Regulators and Commissioners
Care Quality Commission
CQC South West
Newcastle upon Tyne
Somerset County Council Social Services
Social Services Department
Somerset County Council
NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board
Local NHS Hospital
Taunton & Musgrove NHS Trust
Musgrove Park Hospital
Advice and Advocacy
The Health and Social Care Ombudsman
0300 061 0614
Age UK Somerset
0300 123 2224
An Adult Social Care (Social Services) help and information line, Somerset Direct have considerable experience and will be able to provide links to the right people.
PO Box 8
0300 303 3858
0333 150 3456
Citizens Advice Bureau Taunton
Age UK and Care Aware are always available to support and give advice. They provide a charity run advocacy service and have considerable experience and knowledge of the rights and needs of the elderly. Chelston Gardens would be happy to help to arrange an Age UK or Care Aware advocate for you.
We have developed national and local partnerships with organisations who, alongside us, support older people living independently in their own homes. As well as advice, help and assistance, some of these groups provide a social network for meeting people.
Reminiscence Learning is a Wellington-based charity that runs sessions and training workshops specialising in dementia care, activity and reminiscence.
The Counting House
The Dementia Action Alliance
An national alliance that take action on dementia and works to build Dementia Friendly Communities.
West Buckland Friendship Club – Somerset Active Living
Run by: Dennis Cottle
Meets first Thursday of the month at 10.30am
Friendship Centre Taunton
Meets at Ruishton Village Hall on the third Thursday of the month at 2pm
Meets second Monday of every month at 10.30am
A brain injury charity – seek referal through your GP
Compass Disability Services
Dementia Somerset can signpost you to a number of local services who may be able to help:
Alzheimer’s Society Somerset
The Alzeimer’s Soc can signpost to you more local support
Meets every other Tuesday at 10.30am at St James Church Hall, St James Street, Taunton TA1 1JS
Wellington Stroke Club
Tel: 01823 663014 Contact: John Angus
Breathe Easy: Taunton
Meets at Taunton Baptist Church, Silver Street, Taunton, TA1 3DH on the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.