Local & National Organisations

Category: General Carer Information, Health & Lifestyle, Medical/Injury Support, Older person support

“Stay Strong, Stay Steady” Classes in Somerset – Age UK Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

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For more information, please contact Dianne Ramsay at Age UK Somerset

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information, Older person support

Age UK – Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Open: Monday – Friday: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm

Category: Addiction Support, Family Support

AI-Anon – Drugs and Alcohol – Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.

Category: Addiction Support, Carer Advice Lines

Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone elses drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or have died.

Category: Dementia Support

Alzheimer’s Society

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.

Category: Eating Disorder Support

Anorexia & Bulimia Care

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

An organisation for eating disorders sufferers.

Phone nowCALL OUR HELPLINE: 03000 11 12 13

OPTION 1: SUPPORT LINE       OPTION 2: FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Category: Aspergers & Autism Support, Carer Advice Lines, Family Support

Autism Helpline (National Autistic Society)

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Information, advice & support for people with ASD’s, families/carers & professionals.

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 9am – 3pm

Category: Mental Health Support

Belmont Information Point

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Mental Health Information: Browse or borrow books, videos, CD’s. Belmont Information Point is a friendly drop-in designed to increase knowledge and signpost those affected to local sources of help. See website for full list of titles.

Category: Mental Health Support

Borderline UK Ltd

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Borderline UK is a national user-led network of people within the United Kingdom who meet the criteria, or who have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Financial Advice, General Carer Information

Carers UK

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Carers UK Advice line

You can talk to us two days a week, no matter where you are in the UK or how complex your query is. We do benefits checks and advise on financial and practical matters related to caring. For a limited time, while we undergo staff changes, Carers UK’s advice line will be open between 10am – 4pm on Monday & Tuesday. Alternatively, you can email or write to the Advice line and we will respond to your enquiries within ten working days.

Please Note:  The Advice line is closed the week beginning the 19th of March 2018

We provide information and advice on:

  • benefits and tax credits
  • carers employment rights
  • carers’ assessments
  • the services available for carers
  • how to complain effectively and challenge decisions.

Our listening service is there for you to talk through your caring situation with a trained volunteer who understands what you are going through.*

Open Monday & Tuesday 10am to 4pm.
*Note: listening service available Mondays and Tuesdays, from 9am to 7pm.

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Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) Mendip

  • District Mendip
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provide community transport services for disabled, older and socially isolated people

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) Sedgemoor

  • District Sedgemoor
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provide community transport services for disabled, older and socially isolated people.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) South Somerset

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provide community transport services for disabled, older and socially isolated people.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) Taunton

  • District Taunton Deane
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provide community transport services for disabled, older and socially isolated people.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) West Somerset

  • District West Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provide community transport services for disabled, older and socially isolated people.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Counselling Directory

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Connecting you with professional support.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Family Support, General Carer Information, Older person support, Young Person Support

Cruse

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Bereavement counselling line.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Dementia Support, General Carer Information

Dementia Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A dedicated local website has now been launched in Somerset which includes information about services available across the county through Alzheimer’s Society, including Memory Cafe’s, Singing for the Brain groups, support for younger people and the Dementia Adviser Service. The website has been funded by NHS Somerset and Somerset County Council and is run by Alzheimer’s Society. There are also links on the site for other organisations in the county that can support people affected by dementia. We also advertise events that are happening locally which are of interest. Also if you have or know of any events upcoming that link with dementia or memory loss, please pass details on to Sharon Morse.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information, Mental Health Support

Depression Alliance

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
Category: General Carer Information

Direct.gov: Caring For Someone

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Information for carers plus contact details for Government and Charity organisations

Category: Addiction Support, Carer Advice Lines

Drinkline

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
Category: Addiction Support, Carer Advice Lines

Drug Interventions Programme (DIP)

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

A new service for drug users who have been involved with the Criminal Justice System. 24/7 free helpline.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Eating Disorder Support

Eating Disorders Association [EDA]

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A national charity offering help and information to people with Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa, their families and friends. Telephone Helpline open weekdays: 9am – 6.30pm.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

Equilibrium (The Bipolar Organisation)

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Equilibrium aims to become the foremost international partnership organisation working to advance the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder; it also seeks to address the stigma and prejudice that often surrounds bipolar disorder.
Monday – Friday: 9.15am – 5.15pm

Category: Addiction Support, Domestic Abuse Support, Family Support

Families Anonymous

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
Category: Dementia Support, Mental Health Support

Heads Up

  • District Mendip
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Heads Up is a local Charity working with individuals across the Mendip area of Somerset who are affected by mental health issues and other difficulties.
We support clients towards recovery, increased independence and greater wellbeing and quality of life. 

