Support Services



Macmillan provides support for anyone affected by cancer. Find out what to expect, get information, practical advice and support, hear from experts and read about other people’s experiences


Cancer Support UK

Cancer Support UK provide practical and emotional support to people with cancer, during and after the treatment period.

Mental Health


The Talking Therapies Counselling service offers a wide range of treatments for adults 18yrs and over who are registered with a GP surgery in the Somerset area.


Kooth provide free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 10-18yrs.

Turning Point

Turning Point is a health and social care organisation that works across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care, the criminal justice system and employment.

01935 383360

Somerset Crisis Page 

Mental health crisis - Somerset NHS Foundation Trust (

What to do if you or someone you are with needs urgent mental health help now:
You, or someone you know, might be in crisis if:
You are thinking of hurting yourself or suicide seems the only option.
Someone you know has made threats to hurt you or someone else.
You are experiencing extreme distress that seems overwhelming.


If you struggle to pick up and ring to ask for help, you can contact Shout via text on the number below. SHOUT will work with you to  find ways to help you access the support you have in place as well as other forms of support available to you. They will also contact emergency services or social services if needed.

Text: 85258

Is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.





Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) treats young people and adults that have a problem with drugs and alcohol.


Smoke free

Smoke Free is provided by the NHS as free support to assist with giving up smoking.


NHS Choices

NHS Choices offers a 12 week weight loss guide, combined with advice on healthier eating and physical activity.

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes.

Slimming World [Martock]

Slimming World aims to help people to lose weight and offers them dietary/healthy eating advice

01935 824025


Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer's Society make a commitment to be available to every person who receives a diagnosis. We want everyone affected by dementia to know that, whatever you are going through wherever you are, whoever you are, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice.


National Dementia Helpline: 0300 2221122

Elderly Care

Somerset Community Connect

Provide advice and support to help people live as independently as possible in their own homes. To contact Somerset Community Connect, call: 0300 123 2224


Somerset Carers Service

Somerset Carers Service can help link to you groups and events in your area, to find facts and information that will help the person you are caring for with their particular needs. Here you will find specific support for your unique situation; and our Carers Agents are on hand to help and guide you.


Red Cross

The Red Cross provide short-term loans of wheelchairs and toilet aids.

Health & Wellbeing

There are a number of voluntary services available locally that can help you find activities, groups or services in the community to support your health and wellbeing.

Visit SPARK Somerset and Wellbeing South Somerset to find out more.


Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones offers bereavement/loneliness and general support and the group is run locally by Jan Masters.

01935 823062

Somerset End of Life Website
The Somerset End of Life Care and Bereavement Support website is an excellent new resource providing advice for general public, health and social care workers in Somerset.
There is useful information on symptom control, bereavement services and financial / practical steps.
Other Local Advice & Support

Martock Parish Council Community Support:

Contact - Naomi Gass on 07539 754413

Support offered: Job Club, Wednesday Club, Senior support, citizens advice


South Petherton Village Agent: – 07572 024492

Support offered: signposting to agencies, local community knowledge, group information


Community Shed: - 01460 240943 (South Petherton)

Support offered: able bodied skilled woodworkers, some who are not as able as they used to be and need help, and some who have never done woodwork before. There’s a lovely atmosphere and plenty of help for those that want it.


South Petherton Care Co-operative:

Support offered: The South Petherton Care Co-operative is an informal group of local, independent care providers.  The South Petherton Care Co-operative aims to bring together local independent carers and provide a summary of services in one place.  Independent carers can often provide care in a more creative and flexible way than an agency.


For phone numbers please see the directory.


Somerset Micro enterprise directory: (pages 11 – 20 for this area)

Support offered: a list of different service providers with varying skills in the local area


Martock Carers support group: – 0800 3168 600 – (Martock)

Support offered: emotional support provided to people who care for loved ones & friends


Somerset Sight: - 01823 333816 (Taunton)

Support: Practical & emotional support for people who are blind or partially sighted


U3A: – 07840 235509 – (Martock)

Support offered: U3A (University of the Third Age) is a UK-wide movement which brings together people in their 'third age' to develop their interests and continue their learning in a friendly and formal environment.  There is a group that meets in Martock