Help & Support In Frome This Winter

We know that so many people in our community are already joining together to provide support to one another.

Some things that might help this winter:

  • Stay connected
  • Keep moving
  • Eat well
  • Do something enjoyable every day
  • Help each other
  • Reach out when things are tough

We hope the information below is helpful to you and those around you.

Due to the pandemic some of these groups and services may have adjusted what they are able to offer.

Where you see green, bold text you can click and you will be directed to the website relating to the advice on offer. 

 

Health Connections Mendip

Health Connectors are part of your GP practice team. We can offer you one-to-one support to improve your health and wellbeing by working with you to set goals and make a plan that is based on what matters to you. We run Talking Cafes, healthy lifestyles sessions and training such as becoming a Community Connector. There is also a list of support and resources on our website.

Visit our website or contact us on 01373 468368 or mendip.healthconnections@nhs.net to discuss what kind of support/information you might want and what matters to you.

 

Local Councils

For information on who is responsible for what during spells of cold weather, along with other useful tips for staying safe in cold weather please click here. 

 

Mental Health Support

Mindline Somerset
A confidential listening service for people in Somerset experiencing mental distress or wanting emotional support available on 0800 138 1692 or 01823 276892.

 

Support To Be Active

Mendip Health Walks
Group walks for all abilities. For information and booking contact Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership. Contact via website or on 01823 653990.

parkrun
Free, weekly 5km run in Frome (The Old Showfield) at 9.00am every Saturday. Everyone is welcome and you can walk, jog or run. 

 

Healthy Lifestyles Support

Healthy Lifestyles Programme
An online programme, looking at topics like healthy eating, relaxation, sleep, movement and wellbeing. Every Tuesday 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Join via our website or call 01373 468368.

Click here to see our healthy lifestyles pages. 

NHS Better Health
Information, guides and apps to support you with losing weight, getting active, stopping smoking, drinking less and taking care of your mind. You will also find the free NHS Weight Loss Plan and discounts on well-known national healthy eating plans and groups.

NHS Better Health Weight Loss Plan & Discounts
Free 12 week NHS Weight Loss Plan and discounts on well-known national healthy eating plans and groups.

 

Befriending

Silver Line Telephone Friends
Weekly friendship telephone call from a volunteer. For people aged 55 and over. 0800 470 80 90

Active & In Touch
One to one and group befriending service. 07539 795261

 

COVID Information

Your Covid Recovery
Helps you to understand how the Covid 19 virus has affected your mind and body, what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Somerset Coronavirus Helpline
Get help and support on prevention and spread of Coronavirus. 0300 790 6275

NHS Coronavirus Advice
NHS information about Covid-19 including symptoms, testing, vaccination and self-isolation.

Government Coronavirus Advice
Find the latest Government advice and regulations regarding prevention and management of Coronavirus.

COVID Vaccination Booking Information
All the information you need about COVID vaccinations and how to book them.

 

Diabetes Prevention

Healthier You - NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
If you are at high risk of type 2 diabetes, you may be eligible for the free NHS Healthier You service, which will help you with healthy eating, weight loss and physical activity. Their online risk tool can help you find out if you’re at risk of developing the condition and whether you are eligible for the programme.

 

Connecting With Your Community

Talking Cafes
A place to meet new people and chat to a Health Connector about activities, support groups and services in your community 01373 468368

Online Talking Café
For those who prefer to meet online there are Online Talking Cafes where you can meet people and find out about support in your community. Every Wednesday 1pm-2pm. 01373 468368

Talking Benches
Talking Benches run at the same time and place each week across Mendip. Meet a Health Connector, chat and find out about local support. In Frome, Wednesdays 10:30-11am outside Frome Library. 01373 468368

 

Volunteering

SPARK A Change
Find out how you can become a volunteer. 01460 202 970

NHS Volunteer Responders With The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)
You can volunteer to support or get support from a volunteer. 0808 196 3646

 

Transport

Patient Transport Advice Centre
For all Somerset GP patients who need transport to their NHS appointments. 01278 727444

Mendip Community Transport
Bus service for people who do not have access to any other transport: 01749 880482

Community Car Schemes
To find your nearest Community Car Scheme visit this website. Contact Frome Community Cars on 07596 591391

 

Employment

Step Up Somerset
Website to help people with redundancy, employment, skills and training.

