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.
Relaxed, friendly book club for young adults in Frome. All are welcome, share an enjoyment of books with others of your age. Meet the third Thursday of the month at 7pm at Bridge Café, 43 Selwood Road, Frome. For £3.50 you get a brand new proof book, a cookie and a can of drink.
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 number below.
For evening support email to book an appointment for either a Tuesday or Thursday evening 8pm-10pm.
At the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust we produce booklets and posters on many aspects of mental health. These are free to download or order and include our Parent’s Guide to Depression. Mental health problems in children and young people, national and local organisations that offer guidance for parents leaflet Parents leaflet Somerset Printable version
Children’s World is a charity that provides education, entertainment, workshops and fun for children of all abilities in the Glastonbury area, as well as throughout the UK and world wide. The charity works closely with schools and also runs regular Tuning into Teens and Tuning into Kids workshops for parents and carers.
Offers a grant-supported service for children, adolescents and their families where there are emotional, behavioural or other mental health problems. Any agency may refer please check the website to download the referral form.
Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families. If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. Services include free confidential helpline, support for parents, online parenting course, parenting advice videos, forums, leaflets and resources.
Frome’s Family Information Network Directory, an easy to use, and up to date platform for you to find the information you need for your family all in one place.
Food at Five ‘Takeaway’ hot meals are continuing 3 days per week every week at 5pm. Hot and nutritious meals with Vegetarian option always available.
Mondays outside The Key Centre, Feltham Lane. Wednesdays at the Cricket Club, Rodden Road. Thursdays at Trinity Church Hall car park. Free to anyone on benefits or low income. Just turn up.
Frome Birth Talk is a charity in Frome that provides free professional counselling for anyone who is pregnant, has had a baby in the last 2 years or has experienced baby loss.
We support all parents regardless of gender and offer both free counselling and weekly support groups. We’re supported by the Friends of Frome Hospital and use the Friends Room for our counselling sessions and we also offer Zoom and phone counselling sessions.
In addition to these, we run two in-person drop-in groups – on Wednesday we use the Moxon Suite at Frome Community Hospital for our Bump to Baby group and on Fridays we run a Frome Toddler Talk group at Trinity Hall for pre-school children.
Both groups run from 10am-11.30am, including during the school holidays.
Please check on our Facebook page or call to find where we are meeting. We meet in people’s homes in Frome and surrounding villages.
Swimming and hydrotherapy sessions for children and young people with a disability or additional need aged between 5-18 years. The opportunity to develop water confidence, water skills and therapeutic movement in the water. There may be a waiting list.
Frome: Tuesdays between 4.00 – 6.00pm at Harry’s Hydro (Critchill School), Frome BA11 4LB.
Get Active Together aims to offer opportunities for families within Somerset to take part in physical activities together, with disabled and non-disabled siblings sharing experiences and having fun together.
The sessions are for children aged 8 – 18 years, and include multi sports activities (including Boccia, Soft Tip Archery, Laser Pistol Shooting, Dodgeball and Cricket) as well as outdoor sessions (including Kayaking, Axe Throwing, Paddle Boarding, Bush Camp and Tree Climbing).
Sessions will take place every fortnight (Saturdays) as well as additional sessions in the school holidays.
Health Visitors monitor health and developement of young children under 5 years old and offer support to their families.
Support for parents with branches across the Mendips. The NCT can give impartial and accurate information so parents can decided what is best for their family. They introduce parents to local networks to gain practical and emotional support.
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. Call our Helpline below, which is available from 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
PANDAS is community offering peer-to-peer support to parents. They offer a free 7 days a week helpline, email support, Social media groups, Information and face-to-face support groups.
Parent and Toddler Group, meet at the Salvation Army, Old Magistrates Court, 21 Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BU. Mondays and Wednesdays 10am – 11.30am (term times only)
A Parent and Family Support Advisor or PFSA is someone who works in school providing help for parents and families. They support parents with some of the everyday problems that they might be having with their children so that the children are happy to attend school and engage in their learning. PFSAs are available to all parents but will usually only work directly with a family when they are going through a tough period and they need that extra help to get them through. PFSAs support parents with things like behaviour, attendance and health and can signpost families to more specialist support if it is needed.
Services to support children and families in the local area such as:-
Frome Toy Library for lending with stay & play, Befriending service for 5-12 year olds, Small Steps parenting support for early years, family activities during school holidays, Frome Children’s Festival and other ad hoc support projects.
Please visit the website for more information and the link below for more information on getting referred.
Frome Tennis Club are providing free coaching and free membership for juniors of age 4 to 18 from low-income families, and for adopted children.
If you are a parent or guardian that qualifies (or is likely to qualify on your child starting school) for Pupil Premium funding, then you are likely to be eligible for the scheme. You can get in touch via the email address below.
