Isle of Wedmore News – August 2022

Happy & Healthy Children and Young People!

It has been a difficult time for everyone over the last two years and for the younger members of our community their ‘difficulties’ have been different to adults’ difficulties.  In Somerset there is a charity, ‘Young Somerset’, which has a broad remit, including:- offering much-needed help to young people aged 5-18 with things like low-mood, anxiety and stress.  Young Somerset also supports young people to enable them to access a youth work curriculum that develops skills and increases involvement within their communities. The charity also supports children and young people, for whom mainstream education is not working.  So this organisation would be a great first step for both the young person themselves and for parents.  To find out more you can phone on 01278 722100 or go to the website for ‘Young Somerset’, www.youngsomerset.org.uk. And for an even more local organisation there is ‘The Space’, which has as its remit:- ‘preserving and protecting the mental health of children and young people living or who are educated in the Cheddar Valley area’. The Space offers a range of services, including a helpline on 07940 177 399, counselling and activities for children & young people, including in the school holidays. For more information go to The Space, www.thespacesomerset.org.uk. Another local charity, formed out of a personal tragedy is ‘In Charley’s Memory’, as follows:-  Charley struggled with his mental health throughout his adolescence and in 2014 it all became too much and Charley took his own life. The impact of Charley’s death was felt across the whole community. Charley’s mum wanted to raise awareness of what he went through, in the hope it would encourage more young people to talk about their own struggles. This charity offers counselling for young people and education for all. For more information go to the website www.incharleysmemory.co.uk and you can phone on 01278 557490.

Save the date – Wedmore Wellbeing Day on Saturday 17th September

We are delighted to be able at last to hold our second Wedmore Wellbeing Day on Saturday 17th September. This will help us find out about many aspects of optimising our wellbeing. We have been delighted with the positive response from contributors so far, including many key organisations, eg Police, Fire Prevention, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, pharmacy, dentist and more. There will be representatives from many of our local organisations, clubs and societies. There will be sessions on resuscitation and other interactive sessions on a range of topics. So there will something for everyone of all ages, to help inform and inspire our ‘Wellbeing’.