Author Archives: Caroline Cook

The Little Moments that Make a Big Difference

Cooking together, first holidays and going to the seaside are all some of the first special memories foster carers and a former foster child have shared in a heart-warming video marking Foster Care Fortnight. Tommy Wardle, expressed his gratitude to his Foster Carers who he now calls Mum and Dad, for all the special moments […]

Celebrating the Joy of ‘Fostering Firsts’

Baking together, going to the seaside or enjoying a pantomime are all some of the first special memories foster carers are sharing during Foster Care Fortnight. Starting next week, Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 8 to Sunday 21 May) highlights more foster carers are needed throughout Somerset to help make a difference to the lives of […]

Sparky Gets Set for St George’s Day Mascot Race

Families enjoyed a day of fun and excitement yesterday (Sunday 23 April), when sporting and charity mascots from all over the South West joined forces in a very special steeplechase at Wincanton Races for The Children’s Brain Trust. Representing ‘Fostering and Adoption in Somerset’ was ‘Sparky’, Somerset County Council’s dragon mascot, competing with the likes […]

Costa Coffee Thanked For Supporting Fostering and Adoption

Last night (Thurs 20 April) Somerset County Council presented Costa Coffee with a special commemorative picture to thank them for their amazing support towards Fostering and Adoption in Somerset. Costa has provided space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out more about fostering and adoption in several stores across Somerset including […]

Nerf Blasting Fun In Street!

Children of Somerset foster carers were treated by Somerset County Council to an energetic day out on Tuesday (11 April), enjoying some Nerf Blasting fun in Street. Over 25 children met to have fun, running around playing games amongst neon-painted scenery and inflatables whilst enjoying spending time with other children from families who foster. “It […]

Choices for life – careers and options fair for young people with additional needs

A careers and options fair ‘Choices for life’ is being held this week to help young people with additional needs to make choices about their future. The ‘Choices for Life’ event takes place on Friday 24 March from 10am to 7pm at Yeovil College, Ilchester Road, Yeovil, BA21 4DR. Young people aged 14 to 25 […]

Taunton’s J25 Boost Welcomed

Somerset County Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council welcome today’s Highways England funding boost ensuring improvements to J25 of the M5 are given the green light. Funding to the tune of £4million from Highways England’s Growth and Housing Fund will enable improvements to take place at the busy motorway junction, improving traffic flow whilst creating […]

County Council endorses Wells City of Culture bid

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today gave its backing to the Wells bid to become the City of Culture in 2021. Representatives from Visit Somerset told councillors that the recently announced bid has already created a lot of interest and excitement and would benefit tourism in the city and beyond. Cabinet agreed to formally support for […]

England’s steepest A road reopens

The A39 at Porlock Hill has reopened, after an engineering scheme to resurface one of the steepest hills in England was successfully completed. The hill is reportedly the steepest A road in England and has a gradient of 1 in 4 (25 per cent) in places. Somerset County Council has improved the road by laying […]

Pride in Parenting – LGBT Fostering and Adoption Week

LGBT Fostering and Adoption week begins on Monday 6th March and Somerset County Council is appealing to people in the LGBT community who want to make a difference. Adopters and Foster carers can be from all walks of life. It doesn’t matter if  they are single, in a civil partnership, married or unmarried. They can […]