Category Social Care

Somerset steps up to social work recruitment challenge

Somerset County Council is bidding for funding for a follow-up to its successful initiative to train children’s social workers. In January 2017, the Council will find out if central government has supported its bid to offer the Step Up to Social Work Programme for the second time. The programme encourages anyone with experience of working […]

Foster carers needed for asylum seeking children in Somerset

Caring and committed foster families are being sought to provide safe homes for unaccompanied asylum seeking children being resettled in Somerset. Somerset, like all local authority areas across the country, is taking part in the resettlement of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) – young people aged under 18 who are applying for asylum and have […]

Employer of Choice award goes to Yeovil B&Q

The Yeovil B&Q store has been awarded an Employer of Choice award for its commitment to employees with Learning Difficulties. Somerset County Council’s ‘Aspire Support for Employment’ service hands out the award to Somerset employers who provide opportunities and support to their employees who have learning disabilities. Aspire helps adults with learning difficulties find employment. […]

New Award recognises Adult Social Care staff

Nominations are now officially open for a new award recognising the efforts of Somerset Adult’s Social Care staff. The award celebrates dedicated and hardworking staff who go the extra mile to support people in the community. Throughout November, anyone who wants to say a big thank you to their key worker and see them formally […]

Nominate your Children and Young Person’s Worker of the Year

For the second year running, children and young people supported by Somerset Children’s Social Care can say a big thank you to the staff who make a difference to them. The council is urging any child or young person who wants to see their key worker recognised for going the extra mile to come forward […]

“Rosie is a blessing”

A primary school teacher who adopted her daughter through a child-centred initiative is advocating the scheme to people wishing to adopt in Somerset, during National Adoption Week (17-23 October). Suzie, a 49-year-old single mum from Shepton Mallet, became Rosie’s adoptive mum earlier this year through the Fostering for Adoption initiative. Last month 31 children in […]

They’re back on YouTube! Trudy and Matt’s Fostering blog #3: “On fostering teenagers”

Somerset County Council Foster Carers Trudy and Matt are back with the third lively instalment of their YouTube fostering blog – this time, focusing on teenagers. Trudy Patch, 36, and her husband Matt, 40, live in Frome. They have three children of their own and were originally approved for 0 to 6 year olds, but […]

**EVENT POSTPONED** Professionals urged to attend private fostering event

**This event has been postponed until further notice – we’ll publicise the new date soon!** Do you work in health, education or social care, or with children? Somerset County Council is urging professionals in these fields to attend an event about private fostering to find out what their responsibilities are to privately-fostered children. The event, […]

1st birthday party for Somerset Foster Carers

A voluntary organisation set up to give Somerset County Council Foster Carers a stronger voice has celebrated its first birthday. The Somerset Foster Care Association (SFCA) is run by carers and is working towards giving them greater influence over and input into the services that support them. It gives carers regular opportunities to come together […]

Watchet LIVE Music Festival bangs the drum for Somerset Fostering

The Wurzels aren’t the only big Somerset name hoping to make the crowds smile at a popular West Somerset festival this coming August bank holiday weekend. Watchet LIVE Festival is gearing up to welcome none other than Sparky the Dragon and Somerset County Council’s professional and friendly Fostering Recruitment Service in to spread the word […]