Are you dyslexia and dyspraxia aware? 7 October, 2021

It’s a big awareness month for two common learning difficulties affecting many children and young people – dyslexia and dyspraxia. Dyslexia Awareness Week (4-10 October) is this year focusing on the theme ‘Invisible Dyslexia’ to explore the theme of visibility of those with dyslexia within the community. It’s estimated that…

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Dwarfism Awareness Month 7 October, 2021

Throughout October UK charities* are raising awareness and sharing facts to dispel misconceptions about over 200 conditions that cause Dwarfism.  Key facts include: 80 per cent of people with restricted growth are born to parents of average height People with restricted growth can do just about anything a person of…

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Black History Month – what’s happening in Somerset? 7 October, 2021

Black History Month is an annual event held to recognise and celebrate black people’s contribution to all aspects of our culture and society. Together with the South West Heritage Trust and Somerset Library Service, Somerset County Council is highlighting a range of events and information that residents can access as…

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World Mental Health Day 7 October, 2021

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team has put together a bulletin with links to mental health support, self-care…

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Help us to make Somerset more inclusive – volunteer to be an Inclusion Champion 30 September, 2021

The following is a joint message to colleagues working across the Somerset system during National Inclusion Week (27 September to 3 October) from: Rob Hart, Assistant Director – Inclusion, Somerset County Council Becky Applewood, Deputy Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group Andy Heron, Chief Operating Officer,…

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Somerset Sensory Processing Handbook launched 30 September, 2021

A new co-produced* document called the ‘Somerset Sensory Processing Handbook’ has been published. You can find a link and more information at the end of this page on Somerset’s Local Offer website. The handbook is designed to raise awareness about sensory processing and provides information about how to support children…

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Ideas for October half term activities 30 September, 2021

A range of FREE and affordable activities for the October half term are on offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and their families. Find out more by looking at the Community Inclusion and Activity Team calendar, which is now available to view and…

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Calling all young people with SEND – could you be an ‘Unstoppable’? 30 September, 2021

The Unstoppables forum, a group of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) aged 13-25 from across Somerset, is looking for new recruits. The group’s aim, with the support of Somerset County Council, is to increase the voice of children and young people with SEND in Somerset.  They…

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ICON Week – babies cry, you can cope 30 September, 2021

Somerset County Council has joined the NHS and healthcare organisations from across the county to promote lifesaving messages to parents during ICON week. I Infant crying is normal and it will stop C Comfort methods can sometimes soothe the baby and the crying will stop O It’s OK to walk…

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Young people invited to shape Somerset climate emergency response 30 September, 2021

11 to 18-year-olds in Somerset are invited to attend two virtual events next month to help shape Somerset County Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy. Somerset Youth Parliament is running two free sessions via Zoom on Monday 11 and Monday 18 October, 6.15pm to 8pm, to learn more about the county’s plans,…

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