Come and enjoy a gentle thorough workout in a friendly and supportive environment.
Suitable and beneficial for all.
Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne
£30 for 6 sessions Wednesday 10-11:15 am
Bring an exercise mat & scarf.
A 12-week course covering the 5 ways to wellbeing in a friendly and inclusive group at the Henhayes Centre. Sessions will include a variety of activities to cover the 5 steps to wellbeing. This empowering course is a mix of practical, creative, and workroom-based activities and will help participants:
A 12-week course covering the 5 ways to wellbeing in a friendly and inclusive group at the Balsam Centre. Sessions will include a variety of activities to cover the 5 steps to wellbeing. This empowering course is a mix of practical, creative, and workroom-based activities and will help participants:
You will have seen it in the media, This Girl Can, an awesome initiative that channels the inner strength of women! Knocking down those barriers together, by dancing, boxing, yoga and many other disciplines in one class. Ideal for beginners and a great way to have a giggle! What more could you want!
Starting Thursday 15th September (and every Thursday after that for 6 weeks) at 09:30. The address : Kelly Leigh Dance studio, Chard,TA20 1PT
To sign up, head here https://inittogethersomerset.co.uk/activity/tgc-classes-chard/
And if you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a previous successful Tennis course, In It Together are proud to bring beginners Tennis back on the project. This is a perfect opportunity to give the sport a try, develop skills and build fitness levels. A well-structured course with supportive and encouraging coaching
Starting Tuesday 13th September at Somerton Tennis Club at 10am (every Tuesday from then on for 6 weeks) Somerton Tennis Club
Gassons Lane, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6HS
To sign up, head here https://inittogethersomerset.co.uk/activity/tennis-somerton/
And if you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Norman at email@example.com
We are a friendly, well-established and non auditioned choir that regularly welcomes new members, often with little or no previous singing experience. We find that that the best way to learn is in the company of other, like minded, individuals – and be assured that our charismatic conductor, Katrine Reimers, will bring fun to the occasion as well as satisfaction.
Checkout our Facebook page to see what’s been going on!
The first three rehearsals are free to give you time to get used to us and make some friends.
We meet weekly on Monday evenings, 7.15-9.00pm, from September through to May at The PEC, King Arthur’s School, Wincanton, BA9 9BX.
Chaffcombe Village Hall every Tuesday at 2pm
The Baptist Church Rooms alternative Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm – 4.00 pm.
Meet at Eleos Cafe every other Friday, call for details.
Coffee morning at Chard Methodist Church, Thursday mornings 10am – 12pm.
Crowshute Centre, Wednesdays from 12 til 1pm. £7.50 for main course. Contact Tony Prior.
|Wednesday 2pm – 5pm, Thursday 1pm – 5pm. 1st month free trial (keen for new members), £12 annual fee + £3 per week to cover both days. Call or email.|
Limited numbers. Mixed ability (short and long routes). Monday evenings. Contact Hilary on 07941 631839
AGE UK, Mondays 9.30-10.30am £5 01823 345626 CALL TO BOOK. Ridgeway Hall Bow Street Langport TA10 9PQ
Parish rooms Monday 10.15am Friday 11.30am. £4.50 PAYG firstname.lastname@example.org 01823 345626
2nd Thursday of each month. Somerton Sports Club. Call Mo Fletcher 01458 274631.
To improve strength and balance, helping to keep you steady on your feet and avoid falls. Starts June. Email email@example.com or call for details of the class.
Do you know someone who loves reading but is unable to get to their local library for health, mobility or caring reasons?
Somerset HLS is a free service where volunteers can assist you by choosing and delivering books to you at home. Includes: Large print novels, ordinary print books, audio books, shorter novels which are lighter and easier to hold, Non-fiction books e-books, e-audio books and e-magazines.
This is a women’s only (16+) Tae Kwon Do course instructed by Nina Anderson. It is a 6-week beginners’ course, so no experience is necessary. The first session is free but each one after that is £3 per person.
The 45-minute-long sessions are held @The Unit, 22 Leach Road, Chard TA20 1FA. You don’t need anything else other than some water and some comfortable clothes to move in.
Nina is a fantastic instructor and will look after you the whole way.
To sign up, click HERE.
Milborne Port Foodshare is a community project run by volunteers. It works with the local Coop on Gainsborough to distribute their donations of surplus food free of charge to anyone in the village who can use it.
The project is open on Thursday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.00 pm. It is based in Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port.
The project volunteers do not ask for customers’ name or addresses. The only thing asked is that customers bring their own bag.
