COVID 19 Update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation it is likely that many of the face to face organisations and services listed across our website are suspended. Please call to check first.
Do you want to find groups and support in the community that might help you improve your health and wellbeing? You can find lots of local support from charities to social groups in the Health Connections Mendip Directory.
Every Wednesday (Weather permitting) 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.
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.
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.
*Due to Covid pandemic this is not running* Come and enjoy fresh made food followed by tea and cake at the Salvation Army, 21 Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet every Tuesday from 12 to 1.30 p.m. All are welcome.
***Update Sept 2020: due to new social distancing restrictions this is now on hold.***
The Breakfast Club usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month in The Brasserie, in Shepton Mallet, at 10 am. Please contact Ray Smith to book your place.
The club welcomes serving members and veterans of Her Majesty’s Forces to get together for a brew, banter and a butty. Car parking facilities are provided in Haskins car park and are free for three hours for Breakfast Club members. There is no membership fee, you pay for your breakfast that includes unlimited tea or coffee and toast.
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.
Feeling lonely, Isolated, would like to get out more?
Friendly craft group, meets second and fourth Thursday of each month at Frome Food bank, Park Road, Frome. 10.30-12.30.
Open to anyone age 16+Free but donations welcome.
Bring a project with you or come along to learn a new skill
MAKE:SHED provides a regular open workshop space for people aged 18-35 to work on practical and creative projects, individually or with others. We meet on Thursdays, 6-9 pm in the Remakery at the Welsh Mill Hub.
You’ll get to use tools and equipment, learn, share and develop skills, meet new people and have support to sell what you make. It’s free. Everyone can get involved in fundraising, but it’s not required. Follow us: www.facebook.com/MAKESHEDfrome
Come along for a cup of tea and a chat. Feel free to bring your knitting or other craft you enjoy, or just come along to meet and socialize. Every Thursday from 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Street Methodist Church, Leigh Road, Street, BA16 0HA. Contact Sally for further information.
Knit & Natter is held every third Wednesday of the Month 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Village Hall Lounge, join us for a cup of tea and a chat. You can come along with any craft and share your skills, or we can help you learn how to knit or crochet. There is a small charge of £1.00. Any further information please contact Jenny on the number below.
Venue: Walton Village Hall, Meadow Lane, Walton, Somerset, BA16 9LA.
*Covid update. Glastonbury Town Hall is closed until the Autumn, no groups or meetings taking place.*
Social Group. Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdelene Street, BA6 9EL weekly meet up Tuesdays 2 – 4pm with varied activities. Small donation for refreshments.
*Covid update – The Friday Club is not running at the moment but may begin again in 2021*
Friday Club – for all those adults seeking a relaxed social time and company with friends. Please do not hesitate to come along and try for free! The Friday Club is a welcoming and safe space where you can enjoy Tea/Coffee and Cake. Varied programme with the occasional outing. We meet on the second Friday of the month from 2.00-4.00pm. Trinity Methodist Church (Westfield) Wells Road, Radstock.
Come along to the Wells Community Shed Mondays and Fridays, 9am – 1pm, 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.
*Due to the Covid pandemic this group are meeting outside in small groups at Victoria Park in Frome on Mondays from 11am*
The Frome Women’s Shed is on Monday mornings from 9am to 1pm Welshmill in Parkhill Drive, Frome, BA11 2LE. 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 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).
*Covid update – this group isn’t meeting at the moment.*
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.
*Covid update – The group hopes to commence meetings in early 2021.*
Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month 2pm – 4pm for over 55s with various activities and presentations, meals and talks.
Every Tuesday from 9am-12pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm, Thursday 9am-12pm 2pm-5pm. at The Woodbin, Somerset Care and Repair, Charlton Trading Estate, Charlton Road BA4 5QE. Membership is a donation of £2.50 per week and there is an annual registration fee of £15. Come along and make friends, learn a new skill or bring a skill with you to share.
*IMPORTANT – Please contact in advance due to reduced capacity*
Street Men’s Shed is at Hempetts Farm, Hempetts Road, Walton, BA16 9QS.
Open Tuesdays – Thursday 9am- 12.30pm & 1pm-4.30pm (Tuesday 1pm-4.30pm Ladies only)
We are currently only open to members who have booked a place on a session. There will be a £3.00 per session charge to cover costs, and membership is currently £24.00 per year. The Shed welcomes anyone who would like to learn new skills or rekindle old ones. For further information contact Brian on the number/email below.
*Covid pandemic update- This service is still running with extra safety measures in place*
Do you know someone with sight loss who would benefit from specialist support? Somerset Sight runs a volunteer visiting and befriending service across the county which is available to anyone with sight loss. If you know someone who would benefit from a befriender or may need other practical or emotional help, such as magnifiers lighting or talking books, 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.
*Covid update – currently suspended but please call the number below for updates.*
This is social group for older people with a range of interesting activities which includes visiting speakers, Flexercise, line dancing, computer training sessions, outings, cards and crafts. Lunch is provided at a charge and needs to be booked if you are wanting to attend the group. Transport is also available via the Mendip Slinky Service. We meet at The Assembly Rooms, Christchurch Street West, Frome. Mondays and Thursdays – weekly. 11.00am – 3.30pm.
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. Lynn covers Glastonbury, Street, Wells & Shepton Mallet. Contact Jacquetta for Frome & surrounding areas. Contact Kirsty for information on areas not mentioned above.
A new befriending organisation for widows. We meet up, go on trips and give advice. To find your nearest group please send an email or visit the website.
The Frome Men’s Shed is on Thursday mornings from 9am to 1pm in The Remakery at Welshmill, Frome, BA11 2LE.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. Please contact us learn more and find out when they are next meeting.
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.
*Updated due to Covid pandemic*
Currently running on Wednesday 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.
For more information about face to face Talking Cafes please call the Health Connections office.
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.