Author Archives: Caroline Cook

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 […]

Could you be a Foster Carer for an asylum-seeking child?

We urgently need people who can offer a safe home to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Somerset County Council has accepted more than 17 unaccompanied children already and more are expected. Most of the children arriving in Somerset are aged 15 or older, travelling from countries including Afghanistan, […]

A Service Fit For The Future

Learning Disability services ‘will improve’ and ‘will modernise’ making it fit for the future when it transfers to a new Social Enterprise, Full Council heard today. A number of LD staff, service users and their families gathered at Full Council earlier today to hear Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr William Wallace, confirm that […]