Parent Health & Wellbeing

If you’re worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), the NSPCC has advice to help you support them.

Another great resource is: This site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being. It is worth a look!

Parent Well Being Champions

We are really pleased to introduce our Parent Well Being Champions: Jen Andrews, Becky Buxton, Matt and Gabi Payne. Our Parent Champions are not experts, just parents who have had various experiences and are willing to listen.

Jen, Gabi, Matt and Becky will work alongside the Staff (Andy Leafe, Emma Bartlett, Penny White, Jo Lopez, Lauren House and Tracy Edwards), Governor (Andy Shepherd and Kate Frapwell-Roach) and Pupil Well being Champions to do all that we can to support our families.

Keep an eye out here for more information/ activities.

As well as this group of people, there are various other support systems available. Here are a sample of them:

Health Connections Mendip

Living and feeling better can start with a simple step – connecting.

Would you like to:

  • improve your health and well being?
  • Join groups who know what you’re going through?
  • Connect to local community groups, services and organisations?
  • Build your support network?
  • Train as a Community Connector?

Health Connections Mendip can offer one to one support, group support, self-management programmes or signposting.

Give them a call – they are happy to help! 01373 468368 or visit their website:

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As parents and carers, we play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings as they grow up. Place2be has some great resources and ideas for starting those difficult conversations with your child.

Young Minds

Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.

If you think your child is unhappy or if you are worried about their behaviour, it’s easy to be hard on yourself and think you aren’t doing a good job. Young Minds has a great parents survival guide which is worth a look.

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Action for Children

Helping families with advice and practical support. The section on MASK is really helpful for spotting signs of possible mental heath concerns with your child.

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Most food banks operate through a referrals system from organisations such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Job Centre, local Church, Health Visitors, GPs, and Social Workers, etc.

Glastonbury Food Bank
Accepts referrals from BA6 and BA16 postcodes. Parcels are delivered to the home.
Contact them on: 07980 458600 or email:

Langport Food Bank
The Ridgway Hall, Stacy’s Court, Bow Street, Langport. Open Wednesdays 14.30-16.00
Wells Food Bank
The Vineyard Centre, Unit 2, Keward Mill Trading Estate, Jocelyn Drive, Wells, BA5 1DA.
Open Wednesdays/Saturdays 10.30-14.30
Contact email is Tel: 07871 689 598

Bridgwater Food Bank
Mount Street Day Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3ER
(Located to the right of the cinema, behind Bridgwater Ford)
Tel: 07804 119 273. Email:
Opening times: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 13.30 – 15.30.

Yeovil Food Bank
The Lord’s Larder, The Gateway, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, BA20 1QN.
Tel: 01935 479 398  Email:

Shepton Mallet Food Bank
The Salvation Army distributes food parcels in Shepton Mallet. A referral form has to be
made via the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Salvation Army, The Old Magistrates Court; 21 Commercial Road; Shepton Mallet,
Somerset; BA4 5BU. Tel: 01749 343 168

Other sites include:       February 2020 CMH Week   – supports vulnerable children, including those experiencing mental health and emotional well-being problems. Online resources are available       2021 CMH Week.      mentoring for disadvantaged children and young people in Somerset    runs projects to help people struggling with mental health issues     Yeovil, Taunton and Bridgwater offices- emotional support 24/7, training resources, Speak Up campaign for schools.     mental health first aid.  Workplace resources, training and guidance.    Public Health England resources, toolkits.  

A fairly exhaustive list of numbers if needed:

ACAS Helpline0300 1231100
Age Uk Wiltshire0800 169 6565
Aids & Sexual Health line 0300 123 7123
Alcoholics Anonymous0800 917 7650
Apprenticeship helpline0800 015 0600
Association of counselling & psychotherapy01455 883300
Asthma Uk Advice line 0800 121 6244
Asylum aid 020 7354 9631
British pregnancy advisory service – providing abortion services across the UK 0345 730 4030
Benefit enquiries – 
Breast cancer care 0808 800 6000
The Breastfeeding network0300 100 0212
Child death helpline 0800 282 986
Childline 0844 892 0200
Crime stoppers UK 0800 555 111
Debt free advice0800 988 4167
Dental Helpline0845 063 1188
Direct marketing association helpline (removing your details from direct mailing list)020 7291 3350
Disability living and attendance helpline 0843 504 3710
Domestic violence helpline0121 507 0707
Dry out now0845 230 8060
Dyslexia helpline
0333 405 4567

Somerset link:
Energy helpline 0800 074 0745
Energy saving trust advice Centre 0800 512012
Epilepsy action 0808 800 5050
Families anonymous 0845 120 0660
Families need fathers 0300 030 0363
Families & childcare trust020 7940 7510
Family lives0808 800 2222
Flood line0845 988 1188
FRANK (Drugs helpline)0300 123 6600
The Freeview advice line 0345 650 5050
Gamblers anonymous – 
Gingerbread0808 802 0925
Home office, London 020 7035 4848
Inland revenue 0300 200 3211
Macmillan Cancer support 0808 808 0000
Mankind (helpline for men suffering domestic violence)01823 334244
Meningitis research foundation 0808 800 3344
Multiple sclerosis society 0808 800 8000
N.S.P.C.C child protection helpline 0808 800 5000
Narcotics anonymous 0300 123 2323
National blood service 0300 123 2323
National careers service 0800 100 900
National dementia helpline 0300 222 1122
National domestic violence helpline 0808 200 0247
National grid – gas emergency service 0800 111 999
National rail enquires 0345 748 4950
NHS direct (advice & support)111
NHS stop smoking helpline 0800 169 0169
Offenders family’s helpline 0808 808 2003
Organ donor line 0300 123 2323
Overeaters anonymous 0700 078 4985
Parkinson’s UK 0808 800 0303
Prisoners family’s helpline 0808 808 3444
Prostate cancer helpline 0800 074 8383
Quitline (smokers’ helpline)0800 002200
R.S.P.C.A 0300 123 4999
Rape crisis0808 802 9999
Relate0300 100 1234
The Roy Castle lung cancer foundation 0800 358 7200
Runaway helpline 0808 800 7070
Samaritans 116 123
Scope helpline 0808 800 3333
The sexual Healthline 0300 123 7123
Shelter 0808 800 4444
The silver line (help and friendship service for older people)0800 470 8090
Spinal injuries association 01908 604191
Stroke helpline 0303 3033100
Student bursary support helpline 0800 121 8989
Supportive parents for special children (parent partnership service for parents of children with special needs) Bristol 01179 989 7725
Tax credit helpline 0345 300 3900
Veterans helpline 0800 169 2277
Working families 020 7253 7243

Mental Health support sites:

Mental health helplines
“Mind” for better mental health
Samaritans website & Numbers contact numbers HMRC contact details – Childcare service helpline – Benefits
Citizens advice – tax problems – Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline
Citizens advice
NHS Website   A-Z
Find a helpline (all topics)


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