Care Advice Line – is for anyone who is in care or a care leaver, or those supporting someone who is looking for help and advice. You can contact their friendly advice line. Freephone 0800 023 2033 / firstname.lastname@example.org Lines are open 10:30 – 3pm Monday to Friday.
Young Citizens Advice Taunton – is a project for under 25’s in the Taunton Dean area. They offer a free drop in advice service five days a week on all sorts of issues. Check out their Facebook for more information.
The Mix If you are aged 19 or over and would like to get some support you can visit The Mix, they have a free helpline you can call on 0808 808 4994, or if you prefer they also have a 1-2-1 online chat service.
A National Voice is an organisation which is run by young people who are in Care or who have been in care. www.anationalvoice.org
If you need to contact your social worker, IRO or leaving care worker but do not have their number, you can call the Bridgwater office on – 01278 447996.
aims to ensure that care leavers have access to the best possible life chances as they move towards independence.
They also run the National Leaving Care Benchmarking forum, its aim is to share best practice and promote the voice of care leavers, through the Young People’s Benchmarking Forum. For more info check out their website.
They make sure that children’s and young people’s welfare is put first. If you want to find out more about CAFCASS, the family courts, what will happen and who you will meet, you can visit their page cafcass.gov.uk children.
Childline is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. They are there to listen to you if you are worried about anything, you can call them any time on 0800 1111. Or you can visit their website www.childline.org.uk
work with and on behalf of all children in England to dramatically improve their lives. She does this by listening to what children and young people say about what matters to them and makes sure the adults in charge listens to their views. The Children’s Commissioner site can provide you with advice assistance and information on lots of things, like your health, rights and she will also help you if something goes wrong. www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk
IMO stands for in my opinion, and it’s somewhere that young people in care and care leavers can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff. Check out the IMO website here by following this link.
Taunton – 01823 357430
Bridgwater – 01278 447996
Mendip – 01749 822944
South Somerset – 01935 463942.
See Kooth – for their free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support
Cyberbullying is using the internet, email, online games or any digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else. If you feel you are being Cyber Bullied and would like some help, advice or support you can visit the Childline Website or you can also call their free helpline on 0800 1111.
If you are aged 19 or over and would like to get some support you can visit The Mix, they have a free helpline you can call on 0808 808 4994, or if you prefer they also have a 1-2-1 online chat service.
If you need to contact your social worker, IRO or leaving care worker but do not have their number, you can call the Mendip office on – 01749 822944.
Money for Life is a three-year programme inspiring a generation to make the most of their money. From empowering you to feel confident and start talking openly about money to providing high-quality training and crucial support systems; Money for Life equips 16-25 year olds across the UK with the knowledge, life skills and provision needed to manage their money. www.moneyforlife.org.uk
The National Children’s Bureau, is a charity which fights to reduce the inequalities preventing children from achieving their full potential. Their site is full of up to date information on current issues along with resources and publications. www.ncb.org.uk
call 01749 833801
Route1 Advocacy – SCC
PO Box 5176
Address for visitors to our main office
Mendip District Council
Cannards Grave Road
provides support to people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire B&NES, North Somerset and Somerset, who have experienced rape or any kind of sexual assault or abuse at any time in their lives. Their website list the different types of support they can offer as well as some really useful Self Help Guides that you can download.
have produced their own website to support everyone in working together to safeguard and promote the well being of children and young people in Somerset. It contains lots of useful information for children and young people, professionals and parents and carers. Have a look around sscb.safeguardingsomerset.org.uk
Somerset Partnership have developed a website for young parents, which offers help and advice to guide you through pregnancy and the first few years of your baby’s life.
If you need to contact your social worker, IRO or leaving care worker but do not have their number, you can call the South Somerset office on – 01935 463942.
Samaritans – A confidential support service for helping people to explore their options, understand their problems better, or just be there to listen. Call 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day 7 days a week).
SANE – SANE runs a national, out of hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. call 0300 304 7000 (6pm – 11pm, 7days a week)
Somerset Drugs and Alcohol Service – SDAS For help or support with a drugs or alcohol problem call 0300 303 87 88
is an NHS service for people of all ages living in Somerset for all contraceptive and sexual health needs. swishservices.co.uk
If you need to contact your social worker, IRO or leaving care worker but do not have their number, you can call the Taunton office on – 01823 357430.
Offers weight management, healthy eating plus physical activity opportunities throughout Somerset. Check out their website.