Category Cllr Tessa Munt

Young people urged to have their say on Somerset’s transport future

Somerset County Council has launched a survey to capture the views of young people across the county on the future of transport. The survey was complied with the help of the Somerset Youth Parliament and their deputies who belong to the UK-wide group representing the voices of young people. The survey is on Somerset’s Commonplace […]

Ambitious plans to transform education in Somerset

Ambitious plans to transform education and drive improvements in Somerset schools have been unveiled. Somerset County Council’s new five-year education strategy was shared with professionals from across schools, local authorities, Ofsted and the Department for Education at the Somerset Education for Life event, held at Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton yesterday (21 March) The […]

Stopping child sexual abuse is in our hands

Child Protection professionals in Somerset unite today on 18 March for Stop Child Exploitation Day 2023, joining the national #HelpingHands campaign to #EndCSEin23. Professionals across the county have shared their pledges to end child exploitation in the following video, which has been shared on social media. SOMERSET SAYS NO TO CHILD EXPLOITATION – YouTube Stop […]

Social work training programme offers £19,833 tax-free bursary

Step Up to Social Work is an intensive, 14-month full-time programme for people who want to become social workers, but do not have a degree in social work.  The application window closes at noon on Friday 24th March The Department for Education covers the cost of university tuition and provides a tax-free bursary of £19,833 paid […]

Fostering books start countywide library tour on World Book Day

Six inspiring books start a tour around Somerset Libraries on World Book Day,  raising awareness of the importance of foster carers.  The tour, which begins on Thursday 2nd March at Taunton Library and moves to 11 more local libraries, is part of a Somerset County Council campaign to draw attention to the growing need for […]

Could you support a child in care in Somerset? Route1 Advocacy in need of new volunteers

More volunteers are needed to help children in care and act as a significant someone in their lives. For many children in care, everyone who features in their day-to-day lives is part of the care system. Somerset County Council’s Route1 Advocacy service is seeking Advocates and Independent Visitors in both short and long term roles […]

Have your say in the School Term Dates and Holidays Consultation  

Somerset’s residents have been invited to have their say on proposed school holiday, term and staff training dates for Voluntary Controlled and Community Schools for the next two years.   Somerset County Council has published two separate consultations: one for the 2024/25 academic year and one for the 2025/26 academic year. Both consultations are open to the […]

Do you have what it takes to “Step Up” to social work in Somerset?

It takes a special person to “step up” to social work – are you that person? Somerset County Council is looking for the right people to start a challenging and rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children and families. Somerset’s ‘Step Up to Social Work’ programme offers a unique opportunity to […]

Bear trail and other free fun activities at Taunton library this half-term

A variety of bear-themed family games, activities and competitions are planned atTaunton Library during February Half Term (11-18 February), inspired by Fostering InSomerset’s latest TV campaign: Anna’s Story. The week offers something for all ages, with activities such as craft sessions, Legoplay, and story-times running alongside a week-long treasure trail. The activities are part of […]

a young female child wearing a red back pack, holding hands with a female adult

Somerset: Let’s Connect for Children’s Mental Health Week 

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (6-12 February), Somerset County Council is sharing some simple tips to encourage parents and carers to consider how they can help children to build meaningful connections as part of this year’s ‘Let’s Connect’ theme.