Create Calm CIC offers Reiki treatments in the comfort of your own home. Reiki is a very gentle form of touch based healing that transforms pain and discomfort and brings about a general feeling of wellbeing after each treatment. Whatever your ailment, Reiki will support you. Try one session to see how you feel. Treatments are one hour long and include a short verbal check in to start. Create Calm CIC is a Community Interest Company so 30% of your fee goes to a fund to buy yoga mats and meditation cushions for the people in your community. And no-one is turned away for lack of funds. Reiki treatments booked through Wellbeing Sedgemoor are just £6 each.
Some people are feeling more anxious at the moment, either from the long periods of isolation from the lockdowns or about Coronavirus itself. The following resources may help;
Stepladder works with communities, groups and organisations across Somerset to find new ways for men to connect, support each other and get help when they need it.
We hope you can find what you’re looking for here – and do get in touch if you want to know more about our community development work across Somerset or you’d like to share your experiences and expertise.
Barnardo’s are offering support to men who want help around anger management and are concerned about violence and abuse within their intimate relationships. The group is ideal for men who want to improve their current or future relationships. Many men come to the group because they also want to improve their relationships and support for their children and the Reprovide programme has a strong focus on this.
Our FREE groups run weekly on Wednesday evenings in Taunton and Thursday evening near Shepton Mallet.
Those who have completed the programme report that the support group was friendly and gave them a safe and confidential space to talk about many difficult issues. For many men the group helps them to build and sustain positive relationships and to improve their mental health.
There is no requirement to fill in any referral forms.
See the Apps that could help your mental health that have been tested and approved by the NHS. Most are free.
We meet every Friday at 11 a.m. and cook and eat a meal together. Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street. Also give away free food from supermarkets at Bar5 on Thursdays from 10:30.
Create Calm CIC Mental Health Coaching combines 20 years of experience with mental health and Consciousness Coaching. As a trained life coach, I have decided to focus on Mental Health as this particular methodology helps you to gain clarity of thinking and feeling, orient yourself in the direction of good mental health, create milestones and meaningful homework for yourself and learn tools to self coach yourself through mental health challenges going forward. The initial process requires you to commit to 6 sessions, however ongoing coaching is available once this process is complete. Change your Life, Change your Mind, Get Mental Health Skills. Create Calm CIC is a Community Interest Company so 30% of your fee goes to a fund to buy yoga mats and meditation cushions for the people in your community. And no-one is turned away for lack of funds. Coaching Sessions are just £6 each.
Create Calm CIC offers Yoga and Mindfulness for all age groups and all levels of experience on a private basis and in community centres. Each lesson is designed for the age group and combines Subtle Yoga (specifically for the nervous system), Hatha Yoga, Reflection, Mindfulness, Meditation and Relaxation.
The benefits of yoga and mindfulness include clarity of thinking, emotional wellbeing, gentle exercise for the body and feelings of calm throughout your life generally. To feel more calm yourself, or if you wish more calm for your child, a relative or friend please be in touch. Create Calm CIC is a Community Interest Company so 30% of your fee goes to a fund to buy yoga mats and meditation cushions for the people in your community. And no-one is turned away for lack of funds. Classes are just £6 each.
Somerset Nature Connections project aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of Somerset’s spectacular natural environment. Somerset Nature Connections will help people to access these natural spaces, with a focus on supporting mental wellbeing and physical activity.
Nature Connection and wellbeing courses will be running in Mendip, Quantocks and Blackdown AONB areas. During the courses we will explore the Five Pathways to Nature Connectedness (contact, beauty, emotion, compassion and meaning). You will learn self-care techniques including nature-based mindfulness, sit spots and gratitude, as well as experiencing activities such as natural craft, outdoor cooking, bushcraft and helping out with a variety of conservation tasks.
These courses are for you if you are feeling isolated and/or experiencing mild to moderate depression, low mood, anxiety or stress.
The Somerset Nature Connections project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and is a partnership project with the Somerset Wildlife Trust, Mendip Hills, Quantock Hills and Blackdown Hills AONBs. The courses are free of charge to participants.
Details of upcoming courses will be advertised on the webpage below. For more info, email us.
Apps are a great way to get health and mental wellbeing information, helping us to improve our health and live healthier lives. There are so many apps on the market, it can be hard to know which ones you can trust.
That’s why the NHS in Somerset have teamed up with ORCHA (the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) to create this one website which shows reviewed health and care related apps, helping you to choose the one that works best.
South Somerset Community Choir rehearses on Monday evenings during term time from 7pm to 9pm in Crewkerne Methodist Church, South Street, Crewkerne.
The choir sings a wide range of music from show tunes to popular songs and folk pieces to classical works and is open to singers of all abilities.
