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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MeToo Mental Health app helps young people in Somerset 16 September, 2021

The advent of COVID-19 has had a major impact on the mental health of people of all ages; but none more so than young people.  A recent survey by mental health charity Young Minds found 67% believed that the pandemic will have a long-term negative effect on their mental health.…

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Eco-friendly workshop events for schools 16 September, 2021

Somerset County Council, alongside the District Councils, are working collaboratively towards carbon neutrality by 2030. They are also looking at ways that Somerset can adapt to predicted climate change impacts. Support Services for Education (SSE) is committed to supporting this work and has collated various resources and connections to form…

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Vaccination centre moving to Firepool next month 16 September, 2021

More changes are planned in the local roll out of the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme.  Plans are now in place to move the vaccination centre from the existing location at Taunton Racecourse to a new site at Firepool, Taunton, in early October. Pre-booked vaccination appointments and walk-ins will continue to…

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Take part in ‘Month of Discovery’ events to shape ADHD and Autism provision in Somerset 9 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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Feeling unwell? Choose Well this autumn 9 September, 2021

As we move into autumn and winter, it’s going to be more important than ever to look after yourself and to ensure that you choose the right healthcare service for your needs. While many people may still need to speak to their GP, there are also lots of ways which…

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Reminder: stay ‘supercharged’ and fully fit by having your annual health check 9 September, 2021

We ran an article in SEND News on 24 June about Supercharged Me, a co-produced campaign supporting young people and adults with learning disabilities to register with their GP, making them aware they have learning disabilities and encourage them to attend their annual health check. As discussed in another article…

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