Author Archives: Caroline Cook

It’s a fair cop – Police pitch in to help Foster Children

Bridgwater Police came to lend a hand at a fostering ‘Getting to Know You’ day, for ‘looked after’ children and their Foster Carers. Community Support Officers treated everyone to a play session in the police car, let the children dress-up with real police helmets and even try out the siren. The event, hosted at Spaxton […]

Be a Dragon at Somerset SOUP

Somerset’s business community is being invited to come and be dragons as four Somerset entrepreneurs present their pitches at a Somerset SOUP event next month. The four businesses have been chosen to pitch their idea with the chance of winning a package worth £1,000. They will be competing against each other, delivering a 4 minute […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2018 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater and Taunton. Around 350 children and teenagers were recognised for their efforts over two award ceremonies, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people were […]

Somerset Brownie wins prize for fostering poster

A brownie from North Petherton has won a poster competition, with a design encouraging more people to consider fostering in Somerset. Nine year old Grace Pear, from the 1st North Petherton Brownies, won outdoor clothing and equipment for herself and her pack for her ‘Make a Difference’ fostering poster. She was presented with her prize, […]

Silhouettes in Somerset to mark World War One centenary

Communities can now apply for fully funded grants to purchase silhouettes to remember and reflect on those who went to war and did not return, thanks to a new programme from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust. With the centenary of the end of World War One approaching, communities across the United Kingdom are thinking about […]

Somerset volunteers encouraged to consider fostering

The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) volunteer service is joining forces with Somerset County Council’s Fostering Team to help the search for more foster carers in Somerset. This year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign (14 – 27 May) will not only focus on the urgent need for Somerset based foster carers, but also […]

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. […]

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 14 – 27 May 2018, to […]