Half-price club membership is also available via a separate scheme for adults from low-income families (see the club web site for details) so you could join as a family at significantly reduced cost.
Free monthly meet-up for refugees and host. Incudes free hot drinks, free lunch and activities for children as well as local information and support. Ammerdown Centre, Radstock BA3 5SW. Help with transport may be available, call the number below. Next date is Saturday 17th September 12pm-5pm.
for relationship counselling and family difficulties.
School nurses are public health nurses who will work with 5 to 19 year olds. Their primary aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of this age group, and identify those who need early help.
Parents of a school age children requiring advice and support can contact the School Nurse text line Parent Service on 07480 635515. For young people aged 11-19 years old please text the School Nurse Young People’s Service on 07480 635516.
Provided by Purple Elephant this session offers support with parenting skills, advice, setting boundaries and routines, school readiness, housing, budgeting, debt advice and the opportunity to meet other parents. For families with children aged 0-4 years. Drop in, open to all suggested donation of £1 a child.
First Monday of every month from 09:00am until 10:30 am The Link, Bishop Henderson School, Coleford BA3 5PN
The Somerset Phoenix Project is here to support you in whatever way possible if you find that your child has been sexually abused. Get in contact to see how we can support you.
If your situation is an emergency or an escalating emergency please contact the relevant statutory services in your area such as social care and/or the police.
Somerset Young Parents team are able to offer help and support to young parents in Somerset. The website and downloads have information to help through pregnancy and the first years of life. The main service is a health visiting team.
The Nelson Trust Support people with multiple and complex needs whose lives have been impacted by addiction or are in contact with the criminal justice system.
They accept referrals from any professional or women may refer themselves. Every woman is offered a detailed individual assessment of their needs across “pathways” such as mental health, family and relationships, addiction issues, domestic abuse. Each client has their own Keyworker who works with them to co-create a support plan to address their needs.
The Pod is a local charity supporting individuals with additional needs. The charity creates opportunities and provides safe, supportive, sociable, and enterprising spaces that improve the quality of life for young carers as well as children and adults with disabilities and their families.
They run a weekly youth club, a weekly social group and other various fun community groups. For more information on the various groups they run please visit their website.
Additionally the charity is launching a new scrapstore in Frome with their members at the heart of the project. If you would like to find out more about the various volunteering opportunities with Pod please contact them for more information.
Are you a young carer? If you’re aged between 8 and 16 then please come along to the Zone and meet new friends who are in the same boat!
Wednesdays 6.00pm-8.00p.m. Fortnightly at Rise, Whittox Lane, Frome, BA11 3BY .
Please contact us to discuss a place as places are limited.
Local youth clubs running in term time –
Frome – Monday and Wednesday 7.15pm – 8.45pm at Frome Youth & Community Centre, Vallis Road, BA11 3EF
Coleford – Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Church Street, Coleford, BA3 5NQ
We welcome young people aged 10 to 19 years, let’s catch up, have fun and support each other. Young people can drop in as and when. They will need to complete a registration form on the first time attending which they can do themselves. However, a parental/guardian consent form will need to be completed after the first session. For more infromation please email Chiara below.
Local youth club running in term time –
Shepton Mallet – Wednesday 7.15pm-8.45pm at Paul Street Community Centre, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5LA
We welcome young people aged 10 to 19 years, let’s catch up, have fun and support each other. Young people can drop in as and when. They will need to complete a registration form on the first time attending which they can do themselves. However, a parental/guardian consent form will need to be completed after the first session. For more information please email Carla below.
Street Youth Club – Mondays’ & Friday’s 7:15pm-8:45pm at Street Young People’s Centre, Strode Road, Street, BA16 0AS
Glastonbury Windmill Hill Youth Club – Relaunching Soon & will be back on Monday’s 7:00pm-8:30pm at Windmill Hill Youth Club, St Edmund’s Hall, BA6 8EG
Glastonbury Red Brick Youth Club (in partnership with Red Brick Building) – Relaunching Soon & will be back on Friday’s 7:15pm-8:45pm at Red Brick Building, Morland Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9FT
Youth Club times have been shortened to allow staff to clean and sanitise before and after each session. To find out more about our provision, or to register; please contact Mark.
You-th Space is an affordable and friendly counselling service in Frome and the Mendips for 15 to 18 year olds who are facing common issues such as anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness or isolation, or just feeling different to others.
As a charity, the service relies on the generosity of people’s donations. Those who can afford to are asked to contribute to the costs of the counselling. However, the service is offered free of charge to those who need it.
Young people in need of support can self-refer to You-th Space, or can ask their parents or school to contact the service via the website.
Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset. They employ Wellbeing Practitioners that offer low-level mental health support, through cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), to young people in Somerset.