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.
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.
COVID-19 Update: Please note due to current coronavirus restrictions this service may be affected. Please check with the service provider.
Matt’s Respite Retreats is a service providing affordable breaks for those affected by cancer within Dorset, Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset. Support for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing treatment or have received treatment within the last six months or the beneficiary is terminally ill with cancer.
Please call the number below to refer yourself or someone else.
If you or a loved-one has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, Dorothy House are here to offer support. We care for people with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses and we provide 80% of our services directly in the community. We provide outstanding palliative and end of life care, giving patients, their families and carers access to specialists in a range of services.
All our services are free of charge. To be referred to Dorothy House you will need to talk to your GP, district nurse or other healthcare professional or if you would like to discuss how we might be able to support you, a relative, carer or friend, please contact us.
We support people to live well with the impact of cancer through lifestyle information, self management tools and support. Our services address the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual impact of cancer, through a comprehensive whole-person programme that is designed to work alongside medical treatment. We recognise that cancer has an impact on the people closest to you and we welcome your supporters. We are here to support people through their whole journey living with and beyond cancer. We welcome direct self referrals from anyone over the age of 18 years with a cancer diagnosis and their close supporter. Referrals can also be made by health and social care professionals.
The Somerset Association is run by local men who have been diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. One of the objectives of the charity is to help patients and families at all stages of their cancer journey. This can be achieved by gaining knowledge from those in the group who have already experienced the traumas, the treatment decisions and set-backs. Call to find out about meeting times/dates. 4 meetings a year.
Macmillan Step Up Service is available to people in Mendip. This is a fatigue and lifestyle management service for adult cancer survivors who are struggling to cope with daily activities due to fatigue related symptoms following completion of their primary cancer treatment. We aim to help people with cancer-related fatigue to achieve personally acceptable lifestyle changes and maximise their wellbeing. We can also provide specific help and support with work/vocational rehabilitation, including advice and assistance with returning to work following treatment and maintaining work if fatigue is making this difficult. For referral advice or for further information, please contact our team.
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.
We provide specialist services for adults experiencing longstanding fatigue that is having a significant impact on daily functioning and activities. There are three strands to our Service which provide fatigue and lifestyle management for viral fatigue/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME; cancer related fatigue living with and beyond cancer (Macmillan Step Up Service) and long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis.
For referral advice or for further information, please contact our team or visit our website.