Families and young children
Somerset’s Children with Disabilities Service
The team works closely with colleagues in the health and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities services.
Frome Breastfeeding Support Group
LLG League GB
Please check on our Facebook page or ring me Veryan on 01373 812481 or 07794 678802 to find where we are meeting.
The Zone- Chill out and have fun!
Are you a young carer? If you’re aged between 10 and 18 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 Park Road support Centre, Frome, BA11 1EU. Please contact us to discuss a place as places are limited.
Frome Falcons Powerchair Football club
Bi-weekly on a Saturday from 1pm-3pm at Frome Sport and Fitness, Princess Anne Road, Frome BA11 2SA.
For 5 years + £5 per person per session
Contact Jenny on 07880 743453
Please note this club is for individuals with physical disabilities and their siblings.
Participants do not need to be regular powerchair users or manual wheelchair users, nor own their own chairs.
Frome Get Wet Set
Swimming and hydrotherapy sessions for children and young people with a disability or additional need aged between 5-16 years. The opportunity to develop water confidence, water skills and therapeutic movement in the water.
Harry’s Hydro pool, adjacent to Critchill School, Nunney Road, Frome BA11 4LB.
From 4- 6 pm. (3 x 40 mins swim slots available) £5 per session per person or £50 per term.
Contact Alison on 01373 465985 for more information or to book.
Family Counselling Trust
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.
Confidential helpline – support for parents, parenting advice videos and forums. Anti-bullying 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
ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices)
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.
Toddlers Group – Shepton Mallet
At the Salvation Army Hall, Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet. Two sessions per week Monday and Wednesday mornings 1am – 11.30am. £1.50 per session or £2 for the two.
Somerset Young Parents
Here at the Somerset Young Parents team, we are committed to helping you through a tough but incredible period of your life. As a new parent, we know you often need all the help and advice you can get! This website, and the related downloadable workbooks, are purely to help you get through your pregnancy and the few first vital years of your baby’s life. Our main service is a health visiting team.
Health Visiting team provide a home visiting and community based service to support children and families in promoting health and wellbeing. The team work predominantly with families and children under 5 years. A health visitor is a nurse with a specialist public health qualification who leads a team of community nurses and nursery nurses. Health Visitors are not just interested in the health of your child but are also there to listen to you, to help advise and support you and your family in many situations. Examples may include how to get help with housing, employment and leisure activities, as well as more specific matters related to your children and your own physical and emotional health.
Barnardo’s – Mandala Project
Mandala offers a therapeutic package of in-depth child psychotherapy, supporting early childhood trauma, insecure attachment and low self-esteem.
Somerset Children and Young People’s Health & Wellbeing- Mental Health Toolkit (MHT)
This area of the Somerset Children and Young People’s Health & Wellbeing website provides support to schools, colleges and Somerset ‘getset’ services about mental health and emotional health & wellbeing. It brings together key information and recommended websites for staff working with children and young people in Somerset.
for relationship counselling and family difficulties.
PFSA (Parent & Family Support Advisors)
PFSAs work in and are managed by schools, referrals need to come via the students’ year head or the SENCO of the school where your child attends. PFSAs work with both the child and the family by supporting parents with the positive parenting program (PPP), housing, benefits, taking parents or students to appointments, help with form filling etc. If a family would like some support then they can call their child’s school and request support from the PFSA.
If you have a child 0-19 or are a young person they may be able to help you with any of the following: sleep routines, tantrums, fussy eating, potty training, money management, housing, return to work, child development, domestic abuse, healthy eating, breast feeding, managing behaviour, relationships, independent living or just want to talk.
Health Visiting Team
Health Visitors monitor health and developement of young children under 5 years old and offer support to their families.
Breastfeeding Groups, Coleford and Frome
Please contact Health Connections Mendip if you know of more Breastfeeding groups in the area.
Coleford: Tuesday 12.00noon – 1.30pm at the Link Children’s Centre, Anchor Rd, Coleford.
Frome: Wednesday 10.00am – 11.30am at the Key Centre, Feltham Rd, Frome.
PANDAS Support Group supporting individuals, their families and carers with pre and postnatal illnesses
Come along and meet the members of your nearest group for a chat, cup of team and a friendly face. Find us on Facebook.com/FromeandmidsomernortonPandasSupportGroup
Meetings take place on the first Monday of the month in 1-2.30pm in Frome at the Key Centre, Feltham Lane Frome. Second Tuesday of the month in 10-11.30am at Hush- A – Byes in Midsomer Norton. Please contact for more details.
“We’re here to support parents. We give them accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for their family, and we introduce them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.”
Diabetes in Children – Mendip Support Group
This is a family support group which provides support for children with diabetes and their parents/carers. Monthly meeting held on a Saturday. Contact for details as they sometimes go on trips.
PATCH – Support group for parents and carers of children or adolescents with mental health needs
This support group is for ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, Eating Disorders, Emotional Behaviour Problems etc.
We meet the 2nd Monday of every month, at The Redbrick Building, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury BA6 9FT 10:00am-12:00 noon, Call Ally Pomeroy to check first.
Dorothy House Hospice Care – Central and East Mendip
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.
There’s a myth that hospices are just places to die. In truth, our job is to help everyone live their life to its fullest potential. By connecting with people earlier after diagnosis, we can help them achieve their goals – no matter how big or small.
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.
Friends in Grief Group – Shepton Mallet Brasserie, High Street, Shepton Mallet every Wednesday 10am – 12pm. Come along Dorothy House available at meeting for support and advice.