Tag Archives: young people

Somerset pupils scale musical heights with one brilliant recording

Not being able to get out and perform because of the coronavirus has been tough for the county’s many talented young musicians when it comes to staying focussed. But thanks to a unique online project, Somerset’s musical groups including students from 32 of the county’s schools and colleges will be performing virtually after months of […]

European Social Fund gives boost to Somerset young people

A project set up to help provide new opportunities for Somerset young people is being boosted by £563,000 from the European Social Fund (ESF). With match funding from Somerset County Council, and key partners, £1.1m will be available for the innovative SomersetWorks scheme. It will help provide new opportunities for young people in school years […]

Somerset’s Mental Health Champions revamp Lifehacks for Coping during pandemic

Somerset County Council’s Public Health has been working with young people to revise the successful Mental Health ‘Lifehacks’ to help them manage their mental health and wellbeing during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Originally developed as part of an emotional health engagement project with young people in Somerset in 2015, the set of tips were designed to […]

Virtual training for potential foster carers

Vital work to recruit new foster carers in Somerset is continuing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic thanks to technology. Somerset County Council’s Fostering service brought together 25 potential foster carers for a two-day preparation course using an online virtual platform that allowed all taking part to interact. The Skills to Foster course is usually run […]

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 […]

Curtain up for half term fun

The curtain will be going up at Taunton Library and The Brewhouse theatre next month for a special collaboration over the February half-term. Teenagers aged 13-18 can join in ‘Word Play’ – two masterclasses celebrating the spoken word through poetry, story-telling, performances and workshops. Taking place on Wednesday 19 February from 10am-5pm at both Taunton […]

The flexible way for apprenticeships

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice […]

Could you help and support a young person?

Volunteers who can speak up for and support young people are being sought by Somerset County Council. Adults are needed across the County to give a helping hand to children and young people who may need a bit of extra support by becoming advocates or ‘independent visitors’ through the Council’s Route 1 advocacy service. Advocates […]

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, […]

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 […]