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.
ESCAPE-pain is a group based, rehabilitation programme for the management of osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip. It is available widely across the UK and is supported by NHS England and Versus Arthritis. The programme has attained multiple awards and endorsements.
Classes are run by a exercise professional and delivered over 12 sessions (2 classes per week over 6 weeks). Each class integrates education and exercise. A GP or physiotherapist referral is needed to join the programme.
This website has helpful information, leaflets, tools and videos on managing pain.
Their service is by referral only. However, the resources on the website are available to the public.
Self help tips on pain and links to information on pain management.
*Covid update – Support is being offered over the phone*
Health Connectors are based in all the GP practices in Mendip. We can help you in a number of ways. We can work with you on a one to one basis – we listen to what is important to you and work with you on issues that you feel are areas that you would like support with. We can link you with services and organisations, help you manage long term conditions, help you meet new people, join groups or set goals that might improve your health and wellbeing. We can also help you set up new groups if it is needed in your area. We see people in GP practices or in your home if you are housebound. As well as linking you to groups/services we also run groups such as Talking Cafes, Pain Management Programmes and On Track Goal Setting Groups.
*Updated due to Covid pandemic. Currently running but meeting outside, call Health Connections Mendip on 01373 468368*
On Track is a goal setting group service. Come along to these friendly peer led groups where you can join people who are setting goals that might improve their health and wellbeing. Get support and support others, get on track and have a chat over a cup of tea. Please contact us on 01373 468368 for specific dates.
Frome Every other Tuesday, 10.00am to 11.30am – Frome Medical Practice, Enos Way, BA11 1FH
Shepton Mallet Every other Monday, 10.30am to 12.00pm – The Brasserie, 64 High Street, Shepton Mallet
Street Every other Friday, 3.00pm to 4.30pm – Fondo Lounge, 107 High St, Street BA16 0EY
The aim of the programme is to provide self-management support for people living with persistent pain. The core focus is to enable people to better manage their own health through increasing their self confidence, increasing their skills and supporting positive changes in health related behaviour; resulting in people who feel they are in control of their health choices. This is a rolling programme consisting of six free sessions. Sessions are provided once a week for 2 hours and are held in Frome, Shepton Mallet, Wells and Glastonbury.
*Covid update- Currently not meeting, Support being offered on the CHILL Facebook page, link on the CHILL website*
CHILL-Chronic Illness, Living and Learning is a peer support group for people with long term health conditions.
If you have ME/CFS, MS, Parkinsons, depression, arthritis, you are welcome to come along to our peer support group for people with long term health conditions run by people with long term health conditions. The group’s aim is to provide a platform for you to: Connect with others and make new friends, learn about available therapies, support, exercise and financial assistance from guest speakers. We meet on the first Monday of every month 1pm until 3pm at the Blue House, 4 The Bridge, Frome BA11 1AP. No need to book a place, just turn up.