Category Families and Children

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Bridgwater residents walk 27,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than four thousand parents, teachers and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, walking more than twenty-seven thousand miles between them. The giant game sweeping the streets of Bridgwater is being run by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Activity and Sports […]

Somerset school children set to help fight flu

Somerset County Council is urging all parents and carers of school aged children to return their flu consent form and help children become ‘flu fighters’ this winter. All schools should have issued information about the flu vaccination to parents and carers of eligible children and young people asking them to fill in an online form […]

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

Message of support to pupils and staff after difficult exam confusion

The achievements of young people in Somerset should not be forgotten in the confusion of the past week, says Somerset County Council’s Education Cabinet Member. On GCSE results day Councillor Faye Purbrick has sent a personal message of support on behalf of the Council to all students and staff after a rollercoaster two weeks during […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Funding means more of the right help at the right time for families

A £600k funding injection over three years from Somerset County Council and some great partnership working means more vulnerable families in Somerset will receive the help and support they need. The Somerset Early Help Fund has been launched and promoted by the Somerset Community Foundation in partnership with the County Council. It is working with […]