Category: Medical/Injury Support

Headway Hospital Liaison Service

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Headway

Headway Somerset’s Hospital Liaison Service is entering its fourth year with Wendy Copeman and her new colleague, Freya Suffield.

Both hospital liaisons will continue to support individuals with an acquired brain injury and their relatives. Hospital ward visits are made to Musgrove Park, SNRC and Yeovil, in order to offer support and signposting information to individuals who have sustained a brain injury, and to smooth their transition from hospital to home. Community and home visits can also be made to follow up on support given during the hospital stay.

As well as this, family and carer groups are run monthly from venues in Taunton and Yeovil to give information, support and advice to those who may need it. This is also a great opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences. Please contact us for dates and times of the groups.

To refer to Wendy or Freya, or to find out more, please contact:
Wendy Copeman: wendy.copeman@headwaysomerset.org.uk 07514753384
Freya Suffield: freya.suffield@headwaysomerset.org.uk 07496006645

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Medical/Injury Support

Headway Somerset – The Brain Injury Association

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Headway Somerset is a branch of Headway UK and was first established in 1991 to provide support, advice and comfort to people with acquired brain injuries, their families and carers. Their main aim is to improve their quality of life and to reawaken the belief in people with brain injury that they are able to live an enjoyable and useful existence. Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Category: Mental Health Support

Hearing Voices Network

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

If you hear voices HVN can help. We are committed to helping people who hear voices. Our reputation is growing as the limitations of a solely medical approach to voices become better known. Psychiatry traditionally refers to hearing voices as auditory hallucinations but research shows that there are many explanations for hearing voices. Many people begin to hear voices as a result of extreme stress or trauma.

Category: Health & Lifestyle, Paid Support

Hypnotherapy Directory

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Anxiety

Most of us can relate to feeling stressed, worried or nervous about something. Usually, these feelings are fleeting and they disappear as quickly as they appear. For those with anxiety, however, these feelings last longer and can be much more intense.

Find a hypnotherapist using our search tool and overcome your anxiety.

If you have an anxiety disorder, you may find that you avoid certain situations because you’re worried it will trigger these feelings for you. This can make everyday tasks difficult and hold you back from doing the things you want.

There are several different techniques and tools that can help with anxiety, one of which is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy for anxiety aims to seek the root cause of the problem and change your relationship with anxiety. Here we’ll explore anxiety in more detail and how hypnotherapy can support you.

Category: Addiction Support, Carer Advice Lines

In Touch Project

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

The In Touch Project aims to provide a confidential, informative and supportive service to family members and friends in Somerset who are affected by someone elses drug or alcohol use.

We know how frustrating it is to hear an answer phone, but occasionally we may need to do this. Sometimes we need to attend meetings or training that is important for the project. If you feel comfortable leaving your FIRST name and number and would like us to contact you then please leave a message.

If you need help and information at other times please refer to our links page, where we list some 24 hr. helplines which may be useful.

Category: General Carer Information, Medical/Injury Support

Independent Living

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Independent Living is the place for impartial information about products, services and more, to help with mobility and independence. For over 17 years, we have been helping family and professional carers, as well as disabled individuals, to find solutions to the challenges of daily living.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Domestic Abuse

Integrated Domestic Abuse Service

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Offers an outreach and advocacy service to anyone affected by domestic abuse.
Opening Hours – 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday/Sunday.

Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (SIDAS)
The support line 0800 694 9999 is a single point of contact for confidential advice and support to any person concerned about domestic abuse in the Avon and Somerset area.

