On your marks, ‘getset’, go!

An exciting new approach to supporting families and children launches in Somerset this week.

‘getset’ is the County Council’s new name for Early Help Services – the help and support available to children, young people and families. It’s also a new approach to close partnership working, built on the principle that a little help at the right time in the right place can make a big difference

Children’s Centre Services for under-fives will continue, providing things like pre-birth parenting classes and health visitor support. And under ‘getset’ the help on offer will gradually expand to include support for anyone aged under 19 or with children aged under 19.

This extra support might be provided by the Council or by partners such as health, district councils and charities. It may be provided in a Children’s Centre or other venues in the community to make it easier to get to.

Whoever provides it and wherever it is provided, this support will be under the name ‘getset’ and closely linked with other help that is available. ‘getset’ could mean anything from benefits advice in Children’s Centres, to breast-feeding clinics in village halls and parenting classes in local libraries.

Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “getset will bring together lots of different support provided by lots of different organisations and co-ordinate it seamlessly under one name. What’s provided will depend on what is needed locally, but where people see the ‘getset’ logo they will know they’ve come to the right place.

“This won’t happen overnight, but as we get more partners on board we can help more people resolve small issues before they become big problems, and that can make a massive difference to families.”

Anyone looking for more information about ‘getset’ and what support is available can visit www.getsetsomerset.org.uk or telephone 0845 345 9122.

There are already examples of ‘getset’ style services in action and these are this is the sort of support that ‘getset’ aims to make available more consistently across the county.

  • The Williton Children’s Centre also hosts support from Jobcentre Plus and the St Loyes charity to help people get back into work.
  • Wellington Children’s Centre runs weekly Stay and Play sessions at Rockwell Green Primary School so it is easier for local parents to attend and meet other new parents.
  • At the Reckleford Children’s Centre in Yeovil, a midwife from the district hospital holds ante-natal clinics at the centre and centre staff and a health visitor run a young parents group offering practical support on subjects like parenting, housing, and budgeting.