COVID 19 Update: Due to the current COVID 19 situation it is likely that many of the face to face organisations and services listed across our website are suspended. Please call to check first.
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.
Somerset’s new animation information, supporting the personal journey into maternity and parenthood.
Lots of information and videos on a range of topics including preconception care, pregnancy planning, healthy pregnancy, maternity support, parent and carer toolkits – all the way through to the teenage years. Click on the links below for more information:
Free children’s activity packs from Purple Elephant Productions for families affected by the lockdown. For families on benefits or low income, have a child with additional needs, loss of job or a loved one, or if you have mental health issues including post-natal depression. Delivered to your door, no charge but donations to their just giving page are welcome.
Purple Elephant Productions run projects to support children and families in Frome and the local area. Our projects include Frome Toy Library, which runs stay and play sessions with access to parenting support, loans out toys and play sacks and can deliver to isolated families. Our projects can accommodate children with additional needs.
Active Mums online exercise classes are being held online between 7th October and 9th December 2020 on Wednesday evenings, from 6.30pm-7.30pm on Zoom. The sessions are being organised by SASP (Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership) in partnership with Somerset County Council’s Health Visitors. Suitable for all stages of pregnancy and for new mums, with adaptations for all fitness levels.
The programme will run for 10 weeks and women can attend some or all of the sessions which are 45 minutes long, with time to chat with other mums at the end. There are 15 spaces per session.
No equipment is needed. A free stay active pack is also available for all mums who participate. Please visit the web link below for home exercise videos and other information and resources to help you and your baby get active.
Contact Tiff Wood for further information.
Resources for children and young people with physical, mental and emotional health needs.
*Covid update-Currently suspended*
New buggy walking session. They are led by trained walk leaders and for those who want to socialise and enjoy being outside. They meet on Thursdays at 9:45 for a 10 am start at the Cheese and Grain. Its a circular walk, approx 2 miles at a moderate brisk pace lasting about 45-60 mins. All levels welcome and a special cuppa deal at the end at the Cheese and Grain. Provided by SASP and Somerset Health Walks.
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.
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
An exciting club for young people with additional needs aged 10 to 17. Trips out, have fun, make friends in a safe and supportive environment.
Tuesdays 6.00pm-8.00pm (term time)
Vallis Youth & Community Centre, Frome, BA11 3EF.
Call us to discuss places as they are limited.
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 Rise, Whittox Lane, Frome, BA11 3BY . Please contact us to discuss a place as places are limited.
This is a social group for people with additional needs aged between 18 to 30 where you can make friends, learn new skills, and have fun!
Mondays 7.00pm-9.00pm at RISE, Whittox Lane, Frome, BA11 3BY.
Places are limited so please contact us to book.
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.
* Covid-19 update: Harry’s Hydro is only open to pupils of Critchill School whilst national government restrictions are in place *
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.
*Covid update- Open for referrals, mostly remote working, please refer in the usual way, through the website*
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 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
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.
MindEd is a free educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
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.
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 Visitors monitor health and developement of young children under 5 years old and offer support to their families.
*COVID update. Meetings aren’t happening at the moment but support is available on the phone, via email, Facebook or on the website.*
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.
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.
*During Covid-19 we are not holding groups or meetings but if you require help and support, either email us, call us or visit our website.*
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.