To speak to a SIDAS worker, phone the local support helpline (0800 694 9999) and select the option for Somerset. If no one can answer your call, leave a number and a safe time to call and they will get back to you.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Family Support, General Carer Information

Marie Curie Helper

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Support when you need it if you or someone you care about is living with a terminal illness

We can help if you’re aged 18 or over with a terminal illness, or if you’re looking after someone who is terminally ill.
Our service is free of charge and is available in Somerset and Devon.
We’ll find out more about you and your situation before matching you with a Helper volunteer who’s right for you.

Marie Curie Helper Somerset & Devon

All our carefully selected volunteers  have completed specialised training for their role.

Category: Medical/Injury Support, Mental Health Support

MENCAP

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
Category: Paid Support

Micro Providers

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

The Somerset Community micro-enterprise Project has been helping local people to set up small (micro) businesses that can provide local services for people who need some help and support.
These Micro-providers are paid professionals that can offer you support in the areas you need help at home.

CLICK HERE FOR THE MICRO PROVIDERS DIRECTORY

www.communitycatalysts.co.uk

Category: General Carer Information, Mental Health Support

MIND [National Association for Mental Health]

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A national organisation that aims to work for a better life for people diagnosed, labelled or treated as mentally ill. It does this through campaigning, community development, training, publishing and a comprehensive information service. Monday – Friday: 9.15am – 5.15pm

Category: Mental Health Support

MIND Bridgwater

  • District Sedgemoor
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Provides a telephone information service, plus day projects and groups, for people experiencing anxiety and depression.

Category: Mental Health Support

MIND Minehead

  • District West Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Provides a telephone information service, plus day projects and groups, for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 1.00pm

Category: Mental Health Support

MIND Taunton

  • District Taunton Deane
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Provides a telephone information service, plus day projects and groups, for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Mindline on 01823 276892 (open 8pm – 11pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday).

Category: Mental Health Support

MIND Yeovil

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Provides a telephone information service, plus day projects and groups, for people experiencing anxiety and depression. Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information, Mental Health Support

Mindline

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A Somerset-wide out of hours telephone support line for anyone suffering emotional distress, carers, family members and friends. Callers do not need to be in crisis but may need information, emotional support or understanding. Helpline: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, 8pm – midnight.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

Mindline: North Somerset

  • District North Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A Somerset-wide out of hours telephone support line for anyone suffering emotional distress, carers, family members and friends. Callers do not need to be in crisis but may need information, emotional support or understanding. Helpline: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8pm – midnight

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

Mindline: Taunton District

  • District Taunton Deane
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A Somerset-wide out of hours telephone support line for anyone suffering emotional distress, carers, family members and friends. Callers do not need to be in crisis but may need information, emotional support or understanding. Helpline: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 8pm – midnight.

Category: Aspergers & Autism Support

National Autistic Society: NAS Publications

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Publications on autism & Asperger syndrome are available via website. You can request a free catalogue with over 120 books, videos & CD ROMs.

Category: Carer Advice Lines

National Carers Helpline

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Carersline – advice line for carers at the cost of a local call

Category: Mental Health Support

National Personality Disorders

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Personality disorders are increasingly recognised as major mental health issues.
Use this site to find out more about the different personality disorders, including borderline, antisocial and dangerous and severe, and what the diagnosis means. Also keep up with the latest news about what is happening in the world of personality disorder and how you can get involved.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

National Phobics Society

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

National membership organisation providing help and advice for sufferers, their carers and their families.

Category: Medical/Injury Support, Mental Health Support

National Self-Harm Network

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

The aims of this forum are to:
– Support individuals who self harm to reduce emotional distress and improve their quality of life

– Support and provide information for family and carers of individuals who self harm

– Raise awareness of the needs of people who self harm, dispel myths and combat discrimination

– Empower and enable those that self harm to seek alternatives to self harm and further help where appropriate

Category: General Carer Information

NHS Carers Direct

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Information, advice and support direct for Carers.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

Night Time Anxiety Crisis Line

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

10.00am – 10.00pm every day

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support, Young Person Support

No Panic

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Helpline for those with anxiety problems and suffering from panic attacks.
Every day – 10.00am – 10.00pm – staffed by trained volunteers

Category: Addiction Support

On the Level

  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Offers a free, confidential service?? throughout Somerset; for anyone under 18 or parents/guardians seeking advice and information on drugs and /or alcohol.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Family Support, Medical/Injury Support

Parent to Parent Line

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

A free, confidential telephone support service for parents of an adult or child with an ASD. Open 24 hours – Call any time & leave a message & contact number.

