Charities

WORKERS’ EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATION

The Castle Cary branch of the WEA provides adult education through evening courses and day schools held locally. Contact (01749) 860313 or see www.wea-sw.org.uk

ACTION FOR CHILDREN

Fundraising to support the work of Action for Children (formerly National Childrens’ Homes). Contact Susie Simmons, (01963) 351554; mark-susie.simmons@virgin.net.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

Assisting those with alcohol-related problems. Weekly ‘open meeting’, Saturdays 7.30 pm in the Methodist Schoolroom. Contact Mr Mark Jales, (01963) 359298 or (07913) 547129.

ANSFORD & CARY TRAIDCRAFT SALES

We supply fairly traded goods at Coffee Mornings and once a month Farmers’ Market.  We hold a tuckshop twice a month at Ansford Academy. Contact Mrs Marilyn Simcox, (01963) 351751, marilynsimcox@yahoo.com.

ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY

Singing for the Brain for people living with dementia. Contact Mrs Jill Lock, Magnolia House, 56 Preston Road, Yeovil. BA20 2BN

Tel: 01935 473597. southandeastsomerset@alzheimers.org.uk Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk

BALSAM CENTRE

The Balsam Centre is owned and managed by a charity (Wincanton Community Venture) set up by local people with the aim of supporting the health and wellbeing of people living in Wincanton, Castle Cary, Bruton and the surrounding area. It provides a range of services and activities that are easy to access, enjoyable and have lasting benefits. The centre is a friendly, vibrant space where many people come every day for meetings, activities and creative or quiet time. For full details of what’s on, visit www.balsamcentre.co.uk or contact us if you would like to volunteer: (01963) 31842, info@balsamcentre.org.uk.

BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION

Contact Sue Pexton, (01963) 350022, johnwade@btinternet.com.

CARYMOOR ENVIRONMENTAL TRUST

Carymoor Environmental Trust is an environmental education and nature conservation charity based next to the Dimmer landfill site. School or group visits can be arranged by appointment. Contact (01963) 350143 or email info@carymoor.org.uk.

www.carymoor.org.uk

CHRISTIAN AID

We raise money for Christian aid through coffee mornings, concerts, house-to-house collections and street collections during Christian Aid Week. Contact Mrs Marilyn Simcox, (01963) 351751, marilynsimcox@yahoo.com. www.christianaid.org.uk

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Contact Mrs Ann Webster, (01963) 350182, puglet@mypostoffice.co.uk. www.guidedogs.org.uk

MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

We focus mainly on fund-raising, but also have an interest in participating in community events and in historical aspects of Macmillan. Contact Mr David Gee, (01963) 359027, d.gee@homecall.co.uk.

NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION

Contact Mrs June Hopton, (01963) 350279. www.blood.co.uk

RED CROSS

Contact Mr Philip Rowe, (01963) 350830.

SOMERSET SIGHT

Providing support services for individuals with visual impairment. Contact Mr Tom Winsborough, (01823) 333818, tom@somersetsight.org.uk. www.somersetsight.org.uk

ST MARGARET’S HOSPICE

Available for talks on St Margaret’s Hospice in Yeovil. Contact Mrs Sue Medlicott, (0845) 3459671, fundraising@st-margarets-hospice.org.uk. www.st-margarets-hospice.org.uk

TOOLS FOR SELF-RELIANCE

Contact Mr Amon Cohen, (01963) 350248, amon.cohen@travelword.com. www.tfsr.org

YEOVIL SHOPMOBILITY

Our scheme provides powered scooters as well as manual wheelchairs to enable people with limited mobility to shop and use leisure facilities in the Yeovil area. Contact Mr Chris Newman, (01935) 420889, yeovil@shopmob.eclipse.co.uk. www.yeovilshopmobility.co.uk