Tag Archives: Cllr Frances Nicholson

Cash grants help West Somerset young people

Children and young people in West Somerset are being granted extra help to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Individuals and groups can apply for grants in an initiative which is part of the Government-funded and Somerset County Council-backed West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA). Sport, performance classes, music, gym membership or a visit to the skate […]

Contractor agreed for school expansion

The £9 million expansion of a Taunton special school took a major step forward today after Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed a contractor. Last month, a planning application was submitted for an expansion to Selworthy School, which currently caters for both primary and secondary school pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND). The new Selworthy School […]

Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

Family Support Service: next steps considered

Plans for a new Family Support Service will be discussed at Somerset County Council next week. The Council’s Children’s Services are looking to develop the service to help make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. It would bring together the Council’s getset service (which includes Children’s […]

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 […]

Over £8m invested in Children’s Futures

An £8m investment in Somerset children’s futures saw pupils and staff returning after the summer break through the doors of two brand new state of the art primary schools this week. Somerset County Council invested over £8m in building two brand new Primary Schools in Yeovil and Bridgwater, which will provide over 600 school places […]

GCSE Students Hard Work Celebrated

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families has applauded the hard work of Somerset students who today (Thursday 24 August) receive their GCSE results. Cllr Frances Nicholson said: “Every year young people, their families and schools anxiously wait for these results. I want to say well done to the young people and pay […]

All The Best On A-Level Results Day

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families joins family and friends to wish A level students the best of luck when receiving their results today (Thursday 17 August). Cllr Nicholson said: “Whilst summer can be a great time to relax and holiday for many of us, let’s not forget our students across the […]

Spiderman opens annual camping trip for children with autism

To the amazement of 35 children Spiderman opened this year’s annual CAOTfest, a Somerset County Council organised camping trip for children with autism and their families. The fun filled four day camping trip (1-4 August), arranged by the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), is a chance for children with autism and their families to have […]

Parents Encouraged To Apply For Up To 30 hours of funded childcare

Somerset County Council is encouraging working parents to apply for up to 30 hours of funded childcare for three and four year olds. From September 2017, the Government is doubling the amount of funded childcare hours from 15 hours to 30 hours a week (for 38 weeks each year). The additional hours will support working […]