Directory: Neurological (Brain Injury, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, MND Epilepsy)
Bath and District Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society
We are dedicated to helping people with MS, carers and families affected by MS. We can help with 1:1 support, information, exercise groups and social groups. We cover a large area in and around Bath including BA1, BA2, Keynsham, Saltford, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Peasedown St. John, Bradford-on-Avon, Westbury, Trowbridge, Warminster and Frome.
Citizens Advice Mendip – MS Advisor
The Mendip Multiple Sclerosis Society Group has secured a partnership with Citizens Advice Mendip that will provide access to professional and informed help on a variety of matters including –
Assistance with claiming benefits, help with debt resolution, issues at work or dealing with discrimination and advice on housing, healthcare and education.
For help with these and many other matters, contact Jade who is their dedicated MS Adviser on the number or email below. Appointments with Jade are available: Thursdays 12:30pm -4pm (appointments at other times by request).
We exist to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy.
You can book a place in a virtual group online by visiting the website below. You can also find out if there is an in-person support group near you by visiting thier website.
Harry’s Hydro is a hydrotherapy pool based in Frome.
Individual led sessions are available. Other people will be in the pool at the same time doing their own exercises. Cost per session is £9 for an initial session then £90 for ten sessions to be paid in advance if wishing to continue.
You can also join hydrotherapy group exercise classes. A taster session costs £10. Future sessions need to be booked in groups of 10 and paid for in advance.
For more information and to book the hydrotherapy pool, please follow the link to the contact page of their website below.
Headway Somerset supports individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. They offer: Information, Practical Advice, A listening ear and time to talk, Specialist services to aid your recovery – including Rehabilitation Centres, one to one support in the community as well as relatives support groups and a volunteer Buddy project to help you link with your community and your interests.
Talking Café held in Haskins Café- Shepton Mallet 10-11:30 on the third Thursday of the month. For anyone looking for information , who has a personal experience, supports someone or is a professional with questions. All welcome, no need to book.
Mendip Branch of Multiple Sclerosis Society
Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, join our group to connect with other people from the community and share experiences. We don’t want anyone to face MS alone. From information on local services to opportunities to meet others in the area and more, our group is part of a large network of MS Society groups across the UK. We hope to meet you soon!
Exercise group – The Crispin Community Hall in Street every Wednesday 10.15-11.30. £5 per session or £15 per month. Contact Linda Bolton for more information.
Coffee morning – Salvation Hall, Goswell Road, Street. First Friday of the month 10.30am – 12.00pm. Contact Linda Bolton for more information.
Art Therapy- Elim Connect Centre, Portway, Wells BA5 2BE Group. Monday from 11am. Contact Hilary Rapp for more informaion.
Mendip Branch Parkinson’s UK
We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their friends, families and carers. Join us at our friendly group meeting. We often have speakers and there’s always chance for a chat and to meet friends old and new over a cuppa. We also organise regular events and social activities. The hall is accessible with parking.
We meet monthly on the second Wednesday from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Bovemoor sheltered Housing Scheme Street. Strode Road, Street, BA16 0DY. There is no charge. Do call Janet for more information.
Motor Neurone Disease – Local NHS Support Somerset
A diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) can often take a long time to confirm. We provide a range of tests, often on a repeated basis on the nerves and muscles, to diagnose this condition.
If you or a member of your family is diagnosed, we will co-ordinate your care here in the neurology department. We monitor and support you with help from a team of health professionals in speech, diet, eating, breathing support and physiotherapy.
Our community neurological rehabilitation nurse specialist works with patients across Somerset. You can contact her on the number below.
Motor Neurone Disease Support Group
Regular Support Group meetings where people with MND and their carers, family and friends have the opportunity to meet with other people living with the disease and to share the experience in a positive and friendly atmosphere. The meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 2.30 – 4.00pm at the Palmers garden centre cafe Yeovil. For more information please contact John Hayward.
Parkinson’s UK Local Area Support Groups
We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. We also organise regular events and social activities so join us and meet other people affected by Parkinson’s in your area.
Bath – 3rd Saturday of the month at The Weston Free Church Hall (Moravian),BA14DB 10.30am until 12pm
Frome – 2nd Friday of the month at the Frome Town Hall, Christchurch Street West, BA11 1EB 10am until 12pm
Shepton Mallet – 1st Wednesday of the month at the Community Room, 41 Hanover Close, Shaftgate Avenue, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5YQ 10am until 12pm
Midsomer Norton – 1st Tuesday of the month at Centurion Hotel, Charlton Ln, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, BA3 4BD 10am until 12pm
Gurney Slade – 3rd Wednesday of the month at George Inn, Gurney Slade, BA3 4TQ 10am until 12pm
Parkinsons UK- South West Team
Having Parkinson’s can feel overwhelming if you don’t have the right information and support. Whether you have the condition or you’re a carer, friend or family member of someone with Parkinson’s – Parkinson’s UK is here to help.
You can contact Parkinson’s UK South West Team using the email below for advice and information.
- Somerset Lifeline – Our Lifeline service is for vulnerable people, victims of abuse, hospital discharge and anyone, at any age, that is living alone. Our service enables people to live independently in their own home and gives peace of mind to family and friends. Available in Mendip, North Somerset, Sedgemoor, West Somerset (Somerset).
- Life Connect 24 – personal alarms and pendants for the elderly or disabled, people living alone and at risk of falling or in need of reassurance, people suffering from long term illness such as dementia, epilepsy or heart disease.
- Age Co Personal Alarm – Personal alarm will give you the security and confidence to continue living independently in the home you love. Part of Age UK
- Connected Living (Aster) – Provide the latest digital monitored home alarms, solutions and GPS locator devices to support you to live your life, your way knowing that help is at the touch of a button 24/7. Connected Living offer FREE, no obligation demonstrations across the whole of Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and our trusted Technicians will visit you in the comfort of your own home.
Stroke Association ‘Here For You’ Telephone support service
If you or someone you know has had a stroke, a weekly phone conversation with one of our trained volunteers can help you to rebuild your life after stroke. Talking things through on the phone can build confidence. It can help you feel more connected, supported and able to take the next step in your recovery.
For eight weeks, a volunteer will chat with you for around 30 minutes. If you speak limited English we’ve volunteers who can support you in different languages, just let us know. There is ashort online form to complete, use the link below.
Stroke Support Group – Frome
Frome Stroke support Group provides a weekly social/support group with speakers, crafts and outings. Every Wednesday during term time 1.30pm -3.30pm at Trinity Hall, Trinity Square, Frome BA11 3DE £2
Wessex MS Therapy Centre
We provide a centre of excellence for the provision of therapies, information and practical and emotional support for people with multiple sclerosis, their carers and families. We offer physical therapies in a comfortable and friendly environment to aid symptom management, promoting and enabling independence to improve wellbeing and quality of life. Wessex MS Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, The Avenue, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 9AB Mon 8.30am to 4.30pm, Tue 8.30am-5pm, Wed 8.30am- 6.30pm, Thur 8.30am-5pm, Fri 9am-12.30pm.