Category Social Care

Over 60 per cent of calls resolved first time to keep you independent

More people are having their care needs successfully met on their first phone call to the County Council, thanks to Somerset’s innovative new ways of working. Around 60 per cent of Adult Social Care phone enquiries to the Council’s customer services, Somerset Direct, are now being resolved on the first call and on some days […]

Young People in care bring beauty to the Brewhouse

Somerset Young People in Care joined forces with a group of South West street artists to create a beautiful mural at the Brewhouse Arts Theatre, Taunton. The Somerset in Care Council (SICC) is a group of 12 to 18 year olds, mostly in foster care, who give up much of their own time to help […]

Somerset Young People’s Forum is ‘Unstoppable’

Somerset Young People’s forum ‘The Unstoppables’ have been shortlisted by the British Youth Council for a ‘Celebrating Diversity Award’. The award is part of the national Youth Voice Star Awards, which will be celebrated on 9 November in London. The Unstoppables forum is a group of young people aged 13-25 with special educational needs and/or […]

National Care Leavers Week – More ‘Stepping Stones’ needed in Somerset

This National Care Leavers week (25 Oct – 3 November) Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support care leavers as they enter adult life. Stepping Stones carers support young people with the challenges they face as care leavers and help them achieve their potential. The young people, […]

Taunton Town FC supports Fostering and Adoption in Somerset

Taunton Town Football Club and Fostering and Adoption in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 21 October, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the fostering and adoption mascot and Taunton Town’s mascot Wordsworth had a penalty shoot-out at the match, which Sparky won 3-2. Sparky and the fostering and adoption team were greeted […]

Quilters have a heart for children in care

A Yeovil Quilting Circle handed over a specially created a heart themed quilt for ‘National Adoption Week’ and young children in care this week. Somerset County Council launched a ‘have a heart’ campaign on 16 October to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted and Vivien Bateman, Barbie Dormer and Gill […]

Help available for young carers

Over 200 young carers regularly receive help and support from Somerset County Council – but it is keen to reach others. Young carers are unpaid carers under 18 who give their time to provide regular care for a disabled or unwell relative, whilst also attending school and managing the usual changes of growing up. Somerset […]

Recruiting Social Carers At Community Care Live London

Somerset County Council promoted the benefits of joining their Social Work team to hundreds of potential recruits during the UKs largest free Social Work event, which concluded this week. The County needs more Social Workers and Team Managers to join its quality teams and Community Care Live London provided a perfect forum to meet potential […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

The achievements of Somerset children and young people in care have been celebrated at the 2017 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. Around 320 children were recognised for their efforts, through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals. The children and young people, spanning toddlers to young adults, were commended across five […]

Young people help shape new CSE service

Young victims have helped shape a new £1.5m support service for children and young people in Somerset who have been sexually exploited. Somerset County Council is helping fund the service which will be delivered by children’s charity Barnardo’s. It is also backed by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner and the area’s four other […]