Category Social Care

Could you help a young person in their time of need?

Volunteers are needed to support young people in care, providing friendship and advice to help them through times of need. Somerset County Council is appealing for more Route 1 Advocacy and Independent Visitors. These are adult volunteers who help young people in a number of ways – from providing fun and building happy childhood memories, […]

Celebrating Somerset’s Children Looked After and Young People

The achievements of more than 360 Somerset children looked after and young people in care have been celebrated at the return of the Annual Achievement Awards. Somerset County Council recognised 364 children and young people for their outstanding efforts following nominations from social workers, leaving care workers, schools, and other Children’s Services professionals. The entrants […]

New service announced for wheelchair and community equipment users

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset are launching a new Community Equipment and Wheelchair Service to help people live more independently.

Children and young people help shape the new Children and Young People’s Plan for Somerset.

Children and young people from across the county have helped shaped Somerset’s new Children and Young People’s Plan, providing a link between what children have asked us to do and partners strategic priorities. The Children’s and Young People Plan has been co-produced by the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership with children and young people and strategic […]

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months. Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund. […]

Have your say on Somerset SEND services

Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum are keen to hear from children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their families, professionals and health colleagues to help shape Somerset’s SEND services going forward. Anyone who has been in contact with Somerset SEND services (for whatever […]

Gifted Levy partnership helps care home apprenticeships in Somerset

Somerset County Council has linked up with one of the UK’s leading training providers and a fast-growing care company to help ease the industry-wide staffing crisis in residential care homes in the region. The Council is helping to fund the training of 14 new apprentices to support care home provider Harbour Healthcare. Harbour Healthcare has […]

Man taking part in dementia technology demonstration holding a paintbrush over digital artwork

Ambitious plans to transform dementia services in Somerset

Health and social care organisations in Somerset have unveiled ambitious plans to invest in services and transform care for the county’s 9,400 people living with dementia. Somerset County Council is working with the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and community and charitable sectors to redesign nursing and residential homes, and invest in new technologies and […]

Care experienced young people help shape corporate parents pledge

Somerset Corporate Parenting Board have unveiled a new strategy and pledge to Somerset’s Children Looked After, with the help of care experienced children and young people.  The new Corporate Parenting Strategy sets out Somerset County Council’s guidelines and aims as corporate parents, for how they will support young people in care to help them reach […]

Somerset Foster Carer celebrates 80th birthday and ongoing fostering career

A Somerset foster carer recently celebrated her 80th birthday – with half her life dedicated to fostering vulnerable children.   Rosemary, who recently turned eighty, has fostered children for the last forty years and marked the special occasion with a trip to London and surprise meal organised by close friends and family, including two ‘very special’ […]