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Dingley’s Promise parent carer survey

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Dingley’s Promise is a national project for which Somerset has won a bid to be part of the Comic Relief funded project; it will offer free training for all of Somerset’s early year’s practitioners.   The project team would like to…

Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional supports (SCERTS) – An introduction for family members and caregivers

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What is SCERTS and why is it important? The SCERTS framework is based on evidence to create a positive environment for young people who are autistic or have social, emotional and mental health differences. The model is designed to provide…

World Suicide Awareness Day

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Join ‘Walk for a Life’ in Taunton to help raise awareness of suicide – or to remember a loved one – this World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). Suicide can affect anybody, and there isn’t a community in Somerset where people haven’t been touched…

Somerset Parent Carer Forum’s Family Fun-day Success!

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On Tuesday 9th August Somerset Parent Carer Forum CIC held its first family day post covid for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Over 350 people attended the event during the day and much fun was…

Have you seen our new local offer?

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The new look Somerset’s SEND Local Offer is live! Somerset’s SEND Local Offer is the home for information and guidance for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) services. With a new page layout, improved accessibility and search function, the page…

The SEND Annual Survey – Final Call!

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Don’t forget that the SEND Annual survey is still live, and we want to hear your experiences.   The SEND Annual Survey is a great opportunity to tell us what is working well and what we can do to improve.…

Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) Coffee Mornings at the Winking Frog

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The Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT) works with parent carers and their child or young person with a diagnosis of autism. The team provides help with understanding a child’s situation; supporting and empowering to provide strategies where needed and increase…

Somerset SENDIAS Team Update

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Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support), say a warm welcome to their new team members. Georgia Horne – Georgia is our SENDIAS Officer for Mendip who will be offering Information, Advice and Support on the…

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…