Meniere’s Peer Support Group – Frome
Come along to this friendly, supportive Meniere’s peer support group and meet others who’ve been affected by this condition. Get support and support others. Friends and family members welcome.
When: Monday 11th March Where: Frome Medical Practice BA11 2FH Time: 1:00pm-2.30pm Free
This group runs every three months- please call us for the next date if you miss the next one.
Frome Community Cars – Mendip Community Transport
Frome Community Cars is now under the umbrella of Mendip Community Transport. Do you find it difficult to get to medical appointments, visit loved ones or get the things you need? If so, Frome Community Cars (Mendip Community Transport) may be able to help. We have a network of local volunteer drivers who provide lifts within Frome and beyond. Contribution to cover costs is requested. To see if you are eligible and join for free or to volunteer as a driver, please contact Frome Community Cars which is now managed by Mendip Community Transport.
Frome Area Leg Club
Frome Area Leg Club – open every Wednesday 9-12 noon at Frome Football Club. If you are a Frome Medical Practice patient you can drop in for Leg Ulcer treatment, refreshments and friendly advice. Leg ulcers, dry/wet legs, hosiery and Well Leg Advice. Friends/family members and carers welcome to come with you too.
Somerset Care and Repair, Mendip, Bath and North East Somerset
Care and Repair is a home improvement agency 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 services covers the whole of the Somerset (including Mendip, South Somerset, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset) and all of Bath and North East Somerset. For more information about the services available visit the website, email the office or phone the number below.
Somerset Care & Repair Ltd, Barley House, The Old Brewery, Charlton Estate, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5QE
Tai Chi for Health
List of classes correct as of October 2018
We teach people with health issues and we teach people that need exercise and relaxation. The Tai Chi we teach Shibashi can be done standing or sitting– for further information on the Tai Chi classes please contact the class Instructor.
Binegar: Tuesday 2 – 3pm Binegar Village Hall. Contact: Jo on 01749 342035
Castle Cary: Friday 10-11am Methodist Hall, Castle Cary. Contact: Jo on 01749 342035
Croscombe: Monday 10.30-11.30 in Croscombe village hall, Wells BA5 3RA Contact: Jan on 01749 346774
Dinder: Tuesday 10-11 am Class at Dinder Village Hall, North of Church. BA5 3PE. Contact: John on 01749 676738.
Dinder: Tuesday 11.30-12.30 Class at Dinder Village Hall, north of Church BA5 3PE. Contact Paul on 01749 346774
Ditcheat: Monday 10.30-11.30 Class at Ditcheat Village Hall, Ditcheat. BA4 6RB. Contact: Richard on 01749 880308
Doulting: Wednesdays 10.30am – 11.30am Doulting School Hall. Contact Ruth on 01749 342508
Frome: Fridays 2-3 pm at Frome Cricket Club 30 Rodden Road, BA11 2AH. Contact: Denise on 07941796635
Henton: Thursday 10.30-12 Class at Henton Village Hall, Henton, BA5 1PD. Contact: Beith on 01458 898997
Shepton Mallet: Thursday 12.30- 1.30pm St Michaels Church, Park Road, Shepton Mallet. Contact: Ruth on 01749 342508
Wells: Friday 2.30- 3.30pm Class at Connect Centre Portway, BA5 2BE. Contact Mike on 01749 677277
Blue Badge Scheme for disabled people
The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired. People who have a blue badge can park close to their destination in on-street parking and car parks. The form can either be filled in online or you can call Somerset County Council.
The cost of a blue badge is £10. The badge can only be used with the person who owns the badge in the car at the time of parking, as a photograph is used on the badge, for identification. Badges take approximately a month to arrive.
If you are disabled, you may be able to exchange your mobility allowance to get a vehicle that suits your needs. What’s more you don’t even need to drive. Family, friends or carers can drive on your behalf.
The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair by exchanging their Government funded mobility allowance . If you receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA), the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP) , the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) you may be eligible to join the Motability Scheme.
Disabled Facilities Grant
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.
Red Cross Mobility Aids Service
For the hire of mobility aids including wheelchairs. Delivery costs £10 and Pick up £10 as well as donation for the hire depending on the item. Cost no barrier for those not able to donate.
Hospital Car Service
Mendip Community Transport. This service provides transport to hospitals outside the Mendip Area for patients who are unable to use conventional public transport. There is limited availability within Mendip area ie not Frome address to Frome Hospital. Passengers are advised to book as soon as an appointment is received. Cost 60p per mile with small reduction if a Bus Pass is held.
All passengers must complete a registration form which is available on request from MCT.
Mendip Community Transport
Mendip Community Transport, Slinky Service – This service provides transport for Senior citizens, those with disabilities & socially excluded persons (i.e. no access to local bus routes). It is a first come, first served service so passengers are advised to give as much notice as possible. Please phone the booking Line for details of cost and availability – Bus Passes are accepted.
Accessible Countryside for Everyone (ACE)
For information on disabled access, wheelchair walks, easy access for all, mobility, Walks on Wheels, Miles without Stiles and buggy walks visit the ACE website.
This site also provides information regarding taxi companies with disabled friendly taxis, along with wheelchair and scooter hire.
Disabled Persons Railcard
You may be able to apply for a disabled person’s rail card, if you are in receipt of certain benefits, are visually impaired or registered as deaf, please see website for details, the card will allow you a third off rail travel and costs £20.00 a year.