Tag Archives: fostering

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 […]

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 […]

Somerset Care Council Leads The Way

Children in care and children’s services staff at Somerset County Council have been praised for leading the way in implementing technology to get young voices heard. Organisation MOMO (Mind Of My Own) was set up to help children and young people have a say in the care they receive. It offers a blend of technology, […]

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 […]

Why it’s good to ‘Stay Put’

Foster Carers and the young people they care for are being encouraged to stay together longer, to help give young care leavers a smoother journey into adulthood. Brother and sister – Dale, 19, and Kaleigh, 17 – have thrived growing up with their Foster family in Somerset. In this short video, they talk about why […]

Celebrating Foster Carers Awards Event

The incredible hard work and dedication of local foster carers has been recognised at a special awards event this month. Over 70 foster carers attended the awards ceremony, held on Friday 9 June, having collectively given over 205 years to help improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset. Jane and Roy Bollen […]

The Little Moments that Make a Big Difference

Cooking together, first holidays and going to the seaside are all some of the first special memories foster carers and a former foster child have shared in a heart-warming video marking Foster Care Fortnight. Tommy Wardle, expressed his gratitude to his Foster Carers who he now calls Mum and Dad, for all the special moments […]

‘Lean on Me’ sing Somerset foster carers

Today (18 March) Somerset foster carers and Somerset County Council staff took part in a ‘flash mob’ in the heart of Taunton to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in the county. Joined by Taunton community choir ‘Company of Voices’, the group sang Bill Withers’ classic song ‘Lean on Me’ to highlight […]

Could you be a Foster Carer for an asylum-seeking child?

We urgently need people who can offer a safe home to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arriving from the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Somerset County Council has accepted more than 17 unaccompanied children already and more are expected. Most of the children arriving in Somerset are aged 15 or older, travelling from countries including Afghanistan, […]