – 1.00noon
Bridge Cafe, 43 Selwood Rd, Frome BA11 3BS
Talking Cafes – Frome, Wells, Glastonbury, Street and Shepton
Talking Cafés are informal get togethers held in public cafes. It is an opportunity to make new friends or talk to a Community Connector and find out about what is available in the community. Just drop in. Everyone welcome. The group is self run.
Frome Cafe every Monday morning at the Cheese and Grain 10am-12pm
Frome Talking Café at No 5 Coffee Shop The George Hotel. Thursday 1pm-2.30pm
Wells Cafe alternate Thursdays at Pickwicks, High Street, Wells 10am-12pm
Glastonbury Cafe every Tuesday at the Wish You Were Here Cafe, 12 Market Place Glastonbury 10am – 12.00pm
Street Cafe every Wednesday, at The Street Food Cafe, Crispin Hall, 83 High Street, Street 10.00am to 11.30am
Shepton Mallet Cafe every Tuesday and Thursday at Peppers Cafe, High Street 10am – 12pm
Please call to check details if you are coming for the first time as some are term time only.
Active and In Touch Befriending Scheme
Active and In Touch volunteers visit and help people who have become isolated or out of touch with the community around them and gently support them in getting involved with groups or activities around them. Active and In Touch also run a weekly social group. Service based in Frome. Volunteers always welcome to contact Active and In Touch.
No referrals for the moment please. https://activeandintouch.weebly.com
Village Agents are local people employed on a part-time basis to become trusted members of their communities and a valuable resource. Village Agents make home visits when necessary and provide high-quality information. They enable direct access to a wide range of services and use a secure electronic referral system. They may informally carry out a series of practical checks related to safety in the home (e.g. smoke alarms, falls prevention), benefit entitlement and energy efficiency. Visits are followed up when necessary by experts who will provide specialist information, advice and services, e.g. the fire service and social care.
Side by Side
A local charity which helps people with dementia to keep doing the things they love. Side by Side is a free service from Alzheimer’s Society that provides 1:1 support, making it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, remain active and feel part of their local community.
Volunteers support them by doing things like going for a walk, to a football match, or joining a local class together, helping people with dementia to take up hobbies and get out and about. What they do together is entirely based on what the person with dementia wants. If you are interested to talk to someone about volunteering opportunities with Side by Side, please contact Joan Evans on the number below.