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Frome’s many community groups are poised to continue supporting Frome residents during the latest national lockdown, announced on Monday night, due to the pandemic.  

Frome Town Council say, “Many of the groups who were actively supporting residents in the first lockdown continue to have systems in place to support residents. 

“Somerset County Council now have a Covid support line which is running 7 days a week which will signpost to services on   0300 790 6275, there is a central access to mental health support number providing a gateway to access all mental health services on 01823 276 892,  and of course the CAB continue to support online and over the phone. Health Connections Mendip continue to be well placed to offer support around health issues on 01373 468 368 and other local groups are continuing to offer support with their services.

“Fair Frome, our local food bank, will continue to support residents who need additional support with food and they can be contacted on 01373 488 578.  They are also restarting their ‘Food at Five’ event starting on 4th January at 5pm on Mondays at The Mount Community Hut, Wednesdays at the Frome Cricket Club, and Thursdays at Trinity Church Hall.  These hot, healthy freshly cooked meals are designed for anyone receiving benefits or on a low income. Social distancing is observed, and there’s a warm welcome waiting – just turn up on the day.

“Active and In Touch are ready and poised to assist where needed during this next lockdown.  Their befriending service will be running, offering a friendly voice at the end of the phone for anyone who needs some company.

“The Shop For Me service is also primed to support individuals and families who are isolated and need support around shopping. Their volunteers will be matched with those who are unable to get to the shops themselves if they are isolating or shielding. There is a team ready to answer emails, or you can call them on 07539 795261.

“Frome’s Community Drivers are also available to assist with picking up prescriptions or to help those needing to attend doctors’ appointments. Dougie Brown, from Active and In Touch said, ‘As we enter this next lockdown, we want to reassure those who are lonely or feeling isolated that there is help available. Whether it’s a friendly ear or to help with shopping. Most importantly, some of our most vulnerable members of our community will be offered the vaccine. Frome Community Drivers are available to safely help with transport to these vaccination appointments to ensure the vaccines are delivered to those who need it most. For help with transport please either call 07596 591391 or email us at Active and In Touch, where we will be assisting with the arrangements:’

“Alternatively, you can call Frome Town Council on 01373 465757 and they will continue to signpost residents to services.”

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