Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

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, […]

New £3 million education facility for vulnerable pupils opens its doors

Pupils and staff at a purpose-built school for vulnerable young people in Somerset celebrated its official opening this week. Work on the new £3 million Tor School, a Pupil Referral Unit and Medical Tuition Centre  in Glastonbury, was completed earlier this year and it is now fully operational. Pupils and staff welcomed visitors for a […]

Ryan is a national champion for work supporting vulnerable children

  A Somerset teenager has scooped a national award for championing an app for the County Council that helps alleviate young people’s anxiety. Ryan Leakey was crowned Mind of My Own(MOMO)champion of the year for his role in supporting the use of the app within the Council’s Children’s  Services at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. […]

Team up for award after app puts vulnerable children in control

Somerset County Council’s use of a new piece of technology that helps alleviate young people’s anxiety has put it in line for a national award. Mind of My Own is an app used by children in care, care leavers and their social workers to share good news and sort out problems. It allows children to […]

Blackdown Youth Club achieves quality award

A popular youth club near Taunton run by community volunteers has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Blackdown Youth Club in Corfe, now in its fourth year, offers a range of activities as well as exploring topics like healthy eating and social media safety. The club provides a safe and relaxed place for […]

Somerset volunteers encouraged to consider fostering

The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) volunteer service is joining forces with Somerset County Council’s Fostering Team to help the search for more foster carers in Somerset. This year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign (14 – 27 May) will not only focus on the urgent need for Somerset based foster carers, but also […]

Pilton Youth Club achieves quality mark

  A popular youth club serving a rural community in Mendip has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Pilton Youth Club offers young people from Pilton and the surrounding area a safe and relaxed environment to socialise and unwind in with their friends.  The club offers a range of activities and opportunities such […]

New Regional Adoption Agency will reduce waiting times for children awaiting adoption

Local authority adoption services in Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset are joining forces to become a single regional adoption service, under the banner Adopt South West. The move, required by the Government, is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. […]

Costa Coffee Supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Somerset County Council’s Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Service is teaming up with Costa Coffee, to help the search for Foster Carers and Adopters. The coffee chain is, once again, supporting the cause as part of its Project Inspiration Community Initiative. They are providing space, time and refreshments for people to come together to find out […]