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They’re back on YouTube! Trudy and Matt’s Fostering blog #3: “On fostering teenagers”

Somerset County Council Foster Carers Trudy and Matt are back with the third lively instalment of their YouTube fostering blog – this time, focusing on teenagers. Trudy Patch, 36, and her husband Matt, 40, live in Frome. They have three children of their own and were originally approved for 0 to 6 year olds, but […]

Parrett residents called to share their thoughts on life ‘round the River

What do you think is special about working or living near the River Parrett? Have you a memory, thought or picture of the Parrett? Somerset County Council’s Libraries Service and Theatre Mélange are urging local residents to share these in a one-of-a-kind creative community project. The ‘Out of the Mouth of the Parrett’ project launched […]

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Halcon Youth Club achieves quality award

The Halcon Youth Club in Taunton has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The ‘Safe and Welcoming’ benchmark scheme accredits the club’s safe practice and appeal to young people. To achieve the award the club had to build a portfolio of statements, policies, health and safety practice and building safety details. Cllr Frances […]

Big leap forward for new Kingfisher school

Moves to bring a new school site to Yeovil have taken a huge leap forward following a decision by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet today (26.09.16). Members unanimously gave Futures for Somerset the green light to build the new 14-class Kingfisher primary school in Lufton in northwest Yeovil. Futures for Somerset will be responsible for overseeing […]

Celebrations for adults with LD following major care home refurbishment

Adults with learning disabilities are celebrating major improvements to two residential care homes following major thanks to Somerset County Council. On Tuesday 4 October clients and staff at Selwyn and Russet in Yeovil will mark the refurbishment of the premises with a ribbon-cutting and celebration event. The work started around six months ago represents a […]

“Enchanting” theatre group to perform at Taunton Library

“There’s an opal on earth for every star in the sky. And the reason they’re hidden is because it would break everyone’s heart if they were out in the open.” PHOTO CREDIT: TRAVELLING LIGHT THEATRE. Somerset County Council’s Taunton Library will play host to an enchanting theatre performance for children and adults next month. South […]

**EVENT POSTPONED** Professionals urged to attend private fostering event

**This event has been postponed until further notice – we’ll publicise the new date soon!** Do you work in health, education or social care, or with children? Somerset County Council is urging professionals in these fields to attend an event about private fostering to find out what their responsibilities are to privately-fostered children. The event, […]

1st birthday party for Somerset Foster Carers

A voluntary organisation set up to give Somerset County Council Foster Carers a stronger voice has celebrated its first birthday. The Somerset Foster Care Association (SFCA) is run by carers and is working towards giving them greater influence over and input into the services that support them. It gives carers regular opportunities to come together […]

Don’t let the Bed-Rogues Bite!

Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service are warning of the possible dangers of buying a ‘bargain’ mattress. The warning follows a 10 fold increase in reports of mattresses being sold from the ‘back of a van’ since 2014. Complaints received by the service suggest that mattresses purchased from a man-in-a-van, which are often claimed to […]

£1million expansion of Taunton primary now complete

Families in South Taunton have been given cause to celebrate thanks to the expansion of a primary school in Somerset’s county town. Somerset County Council’s £1.1million scheme to bring four new classrooms – and 120 much-needed additional school places – to Holway Park Community Primary School in Taunton completed in time for the new school […]