Pop-up shop is Sense-ational addition to High Street

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Alex Browne, Connor, Eve Oldham, Josie Rendell and Olivia Darch

A Sense-ational seasonal business venture involving pupils from special schools across the county has popped-up in Taunton.

 If you’re in the market for some beautiful Christmas gifts, check out the Sense-ational Shop now open on Taunton’s High Street, supported by Somerset County Council.

It’s run by young people and all the stock has been created by pupils from special schools across the county – whether it’s festive gifts, decorations, ornaments, jams or beautiful works of art.

The project is being led by Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise (sen.se), with the support of charity Young Somerset. Sen.se is a partnership between all special schools and specialist provision within Somerset.

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The shop is the culmination of long-term work with special schools to provide young people with employment experience.

 It’s the first of a series of outlets that will be popping up all over Somerset. The next venture is expected to be in Yeovil in April.

 Taunton Deane Borough Council helped the team find the premises and provided administrative support and agents Humberts negotiated with the landlord to provide the space for free.

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Taunton’s Mayor, Councillor Catherine Herbert, was on hand to cut the ribbon this week and officially open it.

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Frances Nicholson said: “This is a fantastic initiative with all Somerset’s special schools coming together to provide their students with some valuable real-life work experience.

 “They are selling a wide range of goods to the public that are made in the schools by the students themselves.

“Congratulations and thanks to everyone concerned, and I hope it is a great success.”

 The shop will be running every weekday from 10.00 am to 2.30pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm up to the end of term.

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