Resources

Carer’s Trust

“We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disables or has mental health or addiction problems. 

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grands to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives”. 

Childline

“Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.

Childine is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you”.

Children’s Society

“It is a painful fact that many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering from extreme hardship, abuse or neglect. Too often their problems are ignored and their voices unheard. Now it is time to listen and to act. 

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people they they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. 

We also campaign for changed to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future”. 

Compass Carers

“Compass Carers is the first dedicated carers support service for un-paid carers across Somerset, offering information, advice and guidance as well as emotional support, signposting, training and a telephone support service.” 

Cruse

“Cruse Bereavement Care is the leading national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.

Cruse offers face-to-face, telephone, email and website support. We have a Freephone national helpline and local services, and a website (hopeagain.org.uk) specifically for children and young people. Our services are provided by our network of 5,000 trained volunteers and are confidential and free. Cruse also provides training and consultancy for external organisations and for those who may encounter bereaved people in the course of their work”.

GetSet

“The GetSet Service is part of Somerset County Council’s contribution to the Early Help landscape.

It’s mission is to give children, young people and their families the best possible start in life. We recognise that the right help at the right time in the right place can make a big difference in the longer-term, and aim to help families overcome small challenges before they become big ones. 

An important part of our approach is to make sure families can help themselves and find their own solutions to problems. Developing the resilience to deal with these problems effectively will also help them not to become dependent on external services”. 

KidScape (Anti-bullying)

“Our mission is to ensure children live in a safe and nurturing environment. By providing training, support and advice to children, parents, schools and those in professional contact with young people, we enable them to gain knowledge and develop the confidence and skills to challenge abuse and bullying in all its forms”. 

MS Society

“We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, volunteers and fundraisers. 

We understand what life’s like with MS, and we support each other through the highs, lows and everything in between. 

And we’re driving research into more – and better – treatments. For everyone.

Together, we are strong enough to stop MS.”

National Autism Society

“We are the leading UK charity for autistic people (including those with Asperger Syndrome) and their families. 

We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for autistic people”. 

NHS

You can use this website to find details about Health Conditions, Symptoms and Treatments. 

There is also a dedicated Young Carers section which contains information, advice and guidance about being a Young Carer.

Re-Think

“We help millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes, changing lives. 

Today we directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. And we change attitudes and policy for millions”. 

Sibs

“Sibs is the only UK charity representing the needs of siblings of disabled people. There are over half a million young siblings and at least 1.7 million adult siblings in the UK, who have grown up with a disabled brother or sister. 

Sibs aims to enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision throughout the UK”. 

Somerset Carers Network

” ‘Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’ is committed to working with carers. All our mental and physical health care 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 and assessment of your needs is carried out”. 

Somerset Youth

“Our mission is to help create a  youth sector where Somerset’s young people have their voices head and have access to services which are coherent, sustainable and high quality.

To do this we provide professional support to community and independent groups to enable them to provide good quality informal learning and development opportunities that help young people ages 11-19 reach their full potential”. 

Winston’s Wish

“Winston’s Wish was established by Julie Stokes OBE, a clinical psychologist, in 1992 to meet the needs of bereaved children and their families. The idea took root when Julie visited the UK and Canada on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship. Having been inspired by the services she saw there, Stokes returned to the UK and set up Winston’s Wish. 

Since then we have understood the impact of bereavement at a young age and have developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. We offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community. 

We believe in a society where every bereaved child has access to support as and when they need it”. 

Young Minds

“Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity championing the wellbeing and mental health of young people. 

We exist so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. We strove to make sure everything, from Government policy to practice in schools and services, is driven by young people’s experiences and aspirations.

We support parents to help their children through difficult times, we equip professionals to provide the best possible support to the young people that they work with, and we empower young people to change their world”.