Category Families and Children

Your Somerset – Summer 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and  campaigns and projects that County Council and our partners are involved in. You can download and read the most recent edition of […]

Libraries invite: “Children – become a Wild World Hero this summer”

Somerset libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer and become ‘Wild World Heroes’, as part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2021. The theme Wild World Heroes was inspired by nature and developed in partnership this year with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and encourages 4-11-year olds to borrow and […]

Tell us your views on SEND services

Parents, carers, children, young people and practitioners are being asked to complete a short confidential survey to help shape services for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. Somerset County Council, together with NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Somerset Parent Carer Forum, are keen to hear views […]

New look, new chapter for Shepton Mallet Library

Shepton Mallet Library will reopen on 28 June, following its refurbishment to make it a more versatile community space. Somerset County Council has worked with Shepton Mallet Town Council and 7 Starlings Community Interest Company to agree a new model for the library, which will see it used as a venue for a wide range […]

Grant aims to tackle growing childminder shortage in Somerset

Somerset County Council is renewing its campaign to tackle a shortage of childminders across the county through a ‘Golden Hello’ grant worth £250.00. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen year upon year, in line with what is a national picture.  The number of registered childminders in the county has decreased by over 31% […]

Council invests in ambitious plans to support Somerset young people

An ambitious and innovative approach to improve the life chances of Somerset’s highest needs children was given the green light by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week (21 June). The ten-year programme will deliver a new way of working which will address the needs of Somerset’s most complex children and young people who are cared […]

Bold & Brave shop set to open in Somerset

A new shop which aims to help vulnerable young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Somerset. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se (Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise) and will be based at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. […]

Libraries launch audio explainer during Hi Vis fortnight

Somerset Library Service has developed an audio explainer which allows visually impaired people to hear about the inclusive services that are available to them. The audio is being launched on their website during Hi Vis fortnight (7-20 June), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading – this year’s theme […]

Child cancer survivor inspires Council Chair’s donation

The Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, has donated £1,000 to a charity after hearing about the child of a Council employee’s fight against cancer. The donation, issued from the Chairman’s Charitable Fund, was made to Musgrove Leukaemic Group, to benefit local children who are undergoing treatment for the disease. In an unrelated […]

Somerset young people invited to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Following the recent death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh Award team have set themselves a challenge to find 100 young people of any ability aged 14-24 to take part remotely in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Young people inspired by the recent media attention about the DofE […]