Help shape services for families in the early stages of getting support 23 September, 2021

Early help is taking action to support a child, young person and their family at the earliest point of identified need. Many forms of ‘early help’ are available to Somerset families to help support them to cope and to thrive. From voluntary agencies, Councils, health services and schools – many…

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Reminder: Take part in ‘Month of Discovery’ events to shape ADHD and Autism provision in Somerset 23 September, 2021

At the end of last term, we told you about the launch of the Autism and ADHD ‘month of discovery’ to find out more about provision for children and young people with ADHD and Autism in Somerset (see article in SEND News 22 July). We are planning a series of…

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Somerset’s Youth Offending Service achieves award for inclusion 23 September, 2021

The work and progress of Somerset’s Youth Offending Service (YOS) in education for all vulnerable children and young people, but especially those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), has been recognised by the national accreditation body, Achievement For All. This week, the team received confirmation that they had achieved…

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Looking after asthma in children and young people 23 September, 2021

This week, to coincide with the highest hospital admission rates for asthma, Healthy London Partnership and NHS England are running their fifth public awareness campaign #AskAboutAsthma. Asthma is the commonest long-term medical condition affecting children and young people. Asthma UK figures suggest that 1 in 11 children and young people…

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Somerset Library Service launches new accessible rhyme time event 23 September, 2021

Somerset Library Service has launched a new ‘Accessible Rhyme Time’ group aimed at parents/carers of babies and pre-school aged children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The weekly sessions will take place at Taunton Library* on Tuesdays between 11-11.30am, with the first taking place on Tuesday 28 September. However, it’s…

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COVID-19 update from Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team 23 September, 2021

Vaccination Programme for 12 to 15 year olds The UK’s Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) all agree that while COVID-19 is typically mild or asymptomatic in most young people, it can be very unpleasant for some and one dose of the vaccine will provide good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation.…

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The Unstoppables come home! 16 September, 2021

Like many others, the Unstoppables* have been meeting online only throughout the pandemic. They last met face-to-face in March 2020. But on the first weekend of September they made their return to their ‘home base’ in Yeovil. Young Person’s Champion, Nicole Tucker, reflects on the experience: “It was strange to…

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Get Outside in Somerset 16 September, 2021

Being outside brings huge benefits for our physical and mental health, but for a large majority of people, the COVID-19 pandemic has created many barriers to getting outside. It has seen an unprecedented disruption to people’s lives and has had an impact on people’s engagement in physical activity. In fact,…

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Grants available for horse therapy sessions 16 September, 2021

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF)* has launched a new fund supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Somerset, East Devon or North Dorset, to access horse-facilitated therapy sessions. The new grants from the ‘Horseshoes and Handprints Fund’ will cover 50% of the cost of a…

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Get involved in Somerset Parent Carer Forum’s family quiz night 16 September, 2021

On Friday 24 September at 6.30pm, the Somerset Parent Carer Forum is running a free virtual quiz for families with children and young people with SEND. There will be questions for the whole family and prizes to be won! To book a place, email: events@somersetparentcarerforum.org.uk Submitted by the Somerset Parent…

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