Tag Archives: Cllr Frances Nicholson

Young people pioneer groundbreaking initiative

Eleven inspirational projects for young people across Somerset are benefiting from a £50,000 partnership fund aimed at improving lives in the county. Members of Somerset Youth Parliament were trained to decide on competing funding bids, pioneering a move to put young people at the heart of the project. Leader of Somerset County Council David Fothergill […]

More support for children’s mental health

Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]

Early help to support families

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Work on a new £21m special school in Somerset is progressing well with the aim of completion in January 2021. And spectacular aerial footage of the Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater shows the shape and scale of the Somerset County Council project that is part of a wider programme to boost provision for children […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]

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 […]