About us

What is Somerset Big Tent?

Somerset Big Tent is a partnership of Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies. These are VCSE* organisations that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 8-18 in Somerset.  

 All services on the Somerset Big Tent website have gone through a quality and safety assurance process*, this means that Somerset Big Tent has met with each organisation and are satisfied with the key documents and information that they have provided us with. You can find out further information about this process here: Join the SBT.  

Why use Somerset Big Tent

  • Everything is in one place.
  • Accessible for all.  
  • Quality Assured. 
  • A wide range of support methods including online services. 
  • Up to date information including contact information and waiting times.
  • Options to filter by support need and area, tailored to your requirements. 

 

Somerset Big Tent is funded by the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group* and facilitated by Young Somerset.

If you would like help with finding the best support for you via the Somerset Big Tent website, you can visit one of the Somerset Big Tent Hubs or Talk to a Wellbeing Practitioner about Somerset Big Tent services.

Somerset Big Tent will soon be offering the option to talk to a Hub Buddy who can provide peer support in identifying the best solution for a child/ young person’s needs.

Somerset Big Tent operates within Somerset building awareness of children and young people’s wellbeing and de-stigmatising mental health, as well as working in partnership with GP surgeries, Schools and CAMHS* to ensure that they can recommend services effectively. 

Glossary

VCSE - Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations comprise of Charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Interest Companies which have social, charitable or community-based objectives.  

Quality Assurance Process - Organisations who wish to join the Somerset Big Tent undergo a Quality Assurance Process, organisations can be Quality Assured at either entry level or advanced level. You can find out more about this here: Join the SBT.  

Clinical Commissioning Group - Often abbreviated to CCG, the Clinical Commissioning Group support with funding hospital and community NHS services in the local areas what they are responsible to meet the need for the local populations.  

CAMHS - CAMHS stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, this is the specialist NHS service that supports young people with behavioural, emotional or mental health difficulties, including; depression, self harm, eating disorders, anger, abuse, anxiety and other difficulties.