Category: Addiction Support, Family Support

Parents Against Drugs Abuse

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

PADA give support to any family member, partner or friend of substance misuser. Offer respite to grandparents who are primary carers of their grandchildren due to their son or daughters misuse of drugs. Offer early intervention/prevention programme in schools – for parents – which helps parents become the educator of their children with regards to drugs – early warning signs to watch for and what to do. You can speak one to one with people who know what you are going through.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Family Support, General Carer Information

Prisoners Family & Friends Service

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Domestic Abuse

Refuge

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Domestic Violence Helpline

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Mental Health Support

Rethink Mental Illness

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Our goal is a better life for everyone affected by mental illness. See how we make a difference

General Enquiries can help you set up or amend your membership details, make over the phone donations and provide general information about the charity and our services and groups.

Category: Mental Health Support

Rethink: Severe Mental Illness

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Offers advice, support and information for people suffering from enduring mental illness, including schizophrenia, their families / carers. Wide ranges of leaflets are available. Advice Line [Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm ].

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Family Support

Samaritans

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
  • 16 Wood Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1UN
    T: 01823 288 998 (local call charges apply)

    Disabled access friendly. Anybody and everybody who are in emotional distress are welcome to contact us by any means.

  • 25 The Park, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1DG
    T: 01935 476 455 (local call charges apply)

    Our centre is fully accessible to those visitors with reduced mobility, and there is a small car park on site with a designated space for disabled drivers.

  • 137A High Street, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1HN
    T: 01934 632 555 (local call charges apply)

    No facilities at present but arrangements can always be made by contacting us.

Category: General Carer Information

Somerset Carers Network

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Somersets Newsletter for mental health carers. Available from Carers Information.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

Somerset Emergency Social Work Duty Team

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Evenings, weekends & bank holidays

Category: LGBT Support

Somerset Gay Health

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

Category: Domestic Abuse

Somerset Survivors

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Offers an outreach and advocacy service to anyone affected by domestic abuse.

Category: Dementia Support, Mental Health Support

SOMPAR Mental Health Team

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
SOMPAR is a network for relatives and friends who care for people in Somerset with mental health issues.

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is committed to working with carers.  All our mental and physical healthcare services will work in partnership with you wherever possible.

For people who are caring for someone who is a patient of the mental health services of Somerset Partnership, we carry out an assessment of your needs and seek ways to help.

For example, we may be able to provide a short break from your caring role, or take steps to ensure your own health care needs are addressed or that an assessment of your needs is carried out.

Category: Carer Advice Lines, General Carer Information

St Margaret’s Hospice

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

24/7 Advice Line

Various support for family, friends and carers of people affected by a life-limiting illness including; Support Groups, Carer Respite, Cooking Classes and Training Courses

Category: Health & Lifestyle, Older person support

Stay Strong, Stay Steady Sessions

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Stay Strong, Stay Steady sessions are special classes which help to reduce falls and improve balance, strength and confidence.

These sessions can help you to:

  • Rebuild your muscle strength
  • Improve your balance
  • Reduce your risk of falls
  • Stay confident
  • Maintain your independence
  • Have fun and enjoy life!

The sessions are led by qualified instructors, take place at venues across the whole of Somerset and are a joint venture with Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council.

These classes are open to everyone wherever you live. You will need to complete a short health questionnaire before starting your class.

How to join a Stay Strong, Stay Steady session

Before you can join a session we ask you to complete a short health questionnaire/referral form. If you would prefer us to send you a paper copy please call the Ageing Well team on 01823 345626 or email ageingwell@ageuksomerset.org.uk

Locations of our Stay Strong, Stay Steady sessions

Bridgwater– St Georges Parish Centre, Wembdon
Burnham on Sea– Community Centre, Chichester Close
Chard –The Guildhall
Frome– Christ Church Parish Hall
Martock– Bearley House
Minehead– Hospital
South Petherton– Pitway Community Room, Yarlington
Taunton – 2 locations
Wellington– Lodge Close, Wellington, TD Housing
Wells– The Town Hall
Williton– Danesborough View, Magna Housing
Wincanton– The Memorial Hall
Yeovil– 2 venues.

