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Support with using public transport for young people with SEND

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Have you heard of Somerset’s ‘Travel Trainers’? The team works with schools and colleges to support students aged 14 and over with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) to be able to travel independently to/from their school or college. The…

Somerset Parent Carer Forum Family Fun Day

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Somerset Parent Carer Forum are excited to be hosting a free family fun day for all SEND families in Somerset on Tuesday 9 August. The day will include a bouncy castle, games, stalls, ice cream van, refreshments plus more… but…

The new look Somerset’s SEND Local Offer is live

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Our new look to Somerset’s SEND Local Offer website has launched – the place to go for SEND information, support and advice. Since we first launched Somerset’s SEND local offer website, the offer has grown. We’ve taken into account the…

SEND News Annual Survey- We need your voice!

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We need your voice to help us shape our services! The SEND Annual Survey is a great opportunity to tell us what is working well and what we can do to improve. Your voice will help us to create our…

Have you heard of Somerset’s Big Tent?

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Somerset Big Tent is a partnership of Charities, that provide a range of services including positive activities, therapeutic services and specialist support to increase positive wellbeing and improve mental health within children and young people aged 5-25 in Somerset.  You…

Martock Ash Academy

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Martock-Ash Academy is a new Special Free School planned to open in 2024 in South Somerset. It will grow to accommodate 120 pupils aged 5-16, who have an Education and Health Care Plans identifies Social & Emotional Mental Health Needs (SEMH)…

NHS Somerset: the new integrated care board

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The 1 July 2022 marked the launch of the new NHS Somerset Integrated Care Board (ICB), which will be known as NHS Somerset and will replace the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.  This is part of a national change that will…

Selworthy School, Hazelbrook Campus new Hydrotherapy Pool

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A brand-new hydrotherapy pool has opened at a special school in Taunton to provide major benefits for children and young people with complex disabilities.  The £1.8m facility at the Hazelbrook campus at Selworthy School was funded by Somerset County Council…

Somerset Cricket Foundation Taster Sessions

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Throughout the summer Somerset Cricket Foundation are offering free cricket taster sessions for young people with additional support needs and their families.  The sessions are free to attend for young people aged 11- 25.    The session is designed to provide…

Discussion Group: Help shape Somerset SEND

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We need your voice to shape Somerset’s new Special Education Needs and Disabilities strategy!  As part of the ongoing work to improve services for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities in Somerset, regular discussion groups…

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

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Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months.  Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th…

Unstoppables Update

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This month’s meet was different from our usual meeting, we attended a Family Fun Day at Brookside Academy in Street last Saturday (2July), which was organised by the Community Inclusion Activity Team.  We were promoting the Unstoppables and what we…

Have you submitted your views via our Annual SEND Survey?

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The Annual SEND Survey is live until 19 September. This is your opportunity to let us know what is working well and what improvements they would like to see. All the results are anonymous and will be used by the…

Community Inclusion and Activity Team Calendar

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The Community Inclusion and Activity Team (CIAT) are excited to share their summer activity calendar,  jam packed with fun and varied activities for children who have a disability and/or additional need.   The CIA Team are offering family day trips…

Your chance to feedback and make a difference to SEND in Somerset

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The partnership delivering SEND services in Somerset, Somerset County Council, Somerset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum,  will be launching their annual survey on 13 June. The partnership would like to hear from professionals, families, parent carers,…

Could you be the next Young Person’s Champion?

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We are recruiting for 2 Young Person’s Champions! The SEND Engagement and Participation team are looking for two Young Person’s Champions. Come and work with us to make sure young people with SEND have their voices heard in decisions that…

Local Offer live videos available on Somerset’s Local Offer

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‘Local Offer Live’ events were held earlier this year, online workshops introduced different services available in Somerset. This included topics such as, an introduction to ADHD Somerset, Dyslexia – A workshop for parents, Citizens Advice – Understanding the benefits system…

Somerset Parent Carer Forum CIC is recruiting for a new representative

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Somerset Parent Carer Forum CIC is an independent not for profit community interest company. The forum raises awareness to improve outcomes for all children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND 0-25), and is run by parent carers. The forum…

Online Discussion Event for Parents, Carers and Families

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Let us know how you feel about a proposed ‘Family Connections model’ Join teams from Somerset County Council, NHS Clinical Commissioning group and hosted by the  Parent Carer Forum as they present information on the new family connections platform. Two…

Rebecca Fisk: Early Years SEND Support Service Manager

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“I am thrilled to be working in Somerset again and aim to lead and support the development of this new Early Years SEND Support Service with ambition, passion and integrity. I look forward to getting to know you and working…