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Our Information & Advice team are leaving the office & coming to where you are!

Where the Information and Advice team will be:

Throughout February, March and April our Information and Advice officers will be found in village halls, warms spaces, community hubs and libraries around Somerset and North Somerset holding outreach advice sessions. We will be there to give older people the information and advice they need!

No appointment is necessary.  The service is free of charge, confidential and primarily for anyone over 60 in Somerset and North Somerset as well as their families and those that care for them.  If we don’t know the answer we will know someone who will!

More dates and locations will be added very soon!

Click to email the Information and Advice team

Keeping Warm and Well in Winter

Keeping warm in winter is especially important as we get older as changes to our bodies often mean cold weather and winter bugs affect us more than they used to.

The good news is there are things you can do to stay warm and well.

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Supporting older people in Somerset and North Somerset

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Age UK Somerset is an independent local charity with the goal of enabling all older people in our area to live later life to the full. Whether you’re on a quest to live well into old age, going through tough times or struggling with the cost of living, get in touch. We're only a phone call away and we are here to help.

Our Services

Age UK Somerset's Services

Our Wellbeing Service is about ensuring that older people have the opportunity to lead the very best life they can.

Because growing older is a different experience for everyone, the Wellbeing Service offers a range of different elements - such as Walk and Talk, Wellbeing Friends, Friendly Phone Calls and Chat and Map - to help individuals feel less lonely, always listened to and given the tailored support they need to improve their quality of life.

The free elements that make up Age UK Somerset's Wellbeing service

  • Chat and Map

    This free programme offers a holistic approach to solving the issues that may be affecting the quality of life of an older person.  An appointment starts with a chat to help map what daily life is like for individuals and ends with solutions to make daily life better.

    Learn more about Chat and Map 

  • Walk and Talk

    Our free Walk and Talk programme is for older people who would like the company of a friendly volunteer to talk to during short walk each week, while enjoying the benefits that getting outdoors and being more active can bring.

    Learn more about Walk and Talk 

  • Friendly Phone Calls

    Our Friendly Phone Calls service is for anyone aged over 60 in Somerset and North Somerset who may sometimes feel lonely, isolated, or a bit low and would appreciate having a telephone chat with a friendly volunteer every week.

    Learn more about Friendly Phone Calls 

  • Wellbeing Friends

    Our free Wellbeing Friends programme is available for older people in Somerset and North Somerset who feel isolated or lonely but for whom our Walk and Talk programme is not the right solution. It matches a client with a volunteer who will visit each week for a friendly chat.

    Learn more about Wellbeing Friends 




Our other services

  • Information & Advice

    We provide a free information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. 

    We can help with lots of issues. Whatever your question call or email us and we'll try to help.

    Find out more 

  • Ageing Well exercise groups

    Promoting physical activity for mental and physical health and wellbeing, our Ageing Well service usually runs more than 150 exercise classes each week.  Some of our community classes have restarted, and we also continue to offer some online sessions for those who wish to stay fit at home.

    Find out more 

  • Dementia Services

    We offer support for people living with dementia in Somerset and North Somerset, their families and carers. We run weekly 'Memory Connections' (MCST) groups and we also provide Dementia Awareness Workshops.

    Find out more 

  • Help with Benefits

    We provide a free welfare benefits service for over 60s in Somerset and North Somerset. If you receive a state pension, we can check to see which benefits you may be entitled to and then assist with forms that need completing.

    Find out more 

  • Falls Prevention

    The effects of a fall on an older person can be devastating both physically and psychologically.

    Our Falls Prevention team provides special exercise sessions to improve strength and balance which have been proven to lessen the risk of falls.

    Find out more 

  • Toenail Cutting Service

    Try our Toenail Cutting service to help you to stay comfortable on your feet

    If you are over 55 and no longer able to cut your own toenails this service may be for you. Our trained staff provide a simple toenail cutting service, rated 'Good' by CQS, at clinics across Somerset and coming soon, North Somerset.

    Find out more 

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Our Guide to Later Life in Somerset and North Somerset

 

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We are delighted to introduce our second Guide to Later Life in Somerset and North Somerset, packed full of useful information to help you navigate later life.

You can view it online or download it

 

View the Guide to Later Life online

Download the Guide to Later Life (pdf)

 

Would you like to receive information from us in a different format?


If you need any information that we provide (factsheets, posters, leaflets, etc), in a different format, please contact us:

email: info@ageuksomerset.org.uk

Telephone: 01823 345610

Post: Age UK Somerset, Ash House, Cook Way, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6BJ

As part of providing documents in another way, we will need to send you messages or documents.   Please let us know how you want us to send messages and documents to you and which format you would prefer, for example large print or audio recording.

 

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75th Anniversary

2023 was Age UK Somerset's 75th Anniversary!

Throughout the year lots of events took place to mark this special occasion.

 

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Christmas Carol Service 2023

Our well attended Carol Service took place on Wednesday 13th December and was a joyous celebration of Christmas with performances from our Choir of Agels and the Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir.

 

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Our quality marks

Age UK Somerset has achieved the Age UK Charity Quality Standard (CQS).  The CQS is externally assessed by quality assessment experts, SGS.