Here are groups and activities tojoin that can provide support for you or if you are worried about someone else.
If you are having thoughts of suicide or acts of self harm, or you are worried about someone else please dial 999 or call the Samaritans on 116 123 for free. There are other local support lines that can help such as Somerset Mindline on 01823 276 892.
Local activities and groups
Somerset Health Walks
Walking for wellbeing can help you to feel good, to have more energy, to sleep better and to manage your weight. All walks are free of charge and are led by a team of Volunteer Walk Leaders
Somerset Men's Sheds
A community spaces for men to connect, converse and create. The activities are often similar to those of garden sheds, but for groups of men to enjoy together. They help reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, they’re fun. Find out more here.
Explore Steart Marshes
Encouraging people to come along if they are experiencing mental or emotional ill health loneliness, difficulties finding meaningful social connection and/or have little access to natural spaces. Find days and times here.
Somerset Wildlife Trust
Somerset Nature Connections project aims tackle some of the barriers that prevent people experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of Somerset’s spectacular natural environment.
Reopening after lockdown and not just a place to borrow books! Other resources include internet access, printing facilities, books hand-picked for you by library experts, DVDs borrowing, talking books, researching family history via Ancestry and regular events. Find out more here.
Mendip Recovery and Wellbeing Groups
These online sessions are available to anyone over 18 and living in Mendip Somerset and provide a relaxed, safe and supportive environment to explore ways to stay well. More details can be found here.
All gender domestic abuse support group
Run by Mind in Somerset. A six-session closed support group aimed to help you gain knowledge about abusive relationships and how children are affected by being exposed to domestic abuse. Find out more here.
Minehead Mind Support Group
Friendly confidential, mutual aid group where we are here to support each other. We
are a non-judgmental group and we offer a stigma-free space. More details can be found here.
Gardening for health charity; using gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health, or who are isolated, disadvantaged or vulnerable. Find out more here.
Cultivating Wellbeing in Gardens and Nature
Cultivating wellbeing in gardens and nature is a free-to-access online resource to encourage you to use your garden to spend more time connecting with nature as a tool to restore wellbeing and improve your physical and mental health. More details can be found here.
Start Running Stay Running
Helping runners achieve their first 5K right through to training for marathons & ultras with run plans, nutrition, strength training & more! Online coaching platform and running community for motivation, inspiration, tips and helping you to get started. Find out more Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
National and online
Staying active at home
Staying active is now more important than ever for both your physical and mental health. Here you can find are some great examples of activities you can be trying in and around your home.
Training and employment
Free construction training with SS&L working with Reform Training and Skills
Reform are funded by SS&L to deliver free construction training courses to anyone living in Somerset aged 19+, and they have guaranteed interviews with reputable recruiters available once you have passed your CSCS test*.
This partnership means you can get Level 1 Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, Level 1 Award in UK Health & Safety, your CSCS test and CSCS card all for free.
#Train4Tomorrow offers free, high quality, digital and technical training to employed and unemployed adults. The training is designed by industry to meet their open and live vacancies. Digital and Technical Skills Bootcamps are flexible courses, up to 16 weeks; giving people the opportunity to build up specific-sector skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer.
The programme, funded through the National Skills Fund, includes different Digital and Technical Skills Bootcamps that have been designed to help local people advance or pivot their skills into growing sectors resilient to the current economic downturn.
Unique and inspirational projects running to help you unlock potential and aspirations into a career of choice. From boosting confidence so you believe you can retrain, or support your dreams of setting up a business our caring and passionate team can help. Once a month, we organise events for both Women and Men and weekly virtual drop-ins. Nothing is mandatory, but as the old saying goes, ‘the more you put in the more you get out’. We have Women and Men undertaking training courses, some have returned to work and others have been referred to partner agencies for specific support, from health and wellbeing to training providers. Both groups have a dedicated, private Facebook page where they can share, support and empower each other to achieve their goals. Due to the current situation, referrals can be made by email and an initial one : one will be carried out either by phone or video call.
Find out more here.
The Focus Training Group
Three week programme supports candidates to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for potential transition into employment on one of the largest construction projects in Europe, Hinkley Point C or into other similar roles within the sector. This is a fully funded programme, no funding is required from applicants. The Bronze HSO programme is being delivered by The Focus Training Group and includes:-
- ECITB CCNSG
- ECITB Manual handling
- ECITB Confined space
- ECITB Fire watcher
- ECITB Working at height
- ECITB Abrasive wheels
- ECITB Working safely with hand and power tools
- CSCS training Highfield Level 1 Award in Health & Safety within a Construction Environment
- Employability Skills
- Interview with Hinkley Point C or local employer
Following successful achievement of the programme, applicants will be interviewed for potential vacancies at Hinkley Point C or with employers in the engineering construction environment.
7th February - 25th March 2022 – Bridgwater.
Train 4 All
Working with the Somerset County Council and the National Skills Fund to offer a brand new programme to those who are looking to work on site at Hinkley Point C. aim of the three week programme is to support those looking to leave the Armed Forces to gain the necessary skills and knowledge for transition into employment with employers on Hinkley Point C. This is a fully funded programme, no funding is required from applicants.
The Bronze HSO programme is being delivered before employment, further development opportunities may also be available. Following successful achievement of the programme, all applicants will be interviewed for potential Engineering Construction roles working on site at Hinkley Point C and with local employers.
The Skills Bootcamp will be delivered at Train4All Construction & Engineering Academy, a dedicated Armed Forces Resettlement facility in Somerton conveniently located close to RNAS Yeovilton where accommodation can be obtained.
3 weeks of training, 5 days per week:
- Pre-employment training including HPC “Site Ready” employability skills.
Weeks 2 – 3
Hinkley Support Operative (Bronze) Skills Bootcamp:
- Manual Handling
- Confined Space
- Fire Watching
- Working at Height
- Abrasive Wheels
- Working Safely with hand and Power Tools
- Interview with Hinkley Point C and local employers.
Technical Skills Bootcamps - Construction
To get your start in Engineering Construction, EDF Energy are launching a new 3-week training programme to learn new skills and gain a recognised qualification in Engineering Construction. Successful completion of this programme could lead to the opportunity of future employment with Hinkley Point C Contractors.
This programme is open to those aged 19 or above. Available bootcamps:
- Bridgwater and Sedgemoor (delivered by Focus Training Group)
- Somerton and South Somerset (services resettlement course, delivered by Train4All)
- Abrasive Wheels
- Manual Handling
- Low Risk Confined Space
- Working at Height
- Fire Watcher
- Client Contractor National Safety Group Passport (CCNSG)
- Working Safely with Hand Tools
- Working Safely with Power Tools
Enquiries and Applications
Web (Focus Training): https://www.thefocustraininggroup.com/
Web: (Train4All): https://train4all.co.uk/