Living and feeling better can start with a simple step-connecting. Health Connections Mendip is provided by your Mendip GP practices to improve your health and wellbeing.
A fun opportunity to get out in nature, get fit, meet new people, take part in practical conservation, and grow local food with a new social enterprise, Frome Field 2 Fork.
Sundays 2pm in Frome.
No experience is necessary, guidance is provided and all questions are welcomed! Work at your own pace in a relaxed environment and choose between activities suited to all levels of fitness. Typical activities include sowing seeds, planting, weeding or pruning, creating no-dig veg beds, digging up brambles, constructing new garden features, hedgerow harvesting and building bug hotels.
Please call the number below for more information.
Talking cafes are a place to meet new people, make friends and chat to a community signposter about activities, support groups and services in your community.
Wells: Thursday 10am-12pm, Bishop’s Palace, Wells BA5 2PD
Shepton Mallet: Wednesday 10am-12pm, The Art Bank, 13 High St, Shepton Mallet BA4 5AD
Street: to be confirmed
Frome: to be confirmed
BANDs (Bath Autism and NeuroDiversity spectrums) CIC offer social opportunities and peer support to over 16s in Frome and the surrounding areas who have autism, Asperger syndrome and/or similar neurodiversities.
They currently organise a cinema, cafe and pub group which run consecutively monthly on a Thursday (attendees pay for their own cinema tickets and drinks).
Friendships, games and knitting. Mondays: 2pm – 3.30pm starting June 7th
Glastonbury United Reformed Church, High Street
Online cafes are running on Wednesdays 1-2pm online via Zoom. Meeting ID:879 0196 9507 Passcode: Coffee. For all of Mendip.
Meet new people, make friends and chat to a community signposter about activities, support groups and services in your community.
We also have in person talking cafes at various locations across Mendip, for more information on these, please click here.
Every Wednesday a Health Connector will be outside Frome library from 10.30-11 am. We will be able to talk and signpost people on an informal level while they are out and about in town. Look for the Talking Bench flag.
Current Covid polices and procedures will be in place.
Shepton Together is a new adult friendship service set up especially for the community of Shepton Mallet. We offer a befriending service which connects and help local people during and after Covid-19.
Our mission and purpose is to combat isolation and loneliness, and to reengage people who have become less connected with their community. But most of all to provide our members with something fun and to look forward to.
We invite you to volunteer with Shepton Together, where together we will find enjoyment and fulfillment in helping to make a real difference to the lives of people living in our community.
If you fancy joining in the fun or wish to find out more, please get in touch by calling our friendly team.
Our remote friendship community has proved to be a huge success. New fabulous friendships have grown and blossomed, providing entertainment and companionship across Mendip from the safety of your own home. It is incredible how invigorating a good old chatter and catch up can be to brighten up your day, and not to mention an enjoyable way to pass the time.
Our mission is to enable people to live later life well, so if you are over 55 and would like to join in the fun or find out more, please get in touch with MHA Communities Mendip District. We will be really excited to hear from you and invite you to join our club.
If you are feeling lonely or a bit isolated and feel that a chat would help, get in touch!
Our Friendly Phone Call service is just that – sign up and you will receive a phone call from one of our friendly members of staff.
Call the number below and leave your contact details.
For befriending support and help with your shopping please get in touch on the email address below and you will be matched with a volunteer who can help.
We also meet as a group every Tuesday from 11am – 1pm at Victoria Park, Frome – all are welcome.
If you are interested in volunteering for Active and In Touch please get in touch via the email below.
The Virtual Village Hall is a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when suits it you.
All Virtual Village Hall sessions can also be found on the website
*Covid udate – Tech shed is running online. Check the website for details.*
Bringing together people with an interest in technology, to make useful things for the community of Frome.
Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm at The Remakery, The Welshmill Hub, Frome. £3 per week with a £5 annual membership fee. Concession rates are available.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
Dogs for Health is an exciting new charity that aims to help reduce loneliness and isolation by visiting people in their own homes, hospitals and Care or Residential homes with well trained therapy dogs and their owners. This is a free service to those who would benefit from time spent stroking and cuddling one of our therapy dogs. Visits are tailored to meet the need of the client, ideal for people who used to own a dog but no longer can. Covering Frome and surrounding villages.
The Royal British Legion is helping the Armed Forces community in the Frome area. Providing a range of Branch Community Support to veterans and any serving personnel as well as their families, Including: Telephone buddies, Home and Hospital visiting, Bereavement support, Legion Awareness Events and local information. If you’re not sure where to turn, please get in touch.
‘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, and 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-people need to be over 60, live alone or be a full time carer and be able to hear clearly over the phone.
*COVID update: Regular Sunday afternoon tea parties have been suspended and replaced by call companions. This is a free service for older people who may be socially isolated and lonely and would enjoy a regular friendly chat over the phone. We plan to run both services after the crisis is over.*
Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) has been providing social contact for older people for over 50 years. The monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a lifeline of friendship for lonely people over 75.
The service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury,Shepton Mallet, Wells and Rode and you can refer someone, with their permission, on the website.
If you would like to refer anyone to our Call Companions use our online form, and we will then be in touch with the older person directly.
If you are confined to your home, and you are unable to visit a library, you could benefit from our Home Library Service. The home library service is available for people of any age, who may be permanently or temporarily confined to home. This is a free service whereby Somerset Library volunteers will choose books, deliver and befriend people who cannot easily get to the library. Contact Kirsty for more information.
Independent Age can provide you and your family with clear, free and impartial advice on the issues that matter: care and support, money and benefits, health and mobility. Also telephone befriending from a volunteer for those who would like a chat.
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 or the Good Neighbour Scheme can deliver. The mobile library driver will help you get on and off the vehicle. To use this 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 Mendip.
Offers pastoral support and practical help to anyone in the farming community (currently or retired) when they are facing challenges and tough times. All volunteers have a farming background and are trained to listen confidentially and without judgement, for as long as it takes to resolve difficult issues
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. Active and In Touch also run a weekly social group. Service based in Frome. Volunteers always welcome to contact Active and In Touch.