Families and young children
No-one likes living in a cold, damp home but when heating bills are so high, it’s hard to know what you can do.
Try our Winter Home Health Check: we’ve compiled ten things you can check at home to put yourself in the best position to stay warm and well this winter. Click here http://www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Winter-Home-Health-Check.pdf
If you’d like a printed copy, pop into the Town Hall or contact Anna Francis
Insulate your home: grant funding for insulation is now available through insulation firm Evolve. Most households could get at least a 50% discount and some will qualify for free insulation.
- Insulating your loft will save you around £130 each year
- Homes built after 1945 will have cavity walls. Filling these with insulation could save you £145 per year.
Figures quoted are for a semi-detached house. Source: Energy Saving Trust
Get an Interest Free Loan to help with fuel cost
Borrow up to £500 to help spread the cost of buying expensive fuels such as oil, LPG, coal and wood. More info here
Talk to the experts: Call the free helpline on 0800 082 2234 to talk to a specialist energy advisor at the Centre for Sustainable Energy. They can give you impartial advice, grant information and practical ideas specific to you and your home.
We are an independent charity offering the support of long term volunteer mentors to vulnerable young people in Somerset.
PROMISEworks matches young people between the ages of 5 and 25.
Referral criteria include; Offending behaviour, Mental Health Issues, Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse, Leaving Care, Adoption Support, CSE Risk, Exclusion from School, Disabilities .
MATT’S RESPITE RETREATS – AFFORDABLE BREAKS FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY CANCER
Matt’s Respite Retreats is a service providing affordable breaks for those affected by cancer within Dorset, Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset. We support 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.
Matt’s Respite Retreats have the use of a two bedroom static caravan which can sleep up to six (including a pull out double bed in the lounge). The caravan has two bedrooms consisting of a double with En-suite bathroom and a twin room with a bathroom across the hallway.
For a small charge (currently £50-£60) you are able to take a three or four-night stay. Passes for the pools and entertainment complex are being very generously given free of charge by Haven. If you need help with funding this then we are able to direct you to other charities who will consider funding these for you.
Please contact us for a Nomination form or for further information.
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.
What is HOPELineUK?
HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for:
- Young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide
- Anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.
A HOPELineUK advisor will hear about the things that are happening in your life that are contributing to your thoughts of suicide and provide advice about how you can cope with your thoughts of suicide, or where you can access help. You can also speak to our HOPELineUK advisors to get advice about how to start a conversation about suicide with someone you are concerned about, and how to best support them. Opening hours are 10am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-5pm Bank Holidays.
NHS Choices online Mood Zone
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
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.
National Charity for stillbirth and neonatal death. SANDS offers support for anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby. Contact for details of national and local groups.
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.
The Early Help offer in Somerset is not just for young children, as problems can emerge at any point throughout childhood and adolescence. The Early Help offer includes universal and targeted services designed to reduce and prevent problems escalating or becoming entrenched.
If you have a child 0-19 or are a young person, Early Help may be able to help 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.
Alternatively if you just want to talk, contact us by phone.
Welcome to Pregnancy Crisis Support – Mendip
We offer a confidential place to come to talk through your worries. We give supportive help for those facing a crisis pregnancy, or needing specialist post-abortion or baby loss recovery support, or for pregnancy related issues. Please ring for an appointment. [Partners or relatives are most welcome if you wish.] We cover these areas Glastonbury, Wells, Street, Bridgwater, Frome, Shepton Mallet, Weston-Super-Mare, Bath, Wincanton and Castle Cary.
We’re open Monday to Saturday for appointments only. Please ring and leave a message, or send an email, and we’ll get back to you discretely to arrange an appointment at a convenient time – our answer-phone is checked daily.
for relationship counselling and family difficulties.
PFSA (Parent & Family Support Advisors)
– PFSA work in and are managed by schools, referrals need to come via the students year head or school 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. We support young people with attendance, behaviour, self-esteem, confidence building, bullying, funding for trips and uniform or supporting them to find groups to join. PFSAs work with students that may struggle with transition between schools. CAMHS and CSC refer to the PFSAs through schools on a regular basis as children do not always meet their threshold. 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.