Further food support for families 21 January, 2021

Somerset County Council has allocated a further £427,000 of funding to help schools provide families with food support during this lockdown. During term time, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked schools to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school – including vulnerable children and the children…

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Somerset’s 24/7 Mental Health Helpline 21 January, 2021

Support and advice is available for people of all ages in Somerset 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. At this time of uncertainty and ongoing challenges to our daily lives, it’s important to keep ourselves emotionally well and get the right support for our Mental Health. The opportunity…

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Inclusive sports 21 January, 2021

Sports and physical activity can be vital for young people with disabilities and Covid-19 continues to provide significant challenges for families with children with SEND, so we thought we’d share some fantastic resources that Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) has promoted on its Facebook page recently. WheelPower WheelPower, the…

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PACEY website now includes SEND section 21 January, 2021

PACEY, the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years, has launched a new section on its website called ‘Supporting children with SEND’. This contains stories from childcare practitioners about their experience working and caring for children with SEND in their setting, including ideas and advice for other childcare practitioners in…

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Upcoming Somerset Parent Carer Forum events 21 January, 2021

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum has published a series of virtual events aimed at parents/carers and families with children and young people with SEND. The events focus on looking after health and wellbeing, while also having fun! Health and Wellbeing sessions: Pilates – Wednesday 27 January, 11am-12pm Zen Yoga –…

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Stress reduction sessions 21 January, 2021

A series of free weekly stress reduction sessions are available to school staff and those outside of school settings supporting children or young people in a paid or volunteer capacity. For example, direct payment support workers would be eligible to access this training. Designed to help people develop tools they…

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‘THANK YOU’ to our early years staff 14 January, 2021

Following the Government’s announcement a week ago that England would enter a third period of national ‘lockdown’ measures in its fight to control Covid-19, many early years settings (including nurseries and childcare) remain open to all children. To all those working as childminders, in nurseries and other early years settings…

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Time to Talk – Somerset Parent Carer Forum launches helpline 14 January, 2021

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum is delighted to announce the launch of a new free helpline service aimed at parents and carers in Somerset – ‘Time to Talk’. Being a carer can feel isolating and this is being made even harder due to the impacts of coronavirus. The service, which…

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Urgent appeal for the return of community healthcare equipment 14 January, 2021

Due to significant global issues impacting stock availability, a national urgent appeal is being made to request that any community healthcare equipment no longer need is returned. The priority is hospital beds, mattresses, bed rails and bumpers, hoists, overbed tables and four-wheeled walkers, all of which are in very short…

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Covid-19 vaccines: Be aware of fraudsters 14 January, 2021

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud. Remember: The vaccine is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details. The NHS will never…

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