Category Social Care

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

Need some extra help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

OT Week 2019 – Somerset’s Small Change Big Impact Stories

It’s Occupational Therapy Week (4-10 November), and we’re celebrating the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on the people they support. Here are some of our OT stories from Somerset about the impactful changes they make every day… Bob What was the challenge? Bob was living on his own with a […]

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 […]

Your path into social work with children?

Are you thinking of a career in Social Work? National Charity Frontline offers a fast track qualifying programme and is backed by Somerset County Council. It is holding a series of information evenings across the South West for anyone interested in moving into a career in social work to help transform the lives of vulnerable […]

It’s OK to ask for help

“It’s ok to ask for help” – that’s the message from organisations and agencies across Somerset who have a part to play in supporting children and families. It’s not unusual for many families to find themselves struggling at some stage. And, it’s important that those families feel confident enough to come forward and ask for […]

Council backs Salvation Army social care report

Somerset County Council is welcoming a new report from the Salvation Army highlighting the urgent need to reform social care. The study – Care in Places – shows that there is significantly less money to care for older people who live in rural areas of England, such as Somerset. The Salvation Army is asking the […]

Fun activities and support for children, young people and their families

A FREE day of fun activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families takes place in Street next month, delivered by Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team. It will take place on Saturday 6 July at Brookside Academy, Brooks Road, with many activities on offer including: […]

Money

Somerset’s financial position strengthened

Somerset County Council today reported a substantially improved financial position in its end of year financial report. A combination of extra one-off funding, technical adjustments and savings mean the council has been able to increase its levels of general reserves by £4.2m to what is considered a prudent level for an authority this size – […]