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.
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.
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.
The first Wednesday of each month in The Brasserie at 9.30am The club welcomes serving members and veterans of Her Majesty’s Forces to get together for a brew, banter and a butty. If you have not joined us previously please email.
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 15+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
An informal meet up for people to socialize and bring along their crafting projects. All are welcome to join this friendly group, even if you would like to learn how to knit/sew. Bring your own supplies. Meeting on Fridays from 10.00am – 12.00pm at Street Football Club, The Tannery Ground, Middle Brooks, Street, BA16 0TA.
Cost: £1.00 donation towards hall hire, tea & coffee. Call Sheila Speed for more info.
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 first 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.
Coffee morning every Friday 10.00am – 12.00pm at The Salvation Army, Goswell Road, Street, BA16 0JG. All welcome to come along!
The Salvation Army run a monthly lunch club on the 1st Friday of each month from 12.15pm. There is also a pop up market at the hall.
Cost is £4.00. Booking required at least 24 hours in advance.
Address: Goswell Road, Street, BA16 0JG
Social Group. Glastonbury Town Hall, Magdelene Street, BA6 9EL weekly meet up Tuesdays 2 – 4pm with varied activities. Small donation for refreshments.
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 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.
Come along for a friendly knit and chatter. We meet at The Coach House, SWEDA, Park Road, Shepton Mallet on Mondays 10.30 – 12pm (£2:00 including refreshments) and on Tuesdays 7 – 9pm 50p (BYO). Contact Cathryn Kingstone for further information.
The Frome Women’s Shed is on Monday mornings from 9am to 1pm in The Remakery at Welshmill, 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).
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
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.
Meets every 4th Tuesday of the month 2pm – 4pm for over 55’s with various activities and presentations, meals and talks.
Every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12pm and Thursday 10-5 p.m. at The Woodbin, Somerset Care and Repair, Charlton Trading Estate, Charlton Road BA4 5QE. Membership is a donation of £3.50 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.
Street Men’s Shed is at Hempetts Farm, Hempetts Road, Walton, BA16 9QS. Open Tuesdays 9.00am – 1.00pm and Thursdays 12.30pm – 4.30pm.
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.
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’ 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.
Formerly known as Contact the Elderly, Re-engage Charity’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. In Mendip the service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury,Shepton Mallet, Wells and Rode.
If you know or work with the older person you are referring, and have their permission, you can make a full referral via our online form, and we will then be in touch with the older person directly. 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.
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.
This group is held at Wells Library, Union Street, Wells, Fridays 11am – 12.30pm and Glastonbury Library on Fridays 10.30 am – 12.00pm. Join us for free at a shared reading group where a story or a poem is read aloud.
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.
Frome Cafes every Monday morning at the Cheese and Grain 10.00am-12.00pm; also on Thursdays 1.00pm-2.30pm at No 5 Coffee Shop The George Hotel.
Wells Cafe alternate Thursdays at Pickwicks, High Street, Wells 10.00am-12.00pm
Glastonbury Cafe every Tuesday at the Winking Turtle Cafe, 12 Market Place 10.00am – 12.00pm
Street Cafe every Wednesday, at Fondo Lounge, 107 High St, 10.00am to 11.30am
Shepton Mallet Cafe every Tuesday and Thursday at Peppers Cafe, High Street 10.00am – 12.00pm
Please call to check details if you are coming for the first time as some are term time only.
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.