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.
If you’re a young person living in Somerset you may find that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be difficult. 2BU run an LGBTQ+ group with the YMCA for young people up to 25 which meets at YMCA Frome Youth and Community Centre, Vallis Road, Frome BA11 3EF the first Thursday of every month from 6-8pm. Please come along!
Tips written with young people by young people during the coronavirus pandemic. For more information to support you go to the Somerset Children & Young People Health & Wellbeing website.
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 / email@example.com
At the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust we produce booklets and posters on many aspects of mental health. These are free to download or order and include our Parent’s Guide to Depression. Mental health problems in children and young people, national and local organisations that offer guidance for parents leaflet Parents leaflet Somerset Printable version
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.
Are you a young carer? If you’re aged between 10 and 18 then please come along to the Zone and meet new friends who are in the same boat! Wednesdays 6.00pm-8.00p.m. Fortnightly at Rise, Whittox Lane, Frome, BA11 3BY . Please contact us to discuss a place as places 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.
Edventure offer the MAKE course to young adults aged 18-35 whether you are out of work, looking for a new direction or just want to gain confidence. Spend 3 weeks in a team learning to design, make and sell products made from raw materials such as metal, wood, fabric, silver and leather.
See the website for the course times and booking form. The MAKE course is FREE.
Youth With A Future (YWAF) work alongside other organisations to support young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or threatened with homelessness and those in supported housing projects in the Mendip area of Somerset and also supports local positive youth initiatives and activities.
HOPELineUK is a confidential support and advice service for:
– Young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide
– Anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.
Opening hours are 9am-10pm weekdays, 2pm-10pm weekends, and 2pm-10pm Bank Holidays.
Kooth.com is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support on-line. Kooth delivers thousands of counselling sessions each year to young people aged 11-18. Available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year.
Youth Matters is for young people aged up to 25 who are living with mental health distress in Mendip. We offer targeted mental health support from our base in Frome, Routes Cafe every Wednesday 11.00am-3.00pm. You can be referred to us by someone else or refer yourself by calling the office or emailing.
An online information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.
For 18 – 24 year olds. Develop Skills in growing your own food and with teamwork. Mondays 9.30am – 3.30pm near Balstonsborough. Please call for more information.
We provide advice and support to children and young people in Somerset. If you are a child in care you could ask for an advocate if you are worried or upset about something. If you are a young person who would like to request advocacy please email us (see below).
The Wessex Counselling Service has counsellors who are experienced in working with children and young people, and offers counselling for those aged 15 – 18 years. Please contact us for more information.
SWISH services are designed especially for young people, including under 16’s, in Somerset. Visit our website for information about many aspects of sexual health including contraception, unplanned pregnancy and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Please check the website or call to find out opening times for each clinic.
SWISH Strode College –Near the refectory in the first aid room on Mondays 12.30 – 2pm This clinic is run by a SWISH Services Nurse or Doctor. Students only in term time.
SWISH Frome, Frome Community Hospital, Enos Way, BA11 2FH
Thursdays 09.30 – 15.00 Appointment only.
Young person clinic (YPC) Age 19 and under is held in Frome Medical practice Wednesday 3pm-5pm Drop in.
SWISH Wells, Outpatients Department (next to Wells Health Centre)
Appointments: Wednesdays 1:15- 4:15 (from September 2019)
A service for 16-25 year olds provided in partnership with the YMCA and housing consortium. For the Mendip area please see phone number and email address below.
YMCA Mendip with its main base in Wells, covers the whole of the Mendip area – Frome, Shepton Mallet, Street, Glastonbury, Wells and surrounding villages. Our project work provides a range of services for young people, with an emphasis on housing and homelessness, helping them to grow in confidence, develop as individuals and realise their full potential.
In Somerset there is a Young Carers Project that exists to provide support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people aged 8 – 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home. This could be a parent, grandparent, brother, sister or other relative. Care may be needed for the relative because they have a • A disability• Poor physical health• Poor mental health• An addiction to alcohol or other substances. You need a referral to use this service and Somerset Direct is the first port of call.