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Useful NHS & Non NHS Service

There are many charity organisations and branch organisations from the NHS that provide other useful services to the public. Please see the links below for some of these services:


Click on the link below to view the North Sedgemoor Community Groups spreadsheet with contact details and locations:

North Sedgemoor Community Groups

Burnham-on-Sea Men's Shed Group

The group brings together a group of 'shedders' who share tools and resources to undertake practical, hands-on projects in a friendly, inclusive environment.

The group meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8.45am-11.45am and 1.45pm-4.45pm, timed to coincide with the connecting nearby bus service, and men are welcome to call in for as many or as few sessions as they want.

For further information please click on the this link

Aster living Home from Hospital service

Aster living provides a service that gives you the practical help you need to get home. After a spell in hospital, some little changes around your home can help you settle back into everyday life.

Home from hospital is a free service, providing practical help before you go home, or in the first few weeks you're home.

Their care and repair team, together with a partnership of local authorities and the NHS in Somerset, have set up home from hospital.

They have specialist caseworkers and HandiHelp technicians who work with hospitals and patients to make sure your home is safe to return to.

For further information please see these attached documents aster living Home from Hospital, visit their website or phone them on 01823 692900.

Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams

Crisis and Home Treatment services are provided to people living in the community who require intensive, daily support and who may otherwise be likely to be admitted to in-patient care.

Who we are

We are based in different localities around the county. Our teams consist of a Team Manager, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Specialist Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Support Workers, and a Secretary.

The team has quick access to specialist mental health Doctors and psychologists.

What we do

We make an initial assessment to establish each persons needs. This usually takes the form of a face to face meeting with two staff, though this may start with a telephone conversation. Important family members or carers are encouraged to be part of this assessment.

Staff aim to provide intensive home support as an alternative to admission, and also assist earlier discharge by providing intensive home support for a short period after discharge from an in-patient service.

How we work

The service prioritises people aged over 18 who are at risk of Admission to an inpatient unit.

After this initial assessment a plan of care is agreed with you and staff visit at agreed times ,sometimes up to three times a day to provide you and your family/carers with support . Medication is often provided for you by the service.

We keep your family doctor updated about your progress.

As you improve we will see you less often and discuss with you what follow up arrangements will be suitable in your case.

How you can you access these services

Referrals to the service are normally received from a person’s GP, but we also accept referrals from other professional, voluntary service workers and self referrals.

Services are available every day of the year from 08.30 until 20.30 hours.

Waiting time

People accepted by the service are usually seen on the same day as they are referred.

For further information, please access the website:


Healthwatch Somerset are an independent consumer champion for people who use health and/or social care services. They work with local people to get the best out of the health and social care services and they want your stories.

For further information visit their website


Fibromyalgia Somerset has been running for many years but recently we introduced other pain and fatigue related conditions/diseases such as arthritic diseases, Lyme disease, musculoskeletal conditions and many more. Hence we became Invisible Me Wellbeing group as well.

We have supported the frustrations of diagnoses, disability benefits and communicating with health professionals.

We have supported general wellbeing and issues around mental health to help maintain an equilibrium, by running regular self help workshops of pain... and fatigue management which include relaxation and mindfulness.

We have a realm of expertise within our team and with this are professionally equip to help sign post to other organisations and appropriate support.

We also have connections with the NHS Community Pain Management Team where we are currently helping to create after care groups and support pages on social networking.

We also work alongside Fibroduck Foundation and are lucky enough to use their charity status to help raise funds for fibromyalgia research and awareness.

We are thankful for the use of the Morland Community Hall run by Richard Matthews and together our vision is to make the hall a hub of support for the local community by promoting wellbeing and better communication.

Contact details:
Lizzy 07815 606372
Paul 07590 230589


Group Liaison:
Ellen Upton

Support Group Meeting Address:
Sedgemoor Wellbeing Centre
Morland Community Hall
Pearce Drive
Highbridge Somerset

We are now registered as a local support group under Fibroduck Foundations wing.

HMRC Charity Number XT35891


Independant Living Team - Rehabilitation

If you are having trouble moving or living independently at home the Community Adult Rehabilitation Service might be able to help you.

Who we are

  • 13 teams based in every Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust community hospital
  • there is an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist and a rehabilitation assistant in each team
  • supported by administrative staff
  • students from local universities

An occupational therapist helps you to live life your way by understanding how your mind and body work and using activities to promote independence in daily life.

Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement to help you to achieve your full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

Rehabilitation assistants work under the supervision of the Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to help deliver a planned programme of care with you.

For more information including how you can refer yourself or someone you care for please see the website:


The definition of Private Fostering is:

When a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

For further information please access the following website:

SWISH (Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service)

From 1 April 2016 SWISH became the new one-stop service for contraceptive and sexual health advice, amalgamating the CASH and GUM services.

There will be a range of services on offer including walk-in clinics, a full range of contraception, as well as emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and support, chlamydia screening, advice on sexual abuse and abortion services, an advice line, and online booking.

For details of the local clinics and their opening times please see the SWISH website:


A warm welcome awaits, a listening ear, just come along - there is nothing to fear!

Whether you are on holiday, visiting Burnham or live locally everyone is welcome!

We meet every Monday (except Bank Holidays) in the mobile unit at the back of

Somerset Skills and Learning Centre

Princess Street


1.30pm - 3.30pm

Tel: 0844 887 2598




Macmillan Cancer Support - My Cancer Treatment

Access the hyperlink above for details of the interactive website designed to help you make informed decisions about where to access cancer services.


AGE UK website

Ageing well classes booklet

We are age UK leaflet


Click on the link for information on local classes in Somerset

Health & Wellbeing Classes


Hairflair Designs is a Wig and Hairpiece Consultancy based in Portishead who provide a free weekly consultations every Wednesday at Musgrove Park Hospital, currently within The Beacon Centre. Fittings usually last around an hour.

In exceptional circumstances a ward or home visit can be arranged.

There is also a qualified hairdresser who is trained in cutting and customising wigs.

The contact details of Hairflair Designs are:

Mobile 07773052988

Landline 01275 840191

Helpline service is available 09:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday and 09:00 to 13:00 Saturday.

Email Hairflair


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood, with a child being born with CP every hour. Our goal is to raise awareness globally for cerebral palsy and other birth injuries. Please access the link above and explore our website for further information.

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