Author Archives: Caroline Cook

Primary school admissions announced

More than 98 per cent of children in Somerset have been given a place at one of their top three Primary school choices this year, with more than 93 per cent securing their first choice. Figures revealed by Somerset County Council show that 93.8 per cent of 5665 children starting school in 2018 received their […]

New Regional Adoption Agency will reduce waiting times for children awaiting adoption

Local authority adoption services in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset are joining forces to become a single regional adoption service, under the banner Adopt South West. The move, required by the Government, is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. […]

Best Selling Author Comes to Chard Libary

Best-selling author and Somerset County Council Foster Carer Louise Allen is coming to Chard Library to talk about her inspirational memoir. Louise Allen will be talking about her highly successful debut ‘Thrown Away Child’ and how she got started as an author at a talk and book-signing at Chard Library on Thursday 19 April at […]

Costa Coffee Supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa Coffee, to help the search for Foster Carers and Adopters. The coffee chain is, once again, supporting the cause as part of its Project Inspiration Community Initiative. They are providing space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out […]

Poster competition launches to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a poster competition aimed at youth organisations such as Scouts and Guides, to help the search for more foster carers. Children and young people are being invited to design a fostering poster that will reach out to potential foster carers during Foster Care Fortnight 15 – 27 May 2018, to […]

Say ‘I Do’ in Somerset

Somerset Registration Service has launched a user-friendly new website to help people planning a wedding or civil partnership in Somerset. It provides everything couples need to create their special day. Somerset is becoming an increasingly popular wedding destination, with a wide variety of licensed venues. From converted barns to underground caves and unusual historic buildings […]

Volunteers step up to support Somerset patients

Quantock rangers were among the community-minded heroes this weekend, who joined forces with the Somerset County Council’s volunteer drivers and transport team, to help drive dialysis patients to renal units in Taunton, Yeovil and Frome. In the face of snow and ice, hazardous driving conditions and closed roads, every available 4×4 was sought by Somerset […]

Somerset School kids ‘foster’ awareness

Somerset school pupils have starred in a heart-warming video about childhood and fostering in a bid to raise awareness and help find more foster carers for vulnerable children in Somerset. The children from Holy Trinity Primary School, Taunton, share some of the happiest times in their own childhood in the video. They also reflect on […]

Somerset Foster Carer Celebrates Book Launch

A Somerset County Council foster carer is starting 2018 as a published author, with the launch of her inspirational memoir. Louise Allen, who was herself a child in care in the 1970s, writes about her harrowing childhood and why it led her to foster caring. After overcoming cruelty, terrible neglect and lack of education, Louise […]

Royalty comes to Countess Gytha School

Pupils and staff of Countess Gytha Primary school were very excited to welcome Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex, on a royal visit on Wednesday 1 November.  HRH received a rapturous welcome and was shown around the brand new school in West Camel, which houses staff and pupils from the former school site in […]