Pop into Bridgwater shop and support young people’s valuable work experience



There’s an opportunity to pick up some unique gifts and support a valuable initiative in the run-up to Christmas.

A highly successful retail project, and involving pupils from special schools across the county is providing vital work experience for young people and next week it came to Bridgwater.

Finding proper work experience when you’re close to leaving education is vital for any student – if you’re a young person with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities finding that experience can be really difficult.

The Sense-ational shop is a unique business venture in Somerset, led by Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise (sen.se), with the support of charity Young Somerset and Somerset County Council. Sen.se is a partnership between special schools and specialist provision within Somerset.

The outlet first appeared in Taunton’s High Street last year, Yeovil’s Quadem Centre in April and Frome in June, now it’s opening in Angel Place, Bridgwater, on Thursday, 14 November.

Andrew Hanson, Somerset Education Business Partnership Manager ‘cut the ribbon’ .

The shops are being run by young people and the stock is created by pupils from special schools across the county.

Products range from gifts, ornaments, jams and upcycled furniture, to beautiful limited-edition paintings, cards, sweets and plants, silk scarves, lavender products, candles, bird feeders printed aprons, bags and mugs – offering some great ideas for your Christmas gifts

You can watch a BBC Somerset video here:

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.

CRESCO GLOBE LTD helped the team find the premises in Angel Place and The hub at Bridgwater have provided the space for the shop.

Submitted by Communications