Sense-ational pop-up shop opens in Yeovil and is awards finalist!

Last year a Sational shop run by young people with stock created by pupils from special schools across Somerset opened in Taunton— now it’s happening in Yeovil.

The brain child of an organisation called, which represents Somerset’s special schools, the shop was a big success in Taunton and well received by the public, and now the project has now been chosen as a finalist in the Somerset Education Business Partnership Awards 2019.

It’s up for the Careers Inspiration in Education award at a ceremony later this month.

The Yeovil Sational pop-up shop opened on Wednesday, 3 April in the Quedam Centre.

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

Students are helped to set up the shop to sell their enterprise products, and they will manage it with support.

There’s a range of products for sale including:

  • Beautiful limited edition paintings
  • Homemade preserves
  • Handmade bags
  • Cards
  • Printed silk scarfs
  • Sweets
  • Plants
  • Coasters
  • Dog biscuits

Special Educational Needs Manager at Somerset County Council, Claire Merchant-Jones said: “This is a great initiative with all Somerset’s special schools coming together to provide their students with some valuable real-life work experience.

“The pop-up shop demonstrates the power of collaboration, enabling partners to provide more opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experience and skills for life.”

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

South Somerset District Council helped locate the premises in Yeovil and supported with the administration.

The Quedam Centre supported the project by leasing the premises for free.

The shop will be open for six weeks, until May 11th


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Notes to Editors

Photo attached shows David Woan, President of Yeovil Chamber of Commerce cutting the ribbon with a number of young people and photos of some of the produce for sale

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