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.
* Covid-19 update: Still running a full counselling service with all sessions delivered on the phone or via Zoom *
If you or anyone you work with is finding it difficult to cope with the emotional impact of a life-threatening condition, including Covid-19, call us.
We Hear You provides free, professional counselling for anyone impacted by cancer or a life-threatening condition, including Covid-19. The service is available to children, young people and adults across Mendip, Somerset and Wiltshire. We offer counselling for patients, carers, family members, friends or anyone bereaved.
Other Services from WHY
The third instalment of our very successful mindfulness-based cognitive therapy course, WHYbemindful, starts on 23rd January via Zoom for eight weeks. Facilitated by Chris Barker, the course supports people coping with a life-threatening condition and those who are close to them to access the benefits of mindfulness for emotional wellbeing.
Our Covid-19 crisis support service is on hand to provide a safe space for people impacted or bereaved by Covid-19. It’s not a course of counselling, although it is delivered by WHY counsellors: it provides a timely opportunity for up to four supportive conversations with an expert listener.
We offer support to children and their families in Somerset when someone special has died. We are small charity; formed by a group of professionals who know how important it is for children to have the opportunity of help and support in their grief
Our support service during Coronavirus is provided by access to our Little Bags Of Help and Telephone support service.
Our normal support to children is delivered 1-1 and is based around six, one hour support sessions. In each session we work with the child to explore their grief and help them to develop coping strategies. All of our work is done in conjunction with family’s, carers and schools to ensure the most positive outcome for the children and young people.
*Covid update – All face-to-face activities are suspended, but the Centre is open for group sessions that are delivered via Microsoft Teams. Counselling is available over the phone.
Bereavement wellbeing groups offer friendly support and provide an opportunity to meet with other people who are experiencing the pain of bereavement. These groups currently run online on 2nd Weds and 4th Thurs every month from 12 to 1 p.m. Please call to book yourself on one of the numbers below.
One-to-one counselling with a qualified counsellor via telephone is also available, though there is currently an 8 week waiting list. Please call to refer yourself to this service.
Sudden is a charity service providing help for suddenly-bereaved people, due to COVID-19, or any other illness, sudden event, or suicide. We provide a named case worker (over the phone or in other digital ways) from day one, onwards, for up to ten weeks, helping with emotional support and practical issues, and finding extra support for you in your community. They also provide online information and guidance.
WAY is a national charity in the UK for people aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group operating with a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through.
Way Up is an active, online self-help group aimed at providing mutual support to those who have been widowed primarily, but not exclusively, in their 50’s and 60’s. Based in the UK, our free to join members-only forum is an important aspect of our group and is a way to initiate friendships, to exchange views and to give and to receive care and support.
Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service is here for anyone bereaved by suicide in Somerset. We offer emotional support as well as guidance through the trauma of sorting out personal affairs. Fully trained members of staff advise on matters such as liaising with the Police, Coroner’s office and faith groups. Most importantly, we are here to listen at a time of great stress and anguish.
We are now able to offer support via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, telephone, or via our new Chat box which is located in the bottom right-hand corner of our website. Individuals can also reach us via email. We aim to respond to anyone who contacts us within 48 hrs during the working week.
The Somerset Bereavement Support Partnership offers:
This support is available to anyone in Somerset who has been bereaved since the pandemic began.
Local information booklet is available from the link below. Also –
Somerset Bereavement Support Partnership
Marie Curie Companions Service provide a one to one emotional and bereavement support for all. Additional specialist help will also be available if needed. Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Drop-in social group for people affected by cancer and life-limiting illness, co-hosted with Dorothy House Hospice Care. This virtual version of the group runs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 1pm. No need to book – just contact us for a link to join.
This group is for anyone affected by life limiting illness or associated bereavement, to connect with people in similar situation and chat to volunteers in an informal setting.
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.
We all need support after the death of someone close. Bereavement benefits provide extra money to ease the financial strain after the death of a spouse or civil partner. You can get support even if you’re not on a low income. From April 2017, a new benefit Bereavement Support Payment (BSP) replaces three benefits: Bereavement Payment, Bereavement Allowance and Widowed Parents Allowance. BSP has been introduced for new claims relating to a death on or after 6 April 2017. If your spouse or civil partner died before 6 April 2017, you should make a claim under the old system.
What happens if I’m already receiving bereavement benefits?
If you’re already claiming bereavement benefits you will continue to receive them. You don’t need to do anything.
Bereavement Support Payment (BSP)
BSP is available to anyone under State Pension age whose husband, wife or civil partner has made enough National Insurance (NI) contributions. It provides a one-off lump sum followed by up to 18 monthly payments. BSP isn’t means-tested and all payments are tax free. There are two rates of support:
You’ll receive a maximum of 18 payments if you claim within three months of the death. If you claim after that, the number of payments will be reduced.
If you need help to pay for a funeral, you may be eligible for a loan from the Social Fund or a funeral payment.
Losing a baby during pregnancy can be a very unhappy, frightening and lonely experience. The Miscarriage Association helps by offering support and information for anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy
ARC offers non-directive information and support to parents before, during and after antenatal screening; when they are told their baby has an anomaly; when they are making difficult decisions about continuing with or ending a pregnancy, and when they are coping with complex and painful issues after making a decision, including bereavement. Helpline Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm
SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby.
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at RUH; Call the Bereavement Office Manager or email for more information – Monday – Friday 08:30am – 4.30pm.
The Bereavement Office provides a service for the newly bereaved families of patients who die at Musgrove Park. To arrange an appointment with one of our Bereavement Support Officers please ring the number below.
Somerset Partnership have put together self help guides on a number of topics including bereavement. See link below.
We offer a confidential place to come to talk through your worries. We give supportive help for those facing a crisis pregnancy, or needing post-abortion counselling or baby loss recovery support, or for pregnancy related issues. Please ring for an appointment. Please ring and leave a message, or send an email, and we’ll get back to you discretely to arrange an appointment.
Committed to providing specialist palliative care, advice, support and respite to patients and their families living in Somerset and parts of neighbouring counties. Our care is available for those who have a terminal or life-limiting illness, for example cancer, motor neurone disease and chronic lung disease.
The Bereavement Advice Centre is a free helpline and web-based information service provided by Co-op Legal Services. It provides practical information, advice and signposting on the many issues and procedures that face people after the death of someone close. The service welcomes calls from bereaved people and the professionals and volunteers who support them.
We provide confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals throughout the UK. Our professionally trained bereavement support workers are available to take calls 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday.
Helpline for anyone affected by the death of a child of any age, from pre-birth to adult, under any circumstances, however recently or long ago. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, every evening 7pm to 10pm.
The Hospital Bereavement Service will provide you with as much guidance as you need during the early days of a hospital bereavement. The service is available between 9am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Specialist advice and information is also available for parents who lose a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death, please contact the Hospital Bereavement Service on the above numbers for guidance.
We provide free and confidential emotional support and information to anyone who is affected by the loss, or anticipated loss, of a pet or assistance animal through illness, euthanasia, natural death or other circumstances like theft or attack. We commit to providing this support service every day of the year from 8.30am to 8.30pm.
Committed to assisting in relieving distress, whether mental, physical, spiritual or emotional, caused by the bereavement of a child. 24 hour telephone helpline.
Offering support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Please contact Somerset Cruse, leave your name and address and Cruse will send you some information along with a referral form.
A self-help, voluntary organisation which aims to meet the needs and break the isolation of those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend. Our nearest support groups are Bath (virtual) and Bristol – please visit our website for details.
The leading childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the UK
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. We are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.