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Family Packs, Mental Health Support & Lots of useful links & numbers

  • The Pantry The local pantry network is an initiative for Somerset that started here in Sedgemoor. It is a partnership between the council, local community groups and food charity Fareshare Southwest. Local Pantries provide fresh and pantry / store cupboard food to their members for a weekly fee of £3.50.

New Local Pantry Opening 

On Tuesday 28th Feb, Victoria Park will be launching a NEW Local Pantry in Bridgwater. They are open to accept members and wanted to let you know in advance so that you may share with the families/individuals who you work with, that you think may be interested in a membership. Please note that membership is limited. It will be given on a first come, first serve basis. However, membership places come up regularly and a wait list will be set up if needed.

Pantry open times are 2.30 – 4.30 Tuesdays £3.50 a week – max 6 months membership

As with all pantry’s VPLP have a strict “15 min chill zone”. This means that members MUST live within a 15min journey of the pantry, so enable safe travel of perishable goods. Please bare this in mind when considering the pantry as an option.

  • The Happy Child App The Happy Child – Parenting App grants you access to cutting-edge research and tips that will help you raise a happy, well-adjusted child. Years of ground-breaking research and findings in Psychology, Neuroscience and Paediatrics have been curated into one easy-to-use app... for free (no in-app-purchases)!

  • My Family Coach We’re Here to Help We all have times when we need some parenting support. With My Family Coach, you get all the help you need. Our help and ideas cover every‌ ‌stage‌ ‌of‌ ‌your‌ ‌child’s‌ ‌development. We’ll support you through the tough times, inspire you with new ideas, and share practical tips to make parenting that little bit easier.

  • Village AgentsTalking cafe's - Free help and advice- find your local one

  • Mind in SomersetSupport with mental health

  • Mind calendarCheck out what, when and where Mind are running workshops, drop-ins etcetera

Emergency numbers: 

Non-emergency Police issue - 101 

Police if you feel at immediate risk/harm - 999 

Samaritans – 116 123 

Childline - 0800 11 11 

Somerset Mindline - 01823 2756892 

Shout – text support in crisis - Text 85258 

Somerset Direct (Children’s Social Care) – 0300 123 2224 

Out of hours Somerset Direct – 0300 123 23 27 

Online services: 

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Childline -  

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