Author Archives: Caroline Cook

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 […]

Young People in care bring beauty to the Brewhouse

Somerset Young People in Care joined forces with a group of South West street artists to create a beautiful mural at the Brewhouse Arts Theatre, Taunton. The Somerset in Care Council (SICC) is a group of 12 to 18 year olds, mostly in foster care, who give up much of their own time to help […]

Somerset Young People’s Forum is ‘Unstoppable’

Somerset Young People’s forum ‘The Unstoppables’ have been shortlisted by the British Youth Council for a ‘Celebrating Diversity Award’. The award is part of the national Youth Voice Star Awards, which will be celebrated on 9 November in London. The Unstoppables forum is a group of young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or […]

National Care Leavers Week – More ‘Stepping Stones’ needed in Somerset

This National Care Leavers week (25 Oct – 3 November) Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support care leavers as they enter adult life. Stepping Stones carers support young people with the challenges they face as care leavers and help them achieve their potential. The young people, […]

Congrats to Chairman Award Winners!

The Chairman of Somerset County Council has recognised the work of dozens of community stalwarts at an annual award ceremony. Somerset County Council Chairman Councillor William Wallace presented awards at Taunton Rugby Club last week (Wednesday 18 October) to over 35 individuals and couples across the County. Three Duke of Edinburgh Awards were also presented […]

New nursery comes to Neroche

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce the opening of ‘First Friends’, a new nursery facility based at Neroche School in Broadway, llminster An official opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday November 7 at 3.00 pm and will be attended by Gemma Verdon, Junior Member for Children and local County Councillor Linda Piggott-Vijey. The […]

Taunton Town FC supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Taunton Town Football Club and Fostering and Adoption in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 21 October, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the fostering and adoption mascot and Taunton Town’s mascot Wordsworth had a penalty shoot-out at the match, which Sparky won 3-2. Sparky and the fostering and adoption team were greeted […]

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 […]