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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.
Brand new to Openstorytellers, we are excited to offer a Wellbeing Group for people with learning disabilities and autism aged 16+
It’s taking place on Tuesday mornings from 11.30am-12.30pm.
The group will be exploring healthy eating, gentle exercise, yoga, aromatherapy, creative writing and more!
Spaces are limited, so please get in touch if you’d like to book a place for someone – 01373 454099 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Strawberry Club meet at The Salvation Army, Goswell Road, Street, BA16 0JG on a Monday 5.30pm – 7.00pm. They welcome any adults with learning difficulties. Craft and other activities are available as well as refreshments. Cost is £2.00 per session.
This project aims to benefit people with learning disabilities and people who are isolated, elderly or vulnerable in the community. A gardening service, led by adults with learning disabilities will be available to people in the community who are unable to care for their gardens themselves.
The activities include: Garden assessments – Garden maintenance – Garden waste disposal and some planting. Call the number below, leave your contact name and number and the jobs you would like done and the gardening team will call you back.
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 at Vallis Youth & Community Centre, Frome, BA11 3EF. Call us to discuss places as they 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.
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.
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.
Frome: Tuesdays between 4.00 – 6.00pm at Harry’s Hydro (Critchill School), Frome BA11 4LB.
Term Dates for 2019-2020:
Autumn Term 17th September, 24th September, 1st October, 15th October, 22nd October, 5th November, 12th November, 19th November, 26th November, 3rd December
Spring Term 14th January, 21st January, 28th January, 4th February, 11th February, 25th February, 3rd March, 10th March, 17th March, 24th March
Summer Term 21st April, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 2nd June, 9th June, 16th June, 23rd June, 30th June, 7th July
Orchard Vale Trust is a local charity offering residential, day and community services to adults with learning disabilities. Orchard Vale Trust offer opportunities that enable people to develop social, communication and independent living skills, so that they are able to feel more connected and engaged within their local communities. People are given the opportunity to learn new skills and gain meaningful work experience. They also offer opportunities that improve health and wellbeing such as supporting adults with learning disabilities to understand the importance of increasing physical activity, healthy eating and having fun. The opportunities are offered in various locations within the Mendip area. Free taster sessions are available for anyone interested in any opportunities available, but please note that there are charges associated for attending further sessions.
If you are interested in finding out more about these opportunities, please contact Lisa Pearce on either of the numbers below.
KeyRing Talking Cafe is a drop-in for people who have a care and support need. Meet new people and chat to a Community Connector about activities, support groups and services in your community.
Where & when: Frome Medical Centre, upstairs in the Boardroom, on the last Wednesday of the month, 10am—12 noon.
At the KeyRing Hub you can talk to someone from KeyRing and find out about local services. There is the opportunity to hear guest speakers, meet new people, gain new skills, get support with your money, get information about your health, and speak to an advocate.
Thursdays, 2pm-5pm The Cheese and Grain- Free!
You can borrow talking books free of charge, if you are registered with a visual impairment, are unable to hold or use printed material due to a physical disability or if you are dyslexic.
Openstorytellers is an arts-based charity created to enrich and empower the lives of people who have learning disabilities or autism. Through the use of story and narrative we help people to develop their communication skills and find their voice: to be heard, understood, valued and included, and to make choices in their lives.
Most of our activities happen at Rise, in the centre of Frome, Whittox Lane BA11 3BY We offer a range of activities that can be enjoyed by people with diverse interests and abilities, and include people that have more severe communication difficulties.
If you want to find out how you could Get Connected come and find out for yourself. On Tuesdays our doors are open between 10 and 4pm. Please give us a call if you would like to come.
Created so that people know where to find ‘accessible’ health information. ‘Accessible’ information is information that uses easy words with pictures covering food and exercise; informative health videos and useful health advice. There are over 500 leaflets on Easyhealth made by many different organisations. You can print off nearly all the leaflets straight away.
We may be able to help people in need, living in the South West, with funding for respite holidays, days away, taxis etc. Registered charity 1069330
Available to everyone affected by sight loss. Whether you’re losing your sight, blind or partially sighted, our practical and emotional support can help you face the future with confidence. Services include talking library books, specialist education for children young people and learning disability support. Services such as e-Learning courses are also provided to businesses, support workers and individuals to help understand and accommodate people affected by sight loss.
English National Concessionary Travel Scheme Passes are available for residents of Somerset who are of pensionable age or eligible on the grounds of disability. The pass allows you to travel free on buses in every area of England subject to certain time restrictions. Download application form online or contact Transporting Somerset who will post form.