sessions seeking views on proposals to change the some of the support available
to children and families in Somerset are underway.
County Council is consulting on a potential change to the support offered by
its getset Service. The sessions are a chance to discuss the proposals and give
team has visited Glastonbury and is in Frome all day today, 10am-12pm in The
Key Centre and 1-6pm in the library. Further drop-in sessions are as follows:
• Mon 19 Nov. 10am-6pm. The Hub,
Minehead, Hopcott Road, Minehead, TA24 6DJ
• Thurs 22 Nov. 10am-6pm. Taunton
Library, Paul Street, TA1 3XZ
• Weds 28 Nov. 10am-6pm. Victoria Park
Community Centre, Victoria Park Drive, Bridgwater, TA6 7AS
• Tues 4 Dec. 10am-6pm. Yeovil Methodist
Church, Vicarage Walk, Middle Street, BA20 1JZ
details of the proposals are available on the Council’s website www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation
In summary they would end the Council’s getset Service contribution to support
for families needing a little extra help - usually short-term - to tackle a
particular problem and get back on track.
provided by other organisations for families in this position would not be
affected, nor would the Council’s support for families with more serious issues
and challenges. Support from the Council’s Children with Disabilities Team,
Special Education Needs and Disabilities Team and Community Adolescent Team
would also continue unaffected.
The proposals include a £200,000
start-up fund to support community groups to increase and develop their support
consultation ends on 31 December. A questionnaire for providing feedback is
available on the www.somerset.gov.uk/getsetconsultation
webpage, in libraries and Family Centres. Hard copies can be requested by
or telephoning 01823 357479.
Council’s Cabinet agreed to go to consultation on these services when it met in
September to consider a range of savings proposals aimed at addressing the
authority’s financial pressures.
The results will be
used to inform a decision by Cabinet scheduled for February on whether or not
to proceed with the proposals.