New members are always welcome.
Join others in the Community for a morning of friendship, fun and positivity. We offer a warm and welcoming space in Westfield’s brand new Community Centre. We run a light-hearted activity each fortnight relating to ‘The 10 keys to happiness’ or you can just come for coffee* and biscuits!
10:00am to 12:00pm at St Peter’s Community Centre, Westfield, Yeovil BA21 3DY. The Happy Café is organised and run by Ryalls Park Medical Centre Health Coaches – for more information inc the next date, contact Fran, Julie or Karen.
Happy Cafes are part of the Happy Café Network, within the Action for Happiness movement.
*We ask for a donation for tea and coffee for St Peter’s Church.
ARK at Egwood CIC (Acts of Random Kindness) is an inter-generational therapeutic land-based day facility on 12 acres of land and woodland at Egwood, near Merriott. We offer a range of meaningful and purposeful activities and transferable life experiences, practical skills and support to improve health, wellbeing and opportunities for adults and young people, which includes horticulture/gardening, hedge-laying, animal husbandry, cooking/baking, creative arts and crafts and music.
We also provide personal, targeted, cost-effective therapies, including counselling, nature therapy and equine facilitated therapy, helping those needing to be more active, overcoming trauma, physical recovery, or working through anxiety, stress or depression.
We want to provide an engaging environment to those needing support and reduce social isolation within our community; it is well documented that the outside space as well as being with other people can have a positive impact on mental health, confidence and self-esteem. We also provide day placements for young people in support of their education.
Egwood Field, Egwood, Merriott, TA16 5QN
The Somerset Recovery College is hosted by Somerset Partnership NHS Trust for the wellbeing of people in Somerset.
Our students are people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them.
Our courses are open access for Somerset residents over the age of 18 and are free of charge. We do not take referrals from health professionals and our students do not have to be using mental health services to access any of our courses as long as they have a interest in mental health and recovery is genuine.
A referral should be made by an agency. They will issue a Referral Form. Agencies include SCC Social Services; Citizens Advice; Village & Community Agents in Langport area. In an emergency, parcels can be given without contacting an agency.
Ridgeway Hall, Stacey’s Court, Langport.
A referral should be made by an agency. They will issue a Referral Form.
Please contact one of the the agencies making referrals: SCC Social services; Citizens Advice; Village & Community Agents in Chard area; Churches providing the Lord’s Larder stocks.
The Lord’s Larder
42 Fore Street
Social project which supports people through doing practical activities. Primarily woodworking but also crafts. All welcome.
We have moved to the Pen Mill trading estate – Unit 5B, 8 Buckland Rd, BA21 5EA.
We have been singing together since 2000. We meet in the Town Hall, the first floor room at the Guildhall. We sing and enjoy songs from around the world.
The atmosphere is deliberately informal, where people feel welcome, supported and un-pressurised.
The Guildhall, Fore Street, Chard, Somerset TA20 1PP.
The Phoenix Voices choir were founded in 2014 by local choirmaster Kris Emmett and in 2016 added an orchestra and a band.
This year, using choral singing as a therapeutic intervention they will be focusing their community work on mental health, combating social isolation in the elderly and those living with mental ill-health, including stigma, both here and in sheltered accommodation in Yeovil and beyond.
All adults are welcome to join without audition – no need to be able to read music, just turn up and discover what can be unlocked!
The choir meets every Tuesday evening from 7:30-9pm at Holy Trinity Church and Community Centre on Lysander Road.
The first rehearsal is free, then our subs for members are £6 per week thereafter or £2.50 for those on income support, low income or other benefits. Each rehearsal lasts 90 minutes.
Chard Camera Club meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month (excluding July and August) at 7.30pm.
The Baptist Church, Hall, 9 Holyrood St, Chard, Somerset TA20 2AH.
A horticultural therapy group where people can improve their mental wellbeing through gardening.
Somerset Prostate Support Association (SPSA) was established in 2003 and provides a much-needed source of help and support for Somerset men diagnosed with prostate problems (including prostate cancer), and their families.
Today the SPSA’s primary activities include presentations to raise awareness of prostate cancer and a programme of free discrete Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) blood testing events throughout Somerset. The emphasis is on identifying raised PSA levels as soon as possible, and the importance of early detection of prostate problems.
It is important for men to be aware of symptoms associated with prostate cancer and understand that they may have prostate cancer but remain asymptomatic (ie no obvious symptoms) hence the PSA blood test. Early detection is vital for early intervention, leading to a positive outcome. PSA tests identify that there is a prostate problem, not that cancer is present. The identified problem needs further investigation to establish the presence of cancer and provide appropriate treatment interventions.
