Category Councillor Tessa Munt

School time capsule marks an eco-build first for Somerset climate strategy

Pupils from St Dunstan’s School in Glastonbury have marked a significant step in eco- building by burying a time capsule on the site of their new Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) base, the first of its kind in Somerset. The new ASC school building on the site of St Dunstan’s School is the first educational building […]

Award recognition for Somerset’s Leaving Care Team

Somerset County Council’s Leaving Care Team has been named as runner up for a prestigious national award. The team were named runners up in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) Awards, held at The Studio in Birmingham. SCC’s Leaving Care Team, who were praised in the Council’s […]

Could you be a Stepping Stones carer?

Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young care leavers.  Stepping Stones carers support young care leavers aged 16-21, who are making the transition from care to independent living, but are not yet ready to live on their own. This involves providing them with a safe place to stay, helping them gain important life skills […]

Care Leavers Week 2022 celebrated with art around identity

An exhibition featuring the work of young people leaving care is open at Taunton Library from this week to celebrate Care Leavers Week 2022.  Based around the theme of identity, the exhibition features art, photography, writing, film and more. Each piece of work has been created by a young person aged 16 to 25 who […]

Have your say on Somerset’s SEND strategy

Members of the public in Somerset are invited to have their say on a new draft strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The Somerset SEND Partnership, which includes Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and local education providers, have launched a consultation for the public […]

Somerset hosts trailblazing conference to tackle child exploitation

Somerset County Council hosted a trailblazing multi-agency conference in Taunton last week, sharing best practice on combating Child Exploitation. Guests included the NHS, police, social workers and Representatives from the voluntary sector. Somerset’s specialist exploitation Social Workers opened the conference, sharing their experiences of  working as part of a multi-agency team to help young people recognise when they are being used or exploited and how to find […]

Former Misterton School site given green light to continue supporting Somerset young people

The former Misterton school site has been given the green light to help up to 15 Somerset vulnerable children and young people improve their educational and life outcomes after a Somerset County Council key decision made today (5 August). Somerset County Council, in partnership with the Diocese of Bath and Wells, is working to support […]

Could you help a young person in their time of need?

Volunteers are needed to support young people in care, providing friendship and advice to help them through times of need. Somerset County Council is appealing for more Route 1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors. These are adult volunteers who help young people in a number of ways – from providing fun and building happy childhood memories, […]

£1,500 of vouchers awarded to creative writing winners and Somerset Schools

Three winners of the Fostering In Somerset Creative Writing Competition each scooped £250 in vouchers, as well as £250 in vouchers for their chosen school. Somerset residents of all ages were encouraged to write a short story of up to 1,000 words for Foster Care Fortnight in May for the chance to win a share […]

Thousands of Somerset youngsters set to benefit from summer holiday activity programme

This summer, thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals can benefit from free activities, fun and food during the holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project run by Somerset County Council and Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP). More than 60 venues across Somerset are offering activities including […]