A Somerset County Council consultation on proposed changes to the way it provides support to children and families is now underway.
The proposals are for a Family Support Service that would bring together the Council’s getset service – which includes children’s centre support for families and children aged 0 to 19 – and support from Health Visitors and the School Nursing Service.
The proposals aim to make support more accessible by delivering more through community venues, in people’s homes and online. They include changes to the role of children's centres.
The services and support will still be available, but where people get it from could change.
Attached is a brief summary of the proposals. More detail, supporting information and a questionnaire are available online www.somerset.gov.uk/familysupportandchildrenscentres and at children’s centres across the county. Paper copies of the documents can also be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01823 357657.
People can respond by completing a questionnaire online or completing a paper copy. Paper copies can be handed in to a children’s centre or returned by Freepost
Public drop-in meetings have also been arranged for people to come and discuss the plans and give their feedback (see below).
We want as many people as possible to have their say, whether they use these services or just have an interest. Any help you can give to raise awareness of the consultation would be much appreciated. The closing date for responses is 1 December 2017.
Please also find attached a poster highlighting the consultation and drop in events. Please feel free to share this in whatever way you see fit to encourage participation.
Views will be taken into account before a decision is made next year on how support will be provided in the future.
Drop in sessions:
Weds, 11 Oct. 10.30am – 6.30pm
The Hub, Minehead, Hopcott Rd, Minehead TA24 6DJ
Fri, 13 Oct. 10.30am – 6.30pm
Hillside Children’s centre, Eastwick Rd, Taunton TA2 7HD
Tues, 31 Oct. 10.30am – 6.30pm
Victoria Park Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS
Thurs 2 Nov. 10.30am – 6.30pm
Vicarage Street Methodist Church, 69 Middle St, Yeovil BA20 1JB
Thurs 16 Nov. 10.30am – 6.30pm
Large Conference Room, Glastonbury Hub, Orchard Court, The Archers Way, Glastonbury, BA6 9JB.2FH