Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset Young Care Leavers are releasing a series of ‘Get to Know Us’ videos as part of National Care Leavers’ Week ((24 October – 31 October), in a bid to break down stereotypes and encourage people to consider using their spare room to help a vulnerable teenager. Young Care Leavers and Somerset County Council are […]

Get the Facts on Fostering – New Website Launches

Real life stories and myth-busting facts are at the heart of a new website encouraging more people to foster with Somerset County Council. Many people considering fostering think about it long before making an enquiry and do lots of research online. The newly launched http://www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk website from the Somerset County Council fostering service ‘Fostering in […]

Young people in Somerset urged to make their voices heard on big issues

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is underway as young people aged 11-17 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s three Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) have been right in the thick of the Make Your Mark project and they’ll be debating the top five […]

Feast of activities for children and families in West Somerset

  There’s something for everyone this summer when it comes to family activities in West Somerset. A programme of over 360 events for families and young people – many of them free – has been put together by the West Somerset Local Forum. This is a collective of voluntary organisations which provide support and opportunities […]

Look after your mental health – young people give their essential tips

Young people working with Somerset County Council have come up with essential advice on maintaining good mental health. Mental Health LifeHacks is an online resource for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing.  The project was supported by the Council’s Public Health team to ensure the resource was created by young people for […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2018 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater and Taunton. Around 350 children and teenagers were recognised for their efforts over two award ceremonies, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people were […]

Multi-million pound Special Educational Needs boost

  Educational opportunities for children with Special Education Needs in Somerset have had a big boost from Somerset County Council. A new £600k a state-of-the-art centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has now opened its doors in Taunton, while plans to build a new special school in Taunton (Hazelbrook Campus) and another […]

“Nationally renowned” Brookside Academy scoops top awards

A Somerset primary school has claimed two national awards from the prestigious Times Educational Supplement. Brookside Academy in Street won the Alternative Provision and Community & Collaboration awards at the TES Awards ceremony in London. The awards recognise its great provision for children with complex and profound Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities TES said that […]

Search is on for Somerset’s unsung heroes – can you help?

Do you know somebody who should be celebrated for their work with children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities and their families? Do you know a child or young person who has inspired you in the way they have overcome challenges? If so, Somerset County Council’s SEND Participation Team wants to hear from you as […]

Somerset Brownie wins prize for fostering poster

A brownie from North Petherton has won a poster competition, with a design encouraging more people to consider fostering in Somerset. Nine year old Grace Pear, from the 1st North Petherton Brownies, won outdoor clothing and equipment for herself and her pack for her ‘Make a Difference’ fostering poster. She was presented with her prize, […]