Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Foster couple shares uplifting story in Pride month

A young Somerset couple fostering two teenage brothers say parenting a family had always been a dream they felt they may never achieve, simply because they are the same sex. Tristan and Luke, a gay couple in their 30s, say fostering has opened up a new world of fun, love and a host of new […]

County Council provides free emergency PPE for Early Years

Free packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in emergencies will be supplied to Early Years providers in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Early Years staff use gloves and aprons in the ordinary course of their work and will continue to do so as normal. Current Government guidance is that an adult in […]

SCC’s Outdoor Centres provide vital support during pandemic

Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) are providing a haven for the county’s most vulnerable young people during the coronavirus lockdown. Kilve Court in West Somerset, and the Charterhouse Centre on the Mendips, have been opening their doors to young people most in need of a safe and reassuring space. Since 24 March, the […]

Callum makes his way in life after ‘foster carers really do care’

“Foster carers really do care” – that’s not a slogan or a soundbite, but the words of a young man who is making his way in life thanks to the support he received from Somerset County Council’s amazing foster carers. As the Council marks Foster Care Fortnight, Callum is sharing his experiences of life in […]

Somerset’s Mental Health Champions revamp Lifehacks for Coping during pandemic

Somerset County Council’s Public Health has been working with young people to revise the successful Mental Health ‘Lifehacks’ to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Originally developed as part of an emotional health engagement project with young people in Somerset in 2015, the set of tips were designed to […]

Appeal goes out for short-term foster carers

Somerset County Council is appealing for potential short-term foster carers to come forward to help children and young people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Recruits will help care for children looked after, aged 0-18, and will be provided with all the support given to mainstream foster carers including a supervising social worker and weekly fee […]

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 […]