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Directory: Families, Parenting and Young Children

Charlie Waller Trust

Mental health charity supporting young people, parents, carers, schools, colleges, universities and employers. They offer a wide range of free guides, booklets, posters, videos and more.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.

This is a free, private and confidential service. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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Children’s World Glastonbury

Children’s World is a charity that provides education, entertainment, workshops and fun for children of all abilities in the Glastonbury area, as well as throughout the UK and world wide. The charity works closely with schools and also runs regular Tuning into Teens and Tuning into Kids workshops for parents and carers.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Family Counselling Trust

A low cost early intervention counselling service covering the Somerset area.  Offers family therapy, Art therapy, trauma therapy and CBT.  Self referral form on their website.

FCT Somerset is currently accepting referrals from GPs, schools & other professionals working with children, as well as from parents, carers and families. 

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Family Lives

Family Lives provides targeted early intervention and crisis support to families. If you need to talk, we’re here to listen. Services include free confidential helpline, support for parents, online parenting course, parenting advice videos, forums, leaflets and resources.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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FIND: Family Information Network Directory- Frome

Frome’s Family Information Network Directory, an easy to use, and up to date platform for you to find the information you need for your family all in one place.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Focus Frome-Young Persons Wellbeing Drop In

Focus Frome are doing a weekly drop in for young people aged 13-19 who maybe feeling anxious, overwhelmed or struggling with their mental health. This will be a confidential space where young people can access professional support from qualified and trainee counsellors.

Every Thursday at The Good Heart Cafe 7 Palmer St, Frome BA11 1DS 3:00pm-5:00pm

For more information please call Focus counselling or email them, contact information below.

Last updated: 29th August 2023

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Frome Birth Talk

Frome Birth Talk is a charity in Frome that provides free professional counselling for anyone who is pregnant, has had a baby in the last 2 years or has experienced baby loss.
We support all parents regardless of gender and offer both free counselling and weekly support groups. We’re supported by the Friends of Frome Hospital and use the Friends Room for our counselling sessions and we also offer Zoom and phone counselling sessions.

We  run two in-person drop-in groups – on Wednesday we use the Moxon Suite at Frome Community Hospital for our Bump to Baby group (10am-11.30am), and on Fridays we run a Frome Toddler Talk group at Trinity Hall for pre-school children (9.30am-11.30am). Both groups run throughout the school holidays.

Last updated: 30th August 2023

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Frome Breastfeeding Support Group

Please check on our Facebook page or call to find where we are meeting. We meet in people’s homes in Frome and surrounding villages.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Health Visiting Team

Health Visitors monitor health and development of young children under 5 years old and offer support to their families. You can make contact by calling the  number below;

The Health Visiting Team also run the Chat Health text service, a new safe and easy way to contact the Health Visiting team, where you will receive confidential help and advice via text.

Suitable for parents & carers of children under the age of 5 years old.

The Chat Health service operates Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm and is only available by using a UK mobile.

 

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Mendip NCT (National Childbirth Trust)

Support for parents with branches across the Mendips. The NCT can give impartial and accurate information so parents can decided what is best for their family. They introduce parents to local networks to gain practical and emotional support.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Parent and Toddler Group – Shepton Mallet

Parent and Toddler Group, meet at the Salvation Army, Old Magistrates Court, 21 Commercial Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BU. Mondays and Wednesdays 10am – 11.30am (term times only)

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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PFSA (Parent & Family Support Advisors)

A Parent and Family Support Advisor or PFSA is someone who works in school providing help for parents and families. They support parents with some of the everyday problems that they might be having with their children so that the children are happy to attend school and engage in their learning. PFSAs are available to all parents but will usually only work directly with a family when they are going through a tough period and they need that extra help to get them through. PFSAs support parents with things like behaviour, attendance and health and can signpost families to more specialist support if it is needed.

PROMISEworks

An independent charity offering the support of long term volunteer mentors to vulnerable young people in Somerset.  PROMISEworks matches young people between the ages of 5 and 25.

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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Purple Elephant Family Support – Frome

Services to support children and families in the Frome area such as:-

Frome Toy Library for lending with stay & play,  Small Steps parenting support for early years, family activities during school holidays, Frome Children’s Festival and other ad hoc support projects. Please visit the website for more information and the link below for more information on getting referred.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Reaching Out – Frome Tennis Club

Frome Tennis Club are providing free coaching and free membership for juniors of age 4 to 18 from low-income families, and for adopted children.

If you are a parent or guardian that qualifies (or is likely to qualify on your child starting school) for Pupil Premium funding, then you are likely to be eligible for the scheme. You can get in touch via the email address below.

Half-price club membership is also available via a separate scheme for adults from low-income families (see the club web site for details) so you could join as a family at significantly reduced cost.

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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Route 1 Advocacy

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).

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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School Nurses in Somerset

School nurses are public health nurses who will work with 5 to 19 year olds. Their primary aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of this age group, and identify those who need early help.

Parents of a school age children requiring advice and support can contact the School Nurse text line Parent Service on 07480 635515. For young people aged 11-19 years old please text the School Nurse Young People’s Service  on 07480 635516.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Singing Mamas – Wells

A new singing group for women’s wellbeing by Somerset Arts Well.

A friendly singing circle sharing beautiful songs from around the world, taught by ear. No Experience needed. Mums, grandmas or women without kids, all welcome.

At Portway Annexe, The Portway Bldg, Portway Ave, Wells BA5 2QF on Tuesdays at 10-11 am. Starting 5th September 2023. Cost £7 per session.

 

Last updated: 22nd September 2023

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Somerset Big Tent

Big Tent provides a website of organisations that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 5-25 in Somerset.

Last updated: 24th August 2023

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Somerset Phoenix Project

The Somerset Phoenix Project is here to support you in whatever way possible if you find that your child has been sexually abused. Get in contact to see how we can support you.

If your situation is an emergency or an escalating emergency please contact the relevant statutory services in your area such as social care and/or the police.

Last updated: 21st August 2023

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Somerset’s Children with Disabilities Service

Tiny Hearts- Frome

Free cuppa and a play for under 5’s and their grown-up. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00-11:00 at The Good Heart Cafe, 7 Palmer Street, Frome

Last updated: 31st August 2023

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