Category Cllr Frances Nicholson
Easter activities return as Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset marks first anniversary
Thousands of children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will be able to enjoy free fun activities during the upcoming Easter holidays. Over the past year the Government’s Holidays Activities and Food (HAF) programme has given young people aged 5-16 the chance to take part in inspirational physical activities, enjoy a […]
Somerset Youth Parliament Election Results are in!
Three newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will now represent Somerset’s young people on a number of key issues including climate change, mental health, LGBTQ+, equality and safety. Joel Fowler, Jasmine Fowler and Roxanne Wylie will start their two-year terms of office in March 2022, with their campaigns running until 2024. MYP candidates attended […]
February half term food support to combat holiday hunger
Somerset County Council is once again working with schools to provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the February half-term. The Council has helped provide food vouchers to those children in need of support during the school holidays since October 2020, providing a much-needed boost to families […]
New Year, New Career?
Somerset residents have the opportunity to build a rewarding career and make a real difference to a child’s life this year. At the start of a new year, many people re-evaluate their lives and consider making changes – but many are unaware of the variety of paid full and part-time fostering roles available with Fostering […]
Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter
Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter. Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as part […]
Adoption Judgement Press Statement – November 2021
Somerset County Council welcomed a High Court judgment acknowledging that decisions made in respect of the adoption of ten children in Somerset were in their best interests and lawful, despite procedural irregularities at the early stages of the adoption process. The High Court considered in September whether appropriate medical information had been requested of the […]
Innovative venture to improve Somerset young people’s lives
Somerset County Council is leading the way and joining forces with new strategic partner ‘Homes2Inpsire’ in working differently to secure new homes for looked after children and young people. Following an extremely competitive procurement process, Somerset has secured Homes2Inspire, part of Shaw Trust – one of the UK’s largest charitable social enterprises – as its […]
Government advisers hear of ‘significant developments’ in children’s services
Improvements, investment and innovation in Somerset’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) services are continuing at pace with Government advisers endorsing progress. Government advisers from NHS England and the Department for Education met with Somerset SEND leaders recently (21 September) for the third time. Their report concluded ‘SEND leaders continue to provide robust oversight, with […]
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