Category fostering

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering

Come talk to us during Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May) and find out how you can ‘mind the gap’ between the high number of Somerset children we have in care and the number of foster carers needed. Somerset does not have enough foster carers to meet demand. We have over 500 […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her partner Liz […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people at.www.somersetcareleavers.org.uk which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]

Somerset School Children win prizes for Fostering Christmas Cards

A seven-year-old from Eastover Primary School, has won a county wide Christmas card competition, for her design encouraging more people to foster children in Somerset. Pupils at Selworthy School won the over-12s category, and also a special group award. Phoebe Hilyer from Bridgwater was overall winner in a competition open to schools across Somerset. Selworthy […]

A Christmas Card to help children in Somerset

Somerset County Council is launching a Christmas card design competition across Schools in Somerset to help the search for more foster carers.  Christmas is a particularly difficult time for children in care. Great foster carers can make their lives a little easier and help them towards a brighter future. Pupils are being encouraged to think […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset Young Care Leavers are releasing a series of ‘Get to Know Us’ videos as part of National Care Leavers’ Week ((24 October – 31 October), in a bid to break down stereotypes and encourage people to consider using their spare room to help a vulnerable teenager. Young Care Leavers and Somerset County Council are […]

Get the Facts on Fostering – New Website Launches

Real life stories and myth-busting facts are at the heart of a new website encouraging more people to foster with Somerset County Council. Many people considering fostering think about it long before making an enquiry and do lots of research online. The newly launched http://www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk website from the Somerset County Council fostering service ‘Fostering in […]

It’s a fair cop – Police pitch in to help Foster Children

Bridgwater Police came to lend a hand at a fostering ‘Getting to Know You’ day, for ‘looked after’ children and their Foster Carers. Community Support Officers treated everyone to a play session in the police car, let the children dress-up with real police helmets and even try out the siren. The event, hosted at Spaxton […]