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Spark Somerset are asking youth groups across Somerset to complete an online survey to help establish an up to date picture of how groups are faring following the recent cuts to County services. You can access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SomersetYouthProvision The survey is being carried out on behalf of the following organisations who, in the…

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Safer Sleep Week, which runs from 11th to 17th March 2019, is an initiative by the Lullaby Trust. The aim of Safer Sleep Week is to ensure parents and carers know the importance of safer sleep, and how to reduce the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The Lullaby Trust knows that greater awareness…

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The latest newsletter from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board is now available, the latest edition includes: Learning from a recent multi-agency review of strategy discussions Details of a safeguarding conversation about a child in need case Resources to explain and promote contextual safeguarding Details about the Somerset Safer Home Project. You can read the newsletter…

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Somerset Parent Carer Forum are working with Somerset County Council and the Clinical Commissioning Group hold a series of events to showcase the Somerset Local Offer. The Local Offer provides information about services and support available locally for children and young people with SEND, and has been live on Somerset Choices for some time. This…

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Third sector mental health organisations are invited to the Somerset Mental Health Provider Forum, which is being held in celebration of Time To Talk Day. The aim of the forum is to share updates and information between Somerset County Council and the providers of Mental Health support services in Somerset. The forum will cover an…

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The latest newsletter from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board features an update on its strategic plan, a toolkit to help you develop a domestic abuse policy for your workplace or organisation, and details of a new online resource for those working with survivors of sexual violence. You can read the newsletter here.

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It is estimated that there are over 2,000 adults living in Somerset with moderate to severe learning disabilities, and this number is growing. Around half also have autism [Source: Somerset Intelligence, 2014]. However, with the right support, adults with learning disabilities can live a full life in their community. This often involves making spaces and…

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Could you help a young person to realise their full potential? Raising Aspirations is a fantastic community mentoring programme by Somerset Community Foundation, the Somerset Education Business Partnership and Spark Somerset, which matches volunteer mentors with students living in Taunton and Street. Through the programme, mentors have the opportunity make a huge difference to the…

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The Essential Life Skills programme is funded by the Department for Education as part of its support for the West Somerset Opportunity Area. The programme aims to enable young people to improve their confidence, knowledge and skills through participation in extra-curricular activity programmes. Grants are available to groups and individual young people in the West…

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The Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board¬† launched it’s Improving Lives Strategy this week, with a workshop for key partners in held in Taunton. The strategy presents a vision for health and wellbeing priorities across our county, and describes members of the Somerset Health and Wellbeing Board and it’s wider partners will work together over the…

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