Tag Archives: fostering

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, […]

Foster carers tell it like it is – for Somerset Fostering Week

Somerset foster carers give an honest account of the ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to be amazing carers, to celebrate Somerset Fostering Week (23-29 January 2017). Over 250 households or families foster for Somerset County Council and work tirelessly to make a difference to children’s lives. For Somerset Fostering Week a selection of foster carers […]

‘Top Ten’ qualities to foster

To kick off Somerset Fostering Week (23-29 January 2017) Somerset County Council and ‘Sparky’ the dragon are sharing the ‘Top Ten’ qualities people need to foster. In the first countywide awareness raising week of its kind, the County Council is urging people to consider if they have the right qualities to start a new and […]

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 […]

The Seven Steps to Making a Difference

It’s one of the biggest questions asked by people coming forward to Foster for Somerset County Council: ‘What I have to do to be a Foster Carer’? There are Seven Steps every prospective Foster Carer has to take, to approval and beyond. Recently-approved Foster Carers, Zoe and Ian Tofield from Glastonbury, are sharing their experience […]

Save the date! Fire + Fostering event for ‘Pioneering’ people

If you work for the police, fire or ambulance services, or in health, education, a local authority or charity – and would consider fostering a child in need – Somerset County Council has an important date for your diary. The Council is teaming up with Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to host a […]

Trudy & Matt, Episode Two: “It’s all about teamwork at the end of the day”

Episode Two of an enthusiastic Somerset Fostering couple’s new, documentary-style fostering video blog, giving an insight into their fostering experiences, can now be watched online. Somerset County Council Foster Carers, Trudy and Matt Patch, have recorded their second “v-log” on why having a strong support network in fostering is so important to them. In it, […]