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.
Methodist Homes MHA run ‘The Kitchen’ service which offers the tastiest of hot meals, different every day and always includes fresh vegetables. This costs only £5 a day, and is delivered to you on a hot plate. If you are older and isolated you can subscribe yourself or someone else to this service by calling 07725 477274.
The Somerset Social Care and Support for Adults Guide explores the entire social care journey.
The online guide includes information on:
The social care guide also gives you a list of care providers in Somerset, so whether you’re looking for a nursing home for dad in Frome, or a home care service for mum in Taunton Deane, this health and social care directory can help you. Follow the website link below to the e-book.
This is an online tool designed to give impartial advice about equipment to help make your daily living easier.
Hot meals delivered by volunteer drivers. Delivering hot fresh lunches in the following areas: Cheddar, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street, Wells and surrounding villages.
Cost: £6.00 for 2 courses – Menu available online. Orders taken over the telephone or via email (order before 3.00pm for next day delivery). Frozen meals can also be ordered.
Berkley Catering Ltd offer a hot lunchtime meal delivery service in the Frome Area, providing you daily with a choice of two main meals and two desserts brought to you piping hot on china tableware. Delivery will be between 12 and 1.30pm Monday -Friday Mains meals £4.00 and a dessert £2.00
A complete monthly list of choices will be sent to you, simply ring to pre order or tell us your next order when we deliver.
Somerset Independence Plus can offer advice and financial assistance that covers a number of improvements, adaptations or repairs that might need to be carried out on your home. They can also give information on grants available for keeping your home warm, lowering bills, insulation costs etc.
The Home Maintenance Service is a subsidised service for small repairs and jobs around your house. The care and repair team works together with local authorities as well as the NHS in Somerset. The service also aims to reduce accidents and help make your home more secure.
We make it quick and easy by being your first point of contact for whatever support you need. Many of our team are veterans themselves so they understand the issues that people face after leaving the Armed Forces. They work with people on a one-to-one basis, connecting them with the right support as soon as possible.
Micro providers provide help at home in the Somerset and Mendip area. For the directory see website link below and please read front sheet carefully for description of what microproviders can do.
*Covid update. At the moment Home Safety Visits will only be carried out in the following circumstances:
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service offer a Free Home Fire Safety Visit – a visit involves a fire and rescue service employee visiting your home to give advice and guidance to help with fire safety needs eg fit a smoke detector if there isn’t one, provide advice about hazards around the home, talk through an escape plan and provide additional safety items such as vibrating alerts (subject to criteria). Also advice for people with hoarding issues.
For support on many issues affecting the elderly such as housing, benefits advice, hospital discharge, isolation, and care homes.
*As a result of COVID we are only doing doorstep deliveries and are unable to enter readers homes. We will support readers with telephone befriending calls.*
The Royal Voluntary Service have volunteers across Somerset who offer help and support so older people can stay independent at home. Volunteers will visit you at home and work with you to create a support package that suits you. This may include some company and a chat with regular visits from a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, telephone befriending or delivering Books on Wheels and other items like DVDs to your home. The Royal Voluntary Service also run lunch clubs and social clubs for people to attend. Calls can be made Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Covid update: Most services remain the same, furniture is now online only.*
HomeFirst Plus is a not for profit social enterprise providing a range of practical services and home adaptations designed to support elderly, disabled and vulnerable people and enable them to continue to live safe, warm and secure within their own homes. The service covers the whole of the Somerset (including Mendip, South Somerset, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset) and all of Bath and North East Somerset.
Somerset Direct – Adult Social Care supports adults of working age and older people who have disabilities, mental health problems, a sensory loss or general frailty.
If you or someone in your property is disabled you may qualify for a Disabled Facilities Grant. This would help towards the cost of providing major adaptations and facilities that would help the person to live in their home. The applicant of the grant must be either the owner of the property or a tenant.
The landlord of the property may also apply and a tenant must have the permission of the landlord. There are conditions attached please ask on application. To apply contact Adult Social Care on the number below and ask for an Occupational Therapist Assessment or visit website for more information.
The Cinnamon Trust is a national network of community service volunteers that provide practical help when any aspect of day to day care of pets pose a problem, for example, walking the dog for a housebound owner.
A national fostering service is provided for pets whose owners face a spell in hospital. Volunteers take pets into their own homes and supply love and care in abundance until owner and pet can be reunited. For more information about the service or to become a volunteer please call us or visit our website. Please note referrals need to be done by the individual.
For the hire of mobility aids including wheelchairs. There’s a delivery and pick up costs as well as donation for the hire depending on the item. Cost no barrier for those not able to donate.
The Red Cross helps thousands of people following a short stay in hospital and prevents unnecessary hospital admissions by providing extra support at home. The support offered by our volunteers can smooth the process of settling back into a normal routine and enable people to regain their confidence and independence. The service includes: rebuilding confidence, collecting prescriptions, offering companionship, assistance with shopping. The service is available on a time-limited basis. Usually 6 weeks. Referrals are accepted from GPs, hospitals, social workers and individuals. No Domestic chores such as washing up carried out.
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.