Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Pilton Youth Club achieves quality mark

  A popular youth club serving a rural community in Mendip has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Pilton Youth Club offers young people from Pilton and the surrounding area a safe and relaxed environment to socialise and unwind in with their friends.  The club offers a range of activities and opportunities such […]

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. […]

Best Selling Author Comes to Chard Libary

Best-selling author and Somerset County Council Foster Carer Louise Allen is coming to Chard Library to talk about her inspirational memoir. Louise Allen will be talking about her highly successful debut ‘Thrown Away Child’ and how she got started as an author at a talk and book-signing at Chard Library on Thursday 19 April at […]

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 15 – 27 May 2018, to […]

We celebrate our dedicated and caring staff on World Social Work Day

  Award-winning members of staff are helping Somerset County Council highlight the incredible commitment of social workers this month. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the council’s work. And today, on World Social Work Day  (20 March) the authority will join the international celebration […]

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Westfield Youth Club achieves quality award  

The Westfield Youth Club in Yeovil has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The Westfield Youth Club is a vibrant and popular club for young people from Westfield and the surrounding communities.  It attracts about 30 young people each week and offers an extensive range of activities and opportunities such as sports, music, […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering and Adoption

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall to mark LGBT Fostering and Adoption week, beginning Monday 5th March. It’s a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her wife Liz have been fostering for six months and it gives […]

Secondary School Admissions up again in Somerset

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today. 97.5 per cent of children were offered a place at one of their top three secondary school preferences, a slight increase on last year’s figures of […]

Cash grants help West Somerset young people

Children and young people in West Somerset are being granted extra help to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Individuals and groups can apply for grants in an initiative which is part of the Government-funded and Somerset County Council-backed West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA). Sport, performance classes, music, gym membership or a visit to the skate […]