Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

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 […]

Contractor agreed for school expansion

The £9 million expansion of a Taunton special school took a major step forward today after Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed a contractor. Last month, a planning application was submitted for an expansion to Selworthy School, which currently caters for both primary and secondary school pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND). The new Selworthy School […]

Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

Council aims to tackle childminder shortage

Somerset County Council is launching a new campaign to tackle a childminder shortage across the county. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen dramatically year upon year, in line with what is a national picture. In response the Council has been working hard to boost the numbers and is launching a new initiative aimed […]

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 […]

Yeovil Town FC supports Fostering in Somerset

Yeovil Town Football club and Fostering in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 23 December, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the dragon and The Glovers’ mascot Jolly Green Giant, greeted enthusiastic young fans in the crowd with festive sweets and gave the Glovers a big welcome as they ran out to play […]

Caring at Christmas – Festive Fostering

Somerset Foster Carers have joined together, to create a blog on how to give a foster child a happier Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time for foster children and challenging for those who look after them. Experienced carers have shared some great ideas and photos in the blog, on the fostering and adoption website […]

Members of Youth Parliament at work in the Commons

Somerset Members of Youth Parliament debate burning issues for the young in Commons

Young people from Somerset have been to Westminster tackling key issues for their peer group – including the prospect of votes at 16 and cheaper transport. Supported by Somerset County Council, Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) Eve Anderson (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Kira Lewis (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) were among […]

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 […]