Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

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 comes to Bridgwater. Finding proper work experience when you’re […]

OT Week 2019 – Somerset’s Small Change Big Impact Stories

It’s Occupational Therapy Week (4-10 November), and we’re celebrating the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on the people they support. Here are some of our OT stories from Somerset about the impactful changes they make every day… Bob What was the challenge? Bob was living on his own with a […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Pupils and staff at village school toast £300k upgrade

Children and staff have been celebrating the completion of a new £300,000 extension and IT upgrade at their Somerset school. Thanks to a Somerset County Council-funded project, Milborne Port School has seen its roll increase from 180 to 210, with pupils now able to enjoy a state-of-the-art learning space. At the same time, the school, […]

Your path into social work with children?

Are you thinking of a career in Social Work? National Charity Frontline offers a fast track qualifying programme and is backed by Somerset County Council. It is holding a series of information evenings across the South West for anyone interested in moving into a career in social work to help transform the lives of vulnerable […]

Digital theme for Libraries Week

A care home visit and free virtual reality tours at Taunton Library are on the agenda in a bid to encourage people to get digital for National Libraries Week. The theme for this year’s libraries week, which runs from 7-12 October, is all things digital and libraries across the county will be offering a range […]

Online package to help children be heard

An improved online package to help children and young people make their voices heard has been launched by Somerset County Council. Building on an easily accessible toolkit created last year, Somerset Young People’s Voice is designed to give young people a strong voice when it comes to issues that affect them. The tools are designed […]

Education boost for Somerset as nearly £17m of school projects are completed

Somerset school children have started the academic year boosted by a multi-million collection of school new builds and improvements. These include the £8.5m Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School and the new £7.3m Nerrols Primary school, both in Taunton, and between them creating 500 new school places. The state-of-the-art new campus at Selworthy will offer 80-100 […]

Make your voices heard, young people in Somerset are urged

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Can you help support arts activities in schools?

Donations are being sought from businesses and residents across Somerset to support arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people. The County Council is backing local arts charity Somerset Partnership Arts Education Agency (SPAEDA) to unlock match funding from the Arts Council. The aim is to provide enriching, creative activities in schools for children […]