Category Families and Children

Minehead Library reopens after major refurbishment

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant refurbishment to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient. When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its […]

Win Somerset festival tickets with hidden pebbles

Somerset residents have a chance to win local festival tickets by finding branded competition pebbles hidden around the county.   100 Beach Pebbles have been hidden around Somerset as part of a fun competition to help raise awareness for fostering and Theo’s Story – a 40 second promotional video from Fostering In Somerset, currently shortlisted for a […]

New ICON training will save babies lives

Somerset Public Health has joined other organisations from across the county to promote lifesaving training which will save babies lives. ‘Babies cry, you can cope’ is a key message being delivered in new ‘ICON’ training which helps families create a nurturing environment and learn supporting comfort methods which can help soothe crying babies. Working with […]

Easter activities return as Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset marks first anniversary

Thousands of children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will be able to enjoy free fun activities during the upcoming Easter holidays. Over the past year the Government’s Holidays Activities and Food (HAF) programme has given young people aged 5-16 the chance to take part in inspirational physical activities, enjoy a […]

Somerset Youth Parliament Election Results are in!

Three newly elected Members of Youth Parliament (MYPs) will now represent Somerset’s young people on a number of key issues including climate change, mental health, LGBTQ+, equality and safety. Joel Fowler, Jasmine Fowler and Roxanne Wylie will start their two-year terms of office in March 2022, with their campaigns running until 2024. MYP candidates attended […]

Dragons and jelly? It can only be Dad’s Club

Taunton Libraries’ Dad’s Club is proving a popular event, giving dads the opportunity to have some fun and quality time with their children. At the most recent event, dads and children alike enjoyed activities including the painting table, rescuing dragons from the Jelly and the digital table to name but a few. In a survey […]

Record number of secondary school places allocated

Somerset County Council is proud to have another record-breaking year with over 98 per cent of Somerset young people waking up today (1 March) with an offer at one of their top three secondary school choices. Despite the largest number of secondary school applications ever received (4,866 compared to 4,654 in 2021), figures released today […]

Growing together to support children’s mental health

During this year’s Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February), Somerset County Council is working with ‘Young Somerset’ to encourage children to consider how they have grown, and how they can help others to grow as part of this year’s ‘Growing Together’ theme. Children and young people are coming through a period of unprecedented disruption which […]

New Year, New Career?

Somerset residents have the opportunity to build a rewarding career and make a real difference to a child’s life this year.     At the start of a new year, many people re-evaluate their lives and consider making changes – but many are unaware of the variety of paid full and part-time fostering roles available with Fostering […]

Ambitious 10-year blueprint for cycling and walking network in Somerset launched

Somerset County Council has unveiled plans for major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for Yeovil and Taunton are the first to be published – they’ll be followed by plans for Bridgwater and Frome and […]