Category Families and Children

Team effort to support vulnerable families in summer holidays

Somerset is once again pulling together to ensure food is delivered to the most vulnerable families in the county during the summer holidays. Free school meals vouchers will be available for eligible children during the break following a recent Government announcement, and Somerset County Council is working with partner agencies and volunteers to support families […]

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 […]

Painting of Glastonbury Tor courtesy of Gill's gallery (Burnham-on-Sea).

Somerset celebrates care heroes during Carers Week

Somerset is celebrating National Carers Week this week (8-14 June) to raise awareness and celebrate the vital role Somerset’s estimated 50,000 carers…

Unsure about domestic abuse? #NoClosedDoors2020 can help

Not everyone recognises they are in an abusive relationship and may worry about being at home or wonder what they might get wrong this time. Victims begin to doubt themselves and believe the abuse is their fault – or change their behaviour because they are worried how someone at home or a family member might […]

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 […]

Somerset pharmacies offer a safe place for victims of domestic abuse

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]

Free train travel to help those fleeing domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is supporting a scheme which gives free rail travel to people fleeing domestic abuse. Under the scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’, train operators will cover the cost of train tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation during the lockdown. The financial barrier of travel is one of the many things that can make […]

Government proposals on staged return of early years and school children

Somerset County Council is currently working closely with education leaders following the Government’s announcement that early years providers/nurseries, schools and colleges may be asked to extend provision to more pupils with effect from 1 June. This step is conditional upon key indicators set by the Government based on the national COVID-19 situation. It applies initially […]

Pulling together to get food to vulnerable families in time of crisis

Struggling families in West Somerset are getting food delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to volunteers and community groups working together. Food parcels are being distributed to households in some of Somerset’s most deprived areas in a joint initiative involving volunteer groups, led by community youth hub Minehead EYE with the support […]

Young people helped to stay on course with DofE programme

Hundreds of young people across Somerset are being supported to continue their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities throughout the coronavirus emergency. The DofE Team, from Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education , is continuing to work closely with all the 58 Somerset schools and colleges, the children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) […]