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The Somerset Mental Health Alliance has expanded its services to support adults and older people who may be struggling with their mental health as the county responds to the Covid-19 pandemic. Somerset Mindline, a service which provides people with a safe space to talk, has increased the opening hours of its phoneline in response to… more

Public Health England has published a number of useful guides in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Educational settings guidance Employers and businesses guidance Social or community care and residential settings Guidance for staff in the transport sector For the latest public information, advice and guidance on COVID-19, visit more

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are developing a Citizens’ Panel to ensure that they can listen to, and learn from, local residents. By sharing your feedback and opinions on health and care services, you can help them to design services that take into account ‘what matters to people’, on a range of topics related to… more

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership has published its latest newsletter. This edition includes: Important changes to the Early Help Assessment (EHA) registration process. Updates to EHA, processes and supporting documents Brand new free EHA e-learning training Plus Somerset’s Early Help animation, a three-minute video explaining early help in action. You can read the newsletter here. more

Researchers in the REPROVIDE programme at the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care are looking for men aged over 21 years who are concerned that they are, or have been, abusive in their relationships with women, to take part in a new study that will help improve how we support men in changing… more

Somerset to be a trailblazer for mental health care as new alliance prepares to deliver innovative new approach. A new alliance of charities has been formed to develop a bold new community-based mental health support service for Somerset residents. The shared ambition for the Somerset Mental Health Alliance is to ensure that people living with… more

VCSE Advocate Feedback from the Early Help Strategic Commissioning Board, from Angela Kerr, CEO at Citizens Advice South Somerset. Early Help Somerset is described as “everyone’s responsibility; we want children, families, communities and agencies to work together so that families are assisted to help themselves and are supported as soon as a need arises. includes providing… more

Feedback from the Safer Somerset Partnership meeting which was held on Thurdsay 5th December, by Jane Knowles, Chief Executive Officer at SASP. Violence Reduction Unit There are 2 Violence reduction units, one in Bristol and one in Somerset. Their purpose is to improve ways to identify vulnerable people and children, and one of the priorities… more

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership has published it’s latest newsletter. This edition includes: An update on new safeguarding children arrangements Findings from the knife crime audit An example of multi-agency good practice Information about the Violence Reduction Unit Advance information about SSCP learning events planned for 2020 Where to find the revised pre-birth planning toolkit… more

The VCSE Strategic Forum met on Wednesday 9th October 2019. You can download the presentations here. The Key Speakers included: Patrick McKenna, Policy Advisor and Local Intelligence West – Office for Civil Society Patrick outlined the information that is available for the VCSE community in the lead up to Brexit. Most of the relevant information… more