Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Young people pioneer groundbreaking initiative

Eleven inspirational projects for young people across Somerset are benefiting from a £50,000 partnership fund aimed at improving lives in the county. Members of Somerset Youth Parliament were trained to decide on competing funding bids, pioneering a move to put young people at the heart of the project. Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill […]

Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities – inspectors need parents’ views

Are you a parent carer of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability? Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and CQC (Care Quality Commission) are currently undertaking a joint inspection of SEND Services in Somerset, referred to as the Local Area. They will be visiting Somerset next week, starting Monday, […]

Early help to support families

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

Need some extra help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

Young Care Leavers get a taste of the world of work

Young people leaving local authority care got a taste of the world of work after recently taking part in a number of work experience opportunities across the county during Somerset County Council’s first ‘Trade Taster Week’. The sessions were all hands on and gave the young people a chance to experience a variety of job […]

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Work on a new £21m special school in Somerset is progressing well with the aim of completion in January 2021. And spectacular aerial footage of the Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater shows the shape and scale of the Somerset County Council project that is part of a wider programme to boost provision for children […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

It’s OK to ask for help

“It’s ok to ask for help” – that’s the message from organisations and agencies across Somerset who have a part to play in supporting children and families. It’s not unusual for many families to find themselves struggling at some stage. And, it’s important that those families feel confident enough to come forward and ask for […]

Make your voices heard, young people in Somerset are urged

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is now underway as young people aged 11-18 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, which is supported by Somerset County Council is promoting the UK-wide Make Your Mark project which aims to highlight the big issues for […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]