Category Families and Children

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 […]

Your Somerset – Winter 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 the County Council and our partners are involved in. The Winter 2021 issue is packed full of useful information […]

Council funds free school meal vouchers for October half term

Somerset County Council will again be providing help to families in need of support over the October half term. The Department for Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £230,000 to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families, along with £57,000 from the Department of Health and Social Care’s Contain Outbreak […]

Survey launched to shape Somerset services and support for young carers

Young carers, and those who know them best, are invited to have their say in shaping and improving services across Somerset. Somerset County Council is inviting young carers, their parents/guardians, schools and other professionals working with young carers in Somerset to complete short anonymous surveys by Sunday 21 November in order to gain a better […]

Thousands of Somerset youngsters benefit from summer holiday activity programme

Thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals benefited from free fun activities during the summer holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project. The initiative is part of the Government’s Holiday, Activities and Food programme which has been designed to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and […]