SPSA is a registered charity that is run entirely by volunteers, many with personal experience of prostate cancer and the effect it has on their lives and that of their families.
To find out more or to make a donation, please visit our website.
We are over 60 years into productions and put on an annual pantomime and summer show, as well as charity evenings. Our age range starts at 8-13 years who are known as Kittens, 14-17 years who are known as Sphynx Group and 18year+ with no limit on adults age. We rehearse Tuesday evenings, Kittens from 7-8pm, Sphynx & Adults 8-10pm and also Wednesday evenings 7.30-10pm.
Contact: Lorraine Marshall. 35 Bubwith Close, Chard, TA20 2BW.
The Link has been established by Home Group in partnership with SSDC to provide a hub with the objective to up-skill, empower and connect the community. Available workshops are:
Groups: Pilates, Creative writing, Art Therapy, Community links (open drop-in), Music sessions and Health and Wellbeing sessions.
Alongside the workshop there is an opportunity to access a tenant accreditation scheme and gain a qualification.
The service is open to anyone but would need to be referred in by specialist agencies such as GP’s, SDAS, Probation, Housing Options, DWP, Social housing providers, anyone that supports individuals with their health and wellbeing.
32 Vicarage Walk, Quedam Centre, Yeovil.
The club caters for modellers of all forms of land transport, primarily railways. We have our own club room in Chard where we can build and operate projects.
Contact: Mr Ron Jones
Come along to our weekly drop in service every Wednesday between 9.15 – 10.00am.
Help and encouragement to manage your own health, well-being, weight and/or reach any personal goals.
We offer a weekly weigh-in, can arrange basic health checks, signpost to well-being groups, and give lifestyle advice and support, all in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
Available to all Millbrook Surgery patients – free of charge.
Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House is a vibrant arts venue and cafe situated in the former Unitarian Church on East Street. It is fully accessible with it’s own parking, has many different activities and welcomes volunteers.
We hold regular workshops and outreach sessions into the community for individuals to participate in art and creativity regardless of their age or ability.
ACEArts, Market Place, Somerton TA11 7NB.
New class starting 26th March. Sessions are suitable for wheelchair users and less able individuals.
Monday evenings 6:30 to 7:30pm. St James Resource Centre, Yeovil BA21 3RL.
Cost £6 per session.
Contact Debbie at InYoga on 07929 512442.
Starting in Australia, Men’s Sheds have now expanded worldwide. Many men found that once they retired they lost their social network so “Men in Sheds” started, bringing retired or unemployed men together to work on community projects and to socialise again. If you enjoy pottering about in your shed, or you’d like to work on a project – your own or a community project – with others, then come and meet the “shedders”.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10-12:30.
The Balsam Centre, Wincanton.
The Yeovil Wellbeing Project is a Big Lottery funded project aimed at supporting people in Yeovil and the surrounding areas to improve their mental wellbeing. The groups will focus on improving confidence, life skills, assertiveness, social skills and training and employment opportunities.
Each group will be 3 hours long and will include both a taught and creative session related to the individual weeks’ content in a 12 week rolling programme, and our Support Workers will offer short 1-1 wellbeing checks as well as individual guided goal setting support. Individuals are able to come for as many weeks as they like, and may chose to do more than 12 weeks, or even return to volunteer!
Every Tuesday, 11am – 2pm at St Marks Hall, Yeovil, BA21 4PU
If you are aged 10 to 80+ years and are either learning to play an instrument or enjoy singing then Yeovil Music Centre will welcome you. Come and have a look, there’s no obligation.
We pride ourselves on being family-friendly, inclusive and welcoming, and endeavour to cater for all, whether high achievers, average musicians or those with special needs, from relative beginners to those thinking of teaching or playing professionally.
Groups meet at various times between 4:30pm and 9:15pm on Tuesdays in the Main Hall, Kingston Building, Yeovil College. Timetable available including guitar, choir, wind, saxophone and an orchestra.
For those interested in creative arts and crafts, and creative writing. Contact via online form on website.
Take Art is a pioneering arts charity, serving the towns, villages and rural communities of Somerset. We do this by providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience, participate and work within the arts.
Offering an afternoon painting group on a Monday, outdoor painting in the summer and occasional workshops. Please contact for more details.
Community garden for Milford residents. Please contact for more information.
This is a dedicated space in the libraries where members of the public can come for health and wellbeing information or to access health and wellbeing services. This will include the provision of a free, bookable drop-in space that third-sector organisations and commissioned services can use to host their own health events and activities.
