A summary of some important services, groups and initiatives in the Frome area.
Frome Town Council hosts a wealth of support for community organisations; local community groups, charities, CICs (community interest companies), and parent/teacher associations.
Councillor Peter Macfadyen explains, ‘We know that many of the statutory services in Frome such as social care, support for older people and mental health are becoming more and more stretched. As a result, local groups in Frome are picking up a fast-growing demand for their services.
“We have, over the last five years developed a range of ways of supporting these groups to cope with this increase in demand and to enable them to be financial sustainable as the funding they have traditionally had from central and local government is withdrawn.
“We want to do more than simply increase the amount of funding available for local organisations. The support we offer, as well as funding, includes fundraising advice and support, training on a host of hot topics including data protection, first aid and the roles and responsibilities of trustees, and individual support for new groups looking to form in Frome.”
The Guardian recently featured Frome in their 'let's Move To...' series in the Saturday magazine:
"When the revolution comes, it will start here, a small historic market town deep in wildest Somerset. Frome’s got form. It rioted time and again in the 18th century when the wool trade slumped and the price of gruel skyrocketed. Nonconformism flourished. By the 1970s it had become one of those spots where hippies escaped the rat race, a utopia gently scented with patchouli oil. In 2015, it blew a raspberry at party politics, electing a town council entirely made up of independents. It is the capital of so-called flatpack democracy, grassroots DIY politics. You want community? You got it. You can’t pop out in your dressing gown for a pint of milk (organic, locally lactated, natch) without crowdfunding a piece of civic infrastructure. One newspaper called it the sixth coolest town in Britain. This does it a disservice. Frome is not cool (OK, maybe a little bit: I mean, the Foo Fighters did play a secret gig here). It’s just bloody great."