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CSW Volunteers – Pets as Therapy

With Crufts 2019 just finished and thoughts of our canine friends still on our minds this article features three Somerset volunteers and their family pets. These CSW volunteers undertake regular visits into their local community hospital, taking with them their much loved dogs. These therapeutic visits are all about animals helping humans. The volunteers share…

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Spotlight On – NCS

NCS is a youth programme that runs across England and Northern Ireland. We exist to engage, unite and empower young people, building their confidence so they can go out there and achieve their dreams, no matter where they’re from or what their background is. Our team in the South West is constantly working to make sure…

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NCW 2019 – Give a Career Insight – Careers Advisers

For #NCW2019 I pledge to… Give an insight in my career area. As careers advisers working mainly in schools, our job is rewarding and varied.  Alongside a plethora of administration and continual professional development, we attend parents’ evenings and careers events, deliver group works, address whole year groups in assemblies and conduct work experience visits.…

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Investor in Careers – The Quality in Careers Standard

Investor in Careers is helping hundreds of learning providers to continuously improve the quality of their careers education. The National Careers strategy is key to giving individuals and organisations a clear focus on the Government’s policies and priorities for careers education. The revision of the associated statutory guidance, ‘Careers Guidance and Access for Education and…

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Young Carers at Risk of NEET

  The recent Young Carers Awareness Day has sparked much debate about the numbers of young people who are caring for a relative or friend, and the impact this has on their mental health, education and future prospects. #Focus5 key workers often meet young people who have carer duties at the same time as dealing with their own…

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The Journey of Change

A Family Support Worker’s role is not an easy task. It is not until the end of the support that we and the families realise how far they have come in the time that intensive support has been offered. Case Studies are a great way of showing the full journey of where they were to…

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Volunteers healing power of helping hands

In late 2018 The Daily Mail highlighted the Helpforce campaign and ‘the healing power of helping hands’ that referred to the value of volunteers supporting NHS services. In Somerset the NHS Trust has benefitted from that power for many years, especially within their twelve community hospitals.  Across these hospitals there are currently 155 registered and…

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