Author Archives: Caroline Cook

National Adoption Week comes to Somerset

‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. Somerset County Council has launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign to encourage people to either consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the urgent need for more adopters. Many people in Somerset […]

‘Have a heart’ for Children in Care

Somerset Children in Care have helped kick-start a ‘Have a Heart’ campaign in the lead up to National Adoption Week to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. ‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October and encourages people to consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the […]

Yeovil Library Turns 30

Yeovil Library is extending an open invite to join its 30th birthday celebrations next month. There will be special events and activities throughout Saturday, 9 September, with something for everyone to enjoy. Morning celebrations include a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland themed stories, games and crafts and a prize giving for the […]

Simple checks keep drivers on track

Somerset County Council’s Road Safety team and Highways England are urging drivers to use simple checks to help them reach their destination safely.  In an average year Highways England traffic officers will deal with 85,000 breakdowns; 40% of which could possibly have been avoided had the drivers carried out a few simple vehicle checks before […]

Somerset Care Council Leads The Way

Children in care and children’s services staff at Somerset County Council have been praised for leading the way in implementing technology to get young voices heard. Organisation MOMO (Mind Of My Own) was set up to help children and young people have a say in the care they receive. It offers a blend of technology, […]

Horse sense keeps Somerset safe

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is encouraging a little bit of ‘horse sense’ to keep everyone safe on the road. Supporting the British Horse Society’s ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow?’ campaign, they are educating road users on how to pass horse riders safely. Everyone has a right to use the road and a responsibility to […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2017 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. Around 320 children were recognised for their efforts, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people, spanning toddlers to young adults, were commended across five […]

Why it’s good to ‘Stay Put’

Foster Carers and the young people they care for are being encouraged to stay together longer, to help give young care leavers a smoother journey into adulthood. Brother and sister – Dale, 19, and Kaleigh, 17 – have thrived growing up with their Foster family in Somerset. In this short video, they talk about why […]

Young people help shape new CSE service

Young victims have helped shape a new £1.5m support service for children and young people in Somerset who have been sexually exploited. Somerset County Council is helping fund the service which will be delivered by children’s charity Barnardo’s. It is also backed by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and the area’s four other […]

‘Human Library’ coming to Bridgwater’s Quayside Festival

Bridgwater Library is looking for people to help it celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, nationalities and languages in the area. As part of the Bridgwater Quayside Festival on Saturday 29 July, Bridgwater library is asking people to come in to meet and chat with others from Bridgwater’s multi-cultural community. Maybe you would like to […]