Author Archives: Julia Richards

Rollercoaster Youth Club achieves quality award

The Rollercoaster Youth Club in Sydenham, Bridgwater has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The Rollercoaster Youth Club is an extremely popular club for young people from Sydenham and the surrounding communities. It is well attended and offers an extensive range of activities and opportunities, as well as a safe and relaxed atmosphere […]

Members of Youth Parliament represent Somerset young people at national event

Members of Youth Parliament (MYP), supported by Somerset County Council, travelled to Liverpool last month to spend the weekend debating issues of concern for young people in Somerset. The three MYPs, Eve Anderson (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Kira Lewis (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) attended the event which is hosted by […]

Sculpture donated to Frome Library

Frome artist and sculptor Kate Dixon has donated her latest sculpture, Monkey With A Book, to Somerset County Council’s Frome library. The nationally recognised sculptor’s last public work was a bronze sculpture for Kew Gardens, which was the first new commission by the Gardens in over 100 years. Frome library asked Kate to help decorate […]

Come and 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 package worth £1,000. They will be competing against each other, delivering a 4 minute pitch […]

Young innovators win digital making challenge

A group of young people have won a prize in Pioneers, a national competition, for their innovative digital creation using equipment and support from the Glass Box at Taunton Library. The digital making prize has been awarded by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based charity that supports learning about computer programming and digital making. They […]

Spiderman opens annual camping trip for children with autism

To the amazement of 35 children Spiderman opened this year’s annual CAOTfest, a Somerset County Council organised camping trip for children with autism and their families. The fun filled four day camping trip (1-4 August), arranged by the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), is a chance for children with autism and their families to have […]

New Carers’ Support Service

A new refreshed and modernised service to improve the quality of life for carers and former carers living in the county will be provided by the Community Council for Somerset from October 2017. The new Carers’ Support Service has been co-designed by carers and former carers and funded by Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset […]

Somerset libraries launch new ‘Reading Well’ book collection

A new, free book collection launches on Monday 24 July in Somerset Libraries to support people living with a long term health condition. Part of a national ‘Reading Well’ initiative, Somerset Libraries are launching the collection to provide people living with long term conditions, and their carers, with high-quality book based information, support and advice […]

Events to give a voice to parent carers

Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to events across the county to share their views, ask questions and find out more about SEND in Somerset. Taking place throughout June, parents can find out at the events how SEND services are delivered in Somerset. They can speak to volunteers and […]

New ‘drop-in’ opens in Taunton

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Taunton next week. The drop-in will take place at ASDA in Taunton (TA1 2AN) every fortnight on a Tuesday between 9.30am to 12 noon – starting on Tuesday 6 June. At the drop-in people can find information and advice on adult care and support options, […]