Yeovil Library, King George Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PY
Provides a free service to those in the community affected by a life-limiting illness. We run informal drop-in support in Yeovil and Taunton. We welcome anyone who is affected by a life limiting illness. This could be patients, friends, family or carers. There is no need to book
Yeovil : Wednesdays 10.30-12.30, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX
Taunton : Thursdays 2-4pm, Sunflower Centre, St Margaret’s Hospice, Heron Drive, Taunton TA1 5HA.
There is also a 24 hour support helpline for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Call the number listed below.
Group who discuss all things photographic, sharing images and skills. Programme of meetings from September to June on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-10.00pm. Contact via website.
The society meets to listen to an interesting selection of speakers on a very diverse range of historical and archaeological subjects with local relevance. Meets the first Friday of each month from October to May, 7:15pm, at Holy Trinity Church, Lysander Road, BA20 2BU
Feel better with a book and self help reading lists. Groups run at;
Please contact us for more information.
Group to help people research their family history. Meets at the Holy Trinity Church & Community Centre, Lysander Road, Yeovil, BA20 2BU. Please contact for more information.
The South Street Centre is dedicated to the over 50’s. We offer meals and activities, information and friendship. Our two services are the Day Centre with lunches, and the Yeovil Meals service.
The Day Centre offers a two course traditional lunch and all meals are cooked in our own kitchen using fresh, local ingredients. Just phone us before 11.00am for our Menu of the Day and to book your lunch or pop in and have a look at our weekly menu board in the foyer. Lunch served at 12.30 daily.Why not join us for morning coffee or lunch after shopping?
We have two large rooms at the centre which are available at various times for functions, meetings or presentations. Each day there is a range of activities from Flexercise, craft activities, singalong sessions to computer classes.
Yeovil Community Meals Service is a charity which delivers meals to vulnerable people in Yeovil, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays). Meals are freshly cooked each day in the kitchen at Yeovil Day Centre and delivered between 12.00 noon and 1.30 pm by volunteer drivers.
Clients do not need to be referred and enquiries are welcome from any individual or representative of any person who cannot regularly prepare and cook a meal for themselves. The meal service would like to thank Marks & Spencer, Yeovil for their support.
South Street Centre, 20 South Street, Yeovil, BA20 1QE
The Lord’s Larder Food Bank is a local ‘bank’ of non-perishable food operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil. Requests for food are made by phone through recognized agencies, who then collect parcels to hand on to their clients.
Revitalise promotes Somerset based physical activity sessions which are delivered by qualified staff making them particularly suitable for those living with cancer and beyond. They are open to anyone so you can also go along with friends or family.
Being active has a significant impact on wellbeing when living with cancer. It can prevent and manage some effects of treatment. It helps you take back some control of your life.
Feel better with a book at free Shared Reading group. Everyone is welcome to join to share a story and poem.
· Yeovil Library, Mondays, 11.30am – 1.00pm
Please contact us for more information.
Support for people across South Somerset to lead healthier lifestyles.
An NHS Health Check can help you identify potential risks early and give you personalised advice so you can take action to reduce your chances of developing these health problems.
You can have an NHS Health Check if:
See website or call to book a Health Check.
A slightly more energetic exercise class for the over 55’s.
Session fee £3.50 (Henhayes members) £4.50 (non-members). Booking essential.
Fridays from 9:30 – 10:30am.
A place to make, mend and grow in rural Somerset. Located on Spring Farm in Ash there is now a craft cabin with the aim to build an adjoining wooden workshop canopy. There is also a growing vegetable plot and a few animals to care for.
In time the team want to open up the facilities to all sorts of people, young and old to come to make, mend and grow things together. Learn new skills as well as make beautiful or useful things.
The team of volunteers would also like to provide people with the opportunity to learn about and grow in the Christian faith which is their strong foundation and motivation.
It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
A grass-roots charity in Somerset which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food.
Created so that people know where to find ‘accessible’ health information. ‘Accessible’ information is information that uses easy words with pictures covering food and exercise; informative health videos and useful health advice. There are over 500 leaflets on Easyhealth made by many different organisations. You can print off nearly all the leaflets straight away.
For thousands of years, meditators have claimed many benefits for their practice. Our experience, and that of Headspace members, suggests that regular mindfulness practice, through meditation, is an effective treatment for stress, worry, lack of focus, relationship problems, addictions and more. Please access the website for more information.
Somerset Partnership have put together a collection of self help guides. These are available to view when you follow the link below. The guides cover these topics:
Alcohol and You
Depression and Low Mood
Food for Thought
Obsessions and Compulsions
Shyness and Social Anxiety