Directory: Young People
1625 Book Club – Frome
Relaxed, friendly book club for young adults in Frome. All are welcome, share an enjoyment of books with others of your age. Meet the third Thursday of the month at 7pm at Bridge Café, 43 Selwood Road, Frome. For £3.50 you get a brand new proof book, a cookie and a can of drink.
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 can offer support.
BANDs – Frome
BANDs (Bath Autism and NeuroDiversity spectrums) CIC offer social opportunities and peer support to over 16s in Frome and the surrounding areas who have autism, Asperger syndrome and/or similar neurodiversities.
They currently organise a cinema, cafe and pub group which run consecutively monthly on a Thursday (attendees pay for their own cinema tickets and drinks).
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.
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.
Edventure Frome – working with young people – MAKE: Shed
Edventure offer the MAKE shed and courses to young adults aged 18-35 whether you are out of work, looking for a new direction or just want to gain confidence.
The phone line is answered between 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday.
For more information give them a call or visit their website. The MAKE course is free.
Focus Frome Counselling Agency
Affordable, professional, person centred counselling agency in Frome for adults, young people and children. Focus Frome is an arm of Focus Bath.
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.
Frome Youth Patient Participation Group
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.
Kooth Online Counselling for 11-18 year olds
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.
Lad’s Shed – Shepton Mallet and across Mendip
Young Somerset’s The Lad’s Shed will give young men who are not engaging well in school or at risk of being excluded or are vulnerable, the opportunity to engage and get involved in a subject they are interested in. See website below for more information about the project and a referral form for professionals.
MAKE:SHED provides a regular open workshop space for people aged 18-35 to work on practical and creative projects, individually or with others. We meet on Thursdays, 6-9 pm in the Remakery at the Welsh Mill Hub. You’ll get to use tools and equipment, learn, share and develop skills, meet new people and have support to sell what you make. It’s free. Everyone can get involved in fundraising, but it’s not required. Follow us: www.facebook.com/MAKESHEDfrome
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.
Mind in Somerset – Young People
Mind Somerset offers a range of services for under 25 year olds. You can find out more about these services by clicking the website link below. Young people can be referred by someone else or self refer by calling the office or emailing.
Online Youth Mental Health Hub from NHS Choices
An online information hub offering young people advice and help on mental health problems including depression, anxiety and stress.
Open Story Tellers, Wellbeing Group – Frome
Brand new to OpenStoryTellers, we are excited to offer a Wellbeing Group for people with learning disabilities and autism aged 18+
It’s taking place on Tuesday mornings from 10am – 12 noon.
The group will be exploring healthy eating, gentle exercise, yoga, aromatherapy, creative writing and more!
Spaces are limited, so please telephone first if you’d like to book a place for someone. Cost per session is £2.
P2i Pathway to Independence
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.
HOPELineUK is a 24 hour confidential support and advice service for young people under the age of 35 who may be having thoughts of suicide or anyone concerned a young person may be having thoughts of suicide.
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.
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.
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).
Routes – For young adults in Frome
A weekly support session for young adults in Frome.
Every Thursday 2pm-5pm at the Welsh Mill Hub, Park Hill Drive, Frome, BA11 2LE
Routes sessions are open to everyone aged 18-35 for support with a whole range of issues from housing, to relationships, jobs to emotional health. Pop in for a cuppa and a chat – we can work together to find solutions to any issues you’re experiencing. Wifi and phone available.
Somerset – Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service (SWISH)
SWISH offer free confidential testing and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and offer a full range of contraception. Open to all ages including under 16s. You can visit any SWISH Service, locally or further afield, however not all clinics run a full service, so please ring to find out what is available.
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.
Somerset Skills and Learning – Mendip
We offer a wide range of courses (some free) and a supportive learning environment, with friendly tutors to help you achieve your goals. We provide nationally recognised qualifications, traineeships, apprenticeships, training and career development courses, maths and English, digital skills and a range of distance learning courses.
Somerset Young Carers
Somerset Council Council provides support, advice and respite breaks for children and young people under 18 who have substantial caring responsibilities at home.
Please visit the website for more information, support, guidance and advice or for groups being run across Somerset.
The Pod – Frome
The Pod is a local charity supporting individuals with additional needs. The charity creates opportunities and provides safe, supportive, sociable, and enterprising spaces that improve the quality of life for young carers as well as children and adults with disabilities and their families.
They run a weekly youth club, a weekly social group and other various fun community groups. For more information on the various groups they run please visit their website. If you would like to find out more about the various volunteering opportunities with Pod please contact them for more information.
The Zone-Young Carers, Chill out and have fun!
Are you a young carer? If you’re aged between 8 and 16 then please come along to the Zone and meet new friends who are in the same boat!
Wednesdays 6pm-8p.m. Fortnightly at Rise, Whittox Lane, Frome, BA11 3BY .
Please contact us to discuss a place as places are limited.
YMCA Mendip area – Youth Club’s
The YMCA welcome young people aged 10 to 19 years to catch up, have fun and support each other. Young people can drop in as and when. They will need to complete a registration form on the first time attending which they can do themselves. However, a parental/guardian consent form will need to be completed after the first session. For more information please visit the web link below.
Youth Clubs running in Frome, Coleford, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet and Street
YOU-TH SPACE counselling for 15-18 year olds – Frome
You-th Space is an affordable and friendly counselling service in Frome and the Mendips for 15 to 18 year olds who are facing common issues such as anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness or isolation, or just feeling different to others.
As a charity, the service relies on the generosity of people’s donations. Those who can afford to are asked to contribute to the costs of the counselling. However, the service is offered free of charge to those who need it.
Young people in need of support can self-refer to You-th Space, or can ask their parents or school to contact the service via the website.
Young Somerset is the largest youth work charity in Somerset. They employ Wellbeing Practitioners that offer low-level mental health support, through cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT), to young people in Somerset.
YWAF – Youth With A Future
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.