Welcome to the South and West Somerset Branch

The branch is run entirely by volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families, and carers.


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About us

Welcome to the South and West Somerset Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND).

Run by experienced volunteers we are here for people suspected of or living with MND and for anybody affected by MND in South and West Somerset.

We do the following:

• We raise funds and provide funding, primarily through our grants programme

• We provide information and updates, face to face, emails, and our contact lists.

• We provide information about care and support options in the local area, this includes linking to our network of Support Volunteers and to professionals

• We provide support for people living with or affected by MND, primarily through our monthly support meetings and through our local Association Visitors.


Branch Support Meetings, open to anyone in the area living with or affected by MND, run on the fourth Thursday of every month from 2.00-4.00pm at West Monkton Village Hall Monkton Heathfield Taunton TA2 8NE)

Upcoming support meetings: 27 October, 24 November

Latest news

New appointments

At the July 2022 Committee Meeting Mike Price retired as Branch Chair after 7 years. Mike, who is also an Association Visitor, has agreed to stay on as a Branch Committee member. Jenny Golding is now the Chair of the branch having been a committee member for 6 years.

Lorna Chynoweth has also retired from her role as Branch Vice Chair but will remain on the she Committee, she has been a committee member for 14 years. Simon Garrett is now the Vice Chair.

June Appleton has retired as Branch Contact a position she has held for many years and has held various roles over the 28 years she has been a committee member. Carolyn Boley has now taken on the role of Branch Contact.

Volunteering opportunities

Have you ever considered volunteering with us? We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in any of the following:

• Supporting people living with or affected by MND

• Fundraising

• Getting involved in local or national campaigns

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For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262