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In Somerset if you know of a local toddler group with excellent SEN provision, or a parent support group they may not be specifically Down Syndrome related but have good support provision, that you would recommend please let us know.

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Somerset Nature Connections

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Somerset Nature Connections

This is an opportunity for parents and carers to connect with nature.

The Somerset Nature Connections project aims to tackle some of the barriers that prevent people from experiencing the health and wellbeing benefits of Somerset’s spectacular natural environment. The project aims to help people to access these natural spaces, with a focus on supporting mental wellbeing as well as some physical activity.

We offer a supportive environment in small groups of up to 10 participants. Our participants are facing many life challenges including anxiety, depression and grief.
Many comment that joining our programme gives them a chance to get away from life pressures and open up to the positive experience of life that nature connection brings.

Potential participants can self refer using the link provided, or be referred by other organisations.

Our project is offered free of charge to participants and, if needed, transport can also be provided free of charge.

Sessions take place on the following days/locations:

Tuesdays 10 am-2.30 pm – Quantocks AONB
Wednesdays 10 am-2.30 pm – Mendips AONB
Thursdays 10 am-2.30 pm – Blackdowns AONB

I am one of the Project Officers for Somerset Nature Connections. I believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to offer the many benefits that nature connection can bring, in a warm, welcoming and supportive group.

Joanna Hicks

Website: Somerset Nature Connections

Email: snc@somersetwildlife.org

FaceBook: facebook.com/somersetwildlifetrust/

Conquest Centre – Somerset

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Conquest Centre

Conquest Centre is a recognise alternative provider with Somerset County Council.

The charity offers disabled riding and person-centred therapy working with nature and small animals to improve physical and mental health.

We are based in 20 acres of wonderful farmland and have horses, donkeys, goats, sheep and chickens.

Facilities include:

  • 2 covered riding arenas and hoist
  • Woodland trail and forest school
  • Sensory room open to all
  • Cabins and yurt for quiet work
  • Playpark with accessible equipment
  • Gym and art room
  • Changing Places wet room
  • Cafe run by Foxes Academy

Conquest Centre was founded in 1965 as a disabled riding centre. In recognition of the increased local demand for broader person-centred therapy, the centre has progressed to become an enlightened therapy centre catering for the many complex needs.

Everyone is welcome to Conquest Centre regardless of age and with or without a referral. Most of our facilities are open to the public and offer peaceful non-judgmental settings that can be hard to find in public areas. We work in support of the whole family.

Website: Conquest Centre

Email: info@conquestcentre.org.uk

FaceBook: facebook.com/ConquestCentre

Contact:
Conquest Farm
Norton Fitzwarren
Taunton, Somerset TA2 6PN

Community Inclusion and Activity Team – Somerset

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Community Inclusion and Activity Team

We can signpost children and young people with a disability or additional need too many opportunities to access regular clubs and activities in the school holidays. We offer some of these activities ourselves and we work with many other organisations who offer great activities too. We cover the whole of Somerset and our teamwork directly with referred families to offer support, information and guidance, as well as offering activities and clubs. We are part of the wider Children With Disabilities Team.

If your child / young person has the following: –

  • A diagnosed disability or is undergoing diagnosis</li
  • An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • In receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) / PIP

You can refer to the Community Inclusion and Activity Team for time-limited support for your family to help with information, advice and signposting and possible funding to help you to access local opportunities.

Website: Community Inclusion and Activity Team

Contact:
B1 West Smart Office
County Hall
Taunton
TA1 4DY

Escape – Somerset

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Escape

We hold a combination of regular activities, day trips, annual specials, one-offs and carer’s events. All activities, day trips and events are subsidised by ESCAPE and where possible transport is provided, including wheelchair accessible coaches if required. We strive to ensure that everything that we do is open to all.

Please take a look at their website for details of any events.

Website: Escape

Contact:
Unit H, Creech Business Park
Mill Lane
Creech St Michael
Taunton
TA3 5PX

Tel: 018 234 4216

Email: 

This group provide accessible breaks and outings for stressed families

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Blossom in Somerset

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Blossom in Somerset

Blossom in Somerset provides opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to meet people and participate in new and fun activities in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.
Blossom in Somerset offers a varied and exciting timetable of both stimulating and relaxing activities which are client led and suitable for the majority of disabilities. The activities are designed to improve social and communication skills and promote self-confidence.

Blossom runs Monday to Friday 10.30-4 (3.30 on Fridays).

Website: Blossom in Somerset

Contact:
Community Hall at the baptist church
St Marys Street
BRIDGWATER,
TA6 3EQ

Email: 

​Blossom has a lovely friendly environment and do lots of fun and different activities. My daughter attends two days a week and is always excited to go and see her friends.
The staff are always helpful and friendly and i feel relaxed knowing that my daughter is safe and happy with them and at the same time learning new skills to aid her independence. 

JA

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