Tag Archives: Learning Disabilities

Interns in SEARCH for paid employment

Nine young people with Learning Disabilities are on the path to paid employment as part of a pioneering initiative run by Somerset County Council, Musgrove Park Hospital and Somerset College. The initiative is known as Project SEARCH, a one-year programme which aims to give young people with Learning Disabilities the skills to obtain competitive paid […]

Devastating break-in at centre for adults with Learning Disabilities

Adults with Learning Disabilities and members of staff have been left devastated after a day centre in Glastonbury was ransacked by burglars. Intruders targeted the Beckery Centre on two occasions over the weekend of 10 October, cutting wires to the alarms, breaking windows and doors, pulling cupboards off hinges, and turning the reception upside down. […]

Somerset County Council awards fantastic work from the Learning Disability Service team

Staff from Somerset County Council’s Learning Disability Service who have continuously gone that extra mile were rewarded in a special ceremony last week.

David Dick, Somerset County Council’s Learning Disabilities Operations Director presented 14 awards to staff who have continuously gone above and beyond their daily job roles, and dedicated their time and energy to more vulnerable members of the community.

Jade sheds light on a career in caring

A Taunton-based care worker is helping Somerset County Council give an insight into the world of working with people who have a learning disability. The Council’s Learning Disability Service chose support worker Jade Jones to star in a short film that shows the ins and outs of the role. The film, which can be found […]

SEN&D Engagement and Participation Strategy – Have your say

A survey to help health, social care and education professionals communicate with children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEN&D) is underway. Views are being sought on a new strategy developed by Somerset County Council and other agencies, including Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum. It aims to improve the way children […]

Newsletter and leaflet are a GodSEN&D for families

A new-look newsletter, aimed at parents, carers and people who work with children who have special educational needs or disabilities, has been launched. Somerset County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN&D) Training and Support Service produce the newsletter every school term to support people through changes to SEN&D support for children and young people. […]

Key stage for future of Learning Disabilities services in Somerset

A ground-breaking project to develop Learning Disabilities services in Somerset has reached a key milestone with three organisations shortlisted to work alongside the County Council. Somerset County Council announced in February 2014 that a new social enterprise would be established to run the services currently provided by the Learning Disabilities Provider Service (LDPS). The next […]

A Big Day for Somerset’s Learning Disability Partnership Board

An open invitation to help shape Somerset’s services for people with Learning Disabilities is being offered this month. The Somerset County Council-supported Learning Disabilities Partnership Board (LDPB) is holding an event on Monday 19 January at The Canalside conference centre, near Bridgwater. Anyone with an interest in learning disabilities is encouraged to come along. The […]

Reading reaps rewards

Henry, Ashley, David and Michael, supported by Able2Achieve, all took part in the Summer Reading Challenge at Crewkerne Library and were recently presented with medals and certificates for their achievements. They each read 6 books during the summer holidays, and were invited back to Crewkerne Library to meet the Mayor of Crewkerne, Robin Pailthorpe, and […]

£1.5m investment for Learning Disabilities

A pioneering programme to change the way support is provided for people with Learning Disabilities in Somerset has been given a £1.5 million Government boost. Somerset County Council (SCC) and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working to create a Social Enterprise Partnership which will provide services for people with Learning Disabilities. Today it has […]