Dorset County Council has held its annual Children in Care Awards.
The awards celebrate the achievements of foster families, the children they look after and the youngsters who are leaving care.
Over 100 awards were presented at an emotional ceremony at Bryanston School on Saturday 29 September, attended by some 300 people.
Awards included the recognition of birth children who have welcomed foster children into their homes, educational qualifications gained by looked-after young people, and adult carers for their long service and outstanding contribution to fostering.
Councillor Andrew Parry, Cabinet member for education, learning and skills, praised the dedication of foster carers before expressing his pride as a ‘corporate parent’ to the 450 foster children currently in Dorset: “Our aim is to help children in care fulfil their potential and achieve their dreams. We don’t have just one plan for these 450 children – we have 450 plans for them, because everybody’s an individual and everybody matters.”Director of Children’s Services, Nick Jarman, and Cllr Andrew Parry with Niall and Toby – two of the many wonderful children who help their parents to foster.
Brothers Toby and Niall (pictured) collected a Significant Achievement award on behalf of Michael, a care-leaver who their family fostered. Michael couldn’t attend the award as he is on a placement year in America as part of his Bio-Medical Science degree at the University of the West of England. Michael sent a message to say that being in foster care was “the best thing that ever happened” to him.
Mayor of Dorchester, David Taylor, who himself grew up in care, treated the audience to a ‘floss-off’ with the children. He said: “The inspirational people here today prove what a fantastic environment fostering can be. Their love, joy and commitment to bringing up children to the best of their ability is clear – and they’ve done a fantastic job.”
More foster carers are urgently needed across Dorset to help make a difference to the lives of children in care. If you might be interested in fostering, you can find out more here, or get in touch: 01305 225568 or email@example.com
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Bus service 40 links between Crewkerne and Beaminster and has been run by Dorset County Council since July last year. From Monday 29 October Buses of Somerset will be running this service on an altered timetable.
The new service will provide four return trips per day with the final journey being direct from Yeovil to Beaminster without the need to change buses. There will be no journeys before 9am on this service.
There is a service operated by the schools (Sir John Colfox Academy and Beaminster School) to Yeovil College so students requiring an early start are being advised to contact their student support services for advice. We hope there are opportunities which will arise from the arrangement that is in place.
Cllr Daryl Turner, the county council’s Cabinet member for the natural and built environment, said:
“I am happy to announce this replacement supported service in West Dorset linking Beaminster with Crewkerne for other bus services and rail.
“While it is disappointing that a full timetable is not available, the ability to fund the peak journeys for a few passengers is not possible with the current funding levels.”
There are connections with other services for passengers who wish to travel further. More details and the timetable will be available on www.firstgroup.com website in the coming days.
Mack Trading, who lease and operate the golf course at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, has ceased trading with immediate effect and as a result the golf course at Moors Valley Country Park is now closed.
The company has appointed receivers to deal with outstanding debt and the golf course is currently closed.
Matti Raudsepp, Strategic Director, Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, said: “The council was made aware of the closure of Mack Trading at 10pm on 2 October.
“We are waiting to hear from the receivers that have been appointed to act on their behalf and currently the golf course is closed.
“We are working to ensure that members of the golf club are made aware that the course is not open.
“It is obviously disappointing to hear this news and we will now consider options for the future running of the golf course.”
Anyone with queries regarding outstanding debt should contact the Insolvency Practitioner at Butcher Woods Ltd, 79 Caroline Street, Birmingham B3 1UP.
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A second round of funding is available through the Silverlake Conservation and Community Fund.Second round of grant funding from Silverlake Development
The fund was launched in April this year for the parished areas of Warmwell, Crossways, Knightsford, Owermoigne, Puddletown, Moreton, Broadmayne, Winfrith Newburgh and Woodsford.
The fund has been developed by West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council Natural Environment Team and Habitat First Group.
The Conservation and Community Fund can be used for projects to benefit habitats and wildlife found in Silverlake and the local area. It can also be used for projects to reduce vehicle use in the area through promoting the natural environment – such as bike paths, walking routes.School benefitting
Already, the fund has benefitted Broadmayne School. They have put plans in place to utilise almost £1,000 of grant funding for their outdoor development project.
The school have earmarked an area of their field to become a wild meadow to encourage bugs and butterflies for students to study.
They will also be installing new planters and a trellis, and have plans to plant bulbs over a ‘gardening weekend’.
Cllr Ian Gardner, West Dorset District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning, said:
“I am pleased that this funding is providing benefits to the area through Broadmayne School’s outdoor development project, a great initiative for interactive learning.
“This next round of funding is the ideal is an ideal opportunity for local community groups and organisations make a positive change and enhance the natural environment.”Applying for funding
Applications for funding can be made during April and October each year. This round will last from 3 October to 31 October.
The Conservation and Community Fund currently stands at just over £18,000. It will increase as the number of properties within Silverlake increases.
Applicants can apply for up to £5,000 per year from the fund.
Those wishing to apply for funding will need to complete and submit an application form by 5pm on Wednesday 31 October. The applications will then be considered by Dorset County Council Natural Environment Team, West Dorset District Council, Habitat First Group, and relevant ward members before awards are made later in the year.
Guidance on the application and assessment process has been prepared together with an application form, visit dorsetforyou.com.