Apply for Support

If you wish to make an application to STAR please download the STAR Application Form and email it to or post it to STAR, PO Box 5176, Shepton Mallet, BA4 9DD

STAR supports children and young people aged between 5 and 25 designated as “in need” within Somerset.  We support those who:

  • Are in care
  • Are care leavers
  • Have a disability
  • Are experiencing inadequate parenting
  • Have behaviour that can present significant difficulties
  • Are experiencing discrimination
  • Have circumstances that prevent them from experiencing a range of activities and opportunities available to other children and young people of a similar age
  • Are living in an environment that is threatening to their health and development
  • Are in need of therapeutic support
  • Are at risk off offending and criminal behaviour


The types of activities that STAR will consider providing assistance towards include:

  • Music and art lessons, sports clubs and coaching and drama and dance classes
  • Purchase and hire of musical instruments, art and sports equipment
  • Transport costs and entrance fees where related to a proven interest or pursuit
  • Recreational activities that provide positive childhood experiences


 We have established a pattern of horse riding lessons at 2 week intervals , currently on Friday afternoons while James is at school in the morning only.  He is still very keen on riding and has a very tender relationship with the horse “I tell him all my secrets”. The instructor is pleased with Jame’s progress and his willingness to learn both the skills and the terminology.  Please keep supporting James.

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