Category fostering

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 […]

Open a new chapter in a child’s story

More than 500 children in Somerset need foster homes – and carers who could help change their life stories. As Foster Care Fortnight gets under way (10-23 May), Somerset County Council is appealing for more people to come forward and share their homes and lives with children who desperately need a new beginning. Theo’s Story, […]

From care to career – meet the Leaving Care apprentices

Leaving care can be tough – but a Somerset County Council apprenticeship scheme is helping young people use their own experiences to kickstart their careers. Four young people who have spent time in care have been recruited as apprentices with the Council’s Leaving Care Team and are currently combining learning with employment. For Ebony, aged […]

MBE for Karen, Somerset Foster Carer

Somerset foster carer Karen Deverell’s work with young people has been recognised nationally with an MBE in the recent honours list. Karen was with the YMCA for 25 years – 17 of those as  Chief Executive of the YMCA in Mendip and South Somerset. And her MBE was in recognition for her valuable service.  After […]

Search to find homes for Somerset teenagers continues during pandemic

More homes are urgently needed in Somerset to provide vital support to young people as they move from care into adulthood. Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ placements during National Care Leavers’ Week (26 October – 1 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care as they make […]

Rachel, 21, steps up to coronavirus fostering challenge

Faced with the uncertainties of lockdown during a pandemic, there are not too many 21-year-olds who would think about taking on two young foster children. But Rachel is different from most young people and has spent the past two months being an emergency foster carer to a two-year-old boy and his year-old sister. And the […]

Foster couple shares uplifting story in Pride month

A young Somerset couple fostering two teenage brothers say parenting a family had always been a dream they felt they may never achieve, simply because they are the same sex. Tristan and Luke, a gay couple in their 30s, say fostering has opened up a new world of fun, love and a host of new […]

Callum makes his way in life after ‘foster carers really do care’

“Foster carers really do care” – that’s not a slogan or a soundbite, but the words of a young man who is making his way in life thanks to the support he received from Somerset County Council’s amazing foster carers. As the Council marks Foster Care Fortnight, Callum is sharing his experiences of life in […]

Appeal goes out for short-term foster carers

Somerset County Council is appealing for potential short-term foster carers to come forward to help children and young people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. Recruits will help care for children looked after, aged 0-18, and will be provided with all the support given to mainstream foster carers including a supervising social worker and weekly fee […]

Virtual training for potential foster carers

Vital work to recruit new foster carers in Somerset is continuing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic thanks to technology. Somerset County Council’s Fostering service brought together 25 potential foster carers for a two-day preparation course using an online virtual platform that allowed all taking part to interact. The Skills to Foster course is usually run […]