Category: General Carer Information, Mental Health Support

Sunlight Mental Health Library

  • District Mendip
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Their service is free to use and staffed by volunteers who are carers and service users. You can pick up leaflets or borrow books on Mental Health for free.
On the website you can see what leaflets and information available, access Mental Health websites, see what books you can borrow and see what self help handouts there are to take away.

Open: Every Tuesday between 10am to 12pm

Category: Carer Advice Lines, Counselling

Talking Therapies

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open
Category: Medical/Injury Support, Mental Health Support

The ADDISS Resource Centre

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Information on adult ADHD is available from the address detailed here. They also publish ADHD News & have a comprehensive book/video store.

Category: Family Support, Mental Health Support

The Association for Post-Natal Illness

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
  • Website Click To Open

Offers information and advice on overcoming post-natal depression. Also offers support for husbands and partners of depressed mothers.

Category: Family Support, General Carer Information

The Reader: Shared Reading Groups

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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Somerset Shared Reading Groups

Since 2008, The Reader has pioneered the use of Shared Reading to improve well-being, reduce social isolation and build resilience in diverse communities across the UK and beyond.

We inspire and support people to read great literature aloud together. This simple idea changes lives and builds communities.

Groups we work with include looked after children, people in recovery from substance mis-use, prisoners, individuals living with dementia, parents, teachers, people with mental and physical health conditions and many more.

Our ambition is that Shared Reading will become so widespread that everyone, whoever they are, wherever they are, can access one of our groups. We are building a movement of Readers, so that Shared Reading will become part of everyday life.

Category: General Carer Information

Timewise Jobs

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  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

Caring for someone with an illness or disability?

Are you a carer for someone who is disabled, elderly or ill, who needs your support? This area of Timewise Jobs is for you. Get ideas and guidance on how to find work to fit with your caring responsibilities, as well as access to flexible jobs and employers.

https://www.timewisejobs.co.uk/caring/

Category: Addiction Support, Mental Health Support

Turning Point

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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A registered charity, provides advice, information & support for all drug & alcohol problems.
This includes carer support. The service is confidential and free, and provides services for people with complex needs including those affected by drug & alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

Category: Addiction Support, Mental Health Support

Turning Point – Mendip

  • District Mendip
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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A registered charity, provides advice, information & support for all drug & alcohol problems.
This includes carer support. The service is confidential and free, and provides services for people with complex needs including those affected by drug & alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

Category: Addiction Support

Turning Point – Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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The Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service operates as a partnership created by three providers: Turning Point, CRI and DHI.

At Turning Point, our goal is for you to complete recovery by giving you the support, advice and skills you need to start a new life. Our recovery services offers clinical care, individual care plans, personal and group therapy alongside residential rehab services. We also help with a wide range of issues such as employment, education and training. We offer advice on family issues, helping you to learn a new skill set and general health issues in preparation for a life free of addiction.

We offer three types of services:

Our partners in the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service include CRI who focus on Engagement and DHI who looks at Housing.

Category: Addiction Support, Mental Health Support

Turning Point – South Somerset

  • District South Somerset
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181

A registered charity, provides advice, information & support for all drug & alcohol problems.
This includes carer support. The service is confidential and free, and provides services for people with complex needs including those affected by drug & alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

Category: Addiction Support, General Carer Information, Mental Health Support

Turning Point – Taunton

  • District Taunton Deane
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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A registered charity, provides advice, information & support for all drug & alcohol problems.
This includes carer support. The service is confidential and free, and provides services for people with complex needs including those affected by drug & alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

Category: Mental Health Support, Young Person Support

Young Minds

  • District National
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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Parents Information Service. Best time to telephone: 10 am – 4 pm.

Category: Health & Lifestyle

ZiNG Somerset

  • District Somerset Wide
  • Telephone 0808 808 1111, or minicom 0808 808 8181
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Somerset Activities and Courses

Weight Management

Healthy Eating

Physical Activity