The Skills Toolkit
Government website that offers free courses to help you learn new skills.

 

Training

Somerset Skills & Learning
Wide range of face to face and online courses. Many are free. 0330 332 7997

Positive People
Supports people who are not in work to help build confidence, skills and give a sense of hope for the future. 0800 334 5525

Training To Help Connect Your Community
"Let’s Connect" training is all about how communities can support each other by passing on information to friends, family and neighbours. Training can be online or face to face. 01373 468368

 

Smoking

Smoke Free Somerset

Stopping smoking is one of the best things you will ever do for your health. When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you will be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too – and they start almost immediately. It's never too late to quit.

Your local free service is for anyone who would like help to stop smoking.  Remember you’re up to four times more likely to stop with help compared to willpower alone. Whether it’s your first or 15th attempt, Smoke Free Somerset can help.

Free support to stop smoking. 01823 356222

 

Other Support

SWEDA – Eating Disorders
Support for people living with eating disorders. 01749 34 33 44

We Hear You (WHY)
Free counselling for those bereaved or affected by cancer or another life-threatening condition. 01373 455 2554

Dorothy House Hospice Care
Support for people with a life-limiting illness and their carers/loved ones. 01225 722 988

Somerset Bereavement Service
Support if you have been bereaved and need emotional support or someone to talk to about death, dying and bereavement. 0800 304 7412

Somerset Suicide Bereavement Service
Support for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide. 0300 330 5463

Samaritans
Whatever problems you are facing, Samaritans are there to listen 24/7. text: 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org

Citizens Advice
Confidential information and advice on money, legal and other problems. 03444 889 6233

Somerset Carers
Support for people caring for family, friends and loved ones. 0800 31 68 600

Somerset Direct
Support for the welfare of children and adults including those with disabilities, sensory loss, general frailty and mental health problems. 03001 232 224

Somerset Domestic Abuse Support Helpline
Support for people who want to discuss or report domestic abuse. 0800 69 49 999. If you, or someone you know, is in danger call the Police on 999.

SARSAS (Somerset & Avon Rape & Sexual Abuse Support)
Support for anyone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse. 0808 801 0456 or 0808 801 0464

Farming Community Network
Support for the farming community. 03000 111 999

Food Bank - Fair Frome
Provision of emergency food parcels. These parcels provide a recipient with enough food for up to three+ days alongside extras. 01373 488578 or 07714 587129

Free Meals
For information on your nearest free meal scheme contact Health Connections Mendip. 01373 468368

Digital Health Connector Support
For help to get connected on-line and developing digital skills. 01373 468368

Home Energy Advice 
Free, impartial, local energy saving advice. Support to anyone struggling with keeping warm and well at home. 0800 082 2234

 

Health Connections Online Information Centre & Directory

The list above are just some of the services provided by groups and organisations in our community. To find out more or to find other services, please see the website links below. If you would rather speak to us on the phone, call Health Connections Mendip on 01373 468368.

Health Connections Online Information Centre
Support to help you with sleep, exercise, relaxation techniques, goal setting tools, support for carers, information on planning for the future - and much more.

Health Connections Online Directory
An online list of support groups, organisations, charities and services in Frome that can support your health and wellbeing.

A Green & Healthy Frome
Working together to ensure there are many ways to live greener and healthier lives in our town. Anyone and everyone can get involved. 

Benefits Calculator
To find out what benefits you may be entitled to claim, you could use this free Benefits Calculator and if you need extra support you could contact your Citizens Advice service.

Frome Kindness Festival 1st – 6th March 2022
Six days of free events for all ages to help us celebrate, practice and explore how kindness can raise our spirits, improve relationships and boost wellbeing. There will be a mixture of online, outdoor and COVID-safe activities.

 

This information was correct as of January 2022. Please check with organisations for any changes.