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.
*Covid udate – Tech shed is running online. Check the website for details.*
Bringing together people with an interest in technology, to make useful things for the community of Frome.
Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm at The Remakery, The Welshmill Hub, Frome. £3 per week with a £5 annual membership fee. Concession rates are available.
Windsor Hill Wood is a small family based community offering Christian hospitality to people who, for any number of reasons, are finding life difficult. Come and join the community at Windsor Hill Wood for the day. You will be able to participate in all the activities of running the woodland and small holding as well as participating in silent meditation in the chapel and enjoying lunch together. To book yourself in please go to their Facebook Link or call the number below.
*Covid update – the group is not running at the moment*
Frome Youth PPG is a Patient Participation Group and health forum, made up of young people from around Frome. The organisation looks at ways to improve wellbeing and health services for young people, such as working with youth clinics, talking to GPs and nurses, as well as training to become Community Connectors.
The Frome Youth PPG presents a great opportunity for any young person, aged 19 years or under, interested in health, medicine and/or promoting the youth voice. The forum meets every four to six weeks on a weekday afternoon.
If you are interested in getting involved and would like to know the date of the next meeting, please contact Health Connections Mendip via the contact details below.
Wild Roots – Baltonsborough, BA6 8PQ
Open to anyone who would like to improve their wellbeing through growing and learning outdoor skills. The main emphasis is on growing but other interests are explored including woodland management during the winter and small-holding skills. Open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30am – 2:30pm. The project also welcomes volunteers, preferably those interested in gardening. Facilities are very basic – compost loo (no disabled access), shelter and camp fire. This group is open access and currently free – donations are welcome. There is a bus stop nearby (667 Street to Wincanton).
Wild Roots Wellbeing Days – Langport, TA10 0JD
These wellbeing days run on a regular basis and aim to improve the wellbeing of people of all ages through gentle physical activity, social connections, outdoor craft activities and learning skills in the vegetable and flower garden, with fresh produce for participants and volunteers to enjoy.
*Covid update – this group isn’t meeting at the moment.*
Retirement Gateways are places where people can meet others who have retired, find out about volunteering opportunities or just meet others and make new friends. Every three months across Mendip. Call for details.
Do something amazing. Volunteer. Would you like to share your love of reading with someone who is housebound and deliver library books to people in their own homes? Royal Voluntary Service is a charity and will provide full training.
‘Call in Time’ is a free public telephone befriending service run by Age UK. It matches volunteers with older members of the public. Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely and isolating, and a friendly, weekly, 30-minute chat on the phone can make all the difference. The calls are friendship calls and are not for counselling or bereavement support.
While we’re waiting to find a suitable match for an older member of the public, we carry out regular, short Good Day Calls with them, to make sure they don’t feel ignored. There is a criteria-people need to be over 60, live alone or be a full time carer and be able to hear clearly over the phone.
*COVID update: Regular Sunday afternoon tea parties have been suspended and replaced by call companions. This is a free service for older people who may be socially isolated and lonely and would enjoy a regular friendly chat over the phone. We plan to run both services after the crisis is over.*
Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly) has been providing social contact for older people for over 50 years. The monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties are a lifeline of friendship for lonely people over 75.
The service currently runs in Frome, Glastonbury,Shepton Mallet, Wells and Rode and you can refer someone, with their permission, on the website.
If you would like to refer anyone to our Call Companions use our online form, and we will then be in touch with the older person directly.
Looking for volunteers for their ‘Support at Home’ service which helps people on a short term basis who may need some support and help when they are first discharged from hospital. This could include collecting from patients hospital on the day of discharge then taking them home, or helping people settle back in at home, going shopping or befriending.
Full training is given and as a trained volunteer you can have the rewarding experience of helping others remain independent in their own homes. Could you spare a few hours to help support someone in need?
Want to volunteer with SPARK Somerset? We support and promote voluntary and community activity and encourage co-operation with other sectors to develop a more caring and inclusive society. We provide a pro-active and accessible services to all community groups and voluntary organisations, particularly those groups who do not have access to centralised support services.
Our services offer free, practical help, advice, support and representation of the views of its membership at local, county, regional and national level. To find out more visit our website or phone us for more information and advice about how to get involved.
Provide information relating to volunteering and details of volunteer bureau across the country.
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.
Community Connectors are members of the community who signpost and inform, friends, family, colleagues and neighbours about how to access support groups, services and information that might help improve their health and well being. If you would like to become a Community Connector, it is not about adding another job to your already busy day, but about using appropriate opportunities to inform people about the support that is out there.
Training for these voluntary roles is free and takes place throughout the year. For more information get in touch with our Community Connector coordinator, Julie Carey-Downes.
Fed up of overgrown stiles & gates? Can’t see signposts or waymarks? Do you enjoy walking, riding or cycling? Do you tend to use the same path regularly? Why not adopt-a-path & help us to look after it? To apply online or find out more information about volunteering please follow the links below or contact the Rights of Way Service, Somerset County Council.
Are you a problem solver, do you like a challenge? Could you use your life experience to help a child or young person having a tough time? For more information please contact Route 1 Advocacy. This volunteer role requires a criminal background check via the disclosure procedure.