Category Cllr Frances Nicholson

Council’s £600,000 special educational needs boost

Education for children with Special Educational Needs in and around Yeovil is set for a boost as a major expansion project takes a big step forward. The Somerset County Council scheme will see a £400,000 expansion of a centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder conditions (ASC) at Preston School in Yeovil. The facility […]

Council-backed social work training scheme set for another record year

Graduates looking to make the move into children’s social work can join the latest intake on a successful the Somerset-led training initiative. The County Council is leading the regional Step-up-to Social Work scheme which aims to enlist a record number of people to switch careers in 2019 and become social workers. The Government-funded initiative enables […]

Government boost to social work recruitment

Somerset County Council has welcomed the news that up to 900 extra Children’s social workers will be created thanks to a £45 million cash injection. The Government is increasing its funding for the training charity Frontline so it can continue its work training social workers and helping to transform the lives of vulnerable children and […]

Somerset School Children win prizes for Fostering Christmas Cards

A seven-year-old from Eastover Primary School, has won a county wide Christmas card competition, for her design encouraging more people to foster children in Somerset. Pupils at Selworthy School won the over-12s category, and also a special group award. Phoebe Hilyer from Bridgwater was overall winner in a competition open to schools across Somerset. Selworthy […]

Somerset’s Members of Youth Parliament debate key issues in Westminster

Young people from Somerset have been rubbing shoulders with senior MPs in debates at the House of Commons. Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) Hanna Wittek (Sedgemoor & Mendip), Leonie Robertson (South Somerset) and Jago Yelland (Taunton Deane & West Somerset) met with elected MYPs from across the UK in Westminster last month to represent their […]

Pop-up shop is Sense-ational addition to High Street

A Sense-ational seasonal business venture involving pupils from special schools across the county has popped-up in Taunton.  If you’re in the market for some beautiful Christmas gifts, check out the Sense-ational Shop now open on Taunton’s High Street, supported by Somerset County Council. It’s run by young people and all the stock has been created […]

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 […]