Archive by category Children and Families

350,000th book sent out through Nottingham book-gifting charity

350,000th book sent out through Nottingham book-gifting charity

A Nottingham scheme that gives free books to children has reached another major milestone. The 350,000th book has been delivered to a young reader in the city through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The book-gifting charity was introduced in the city in 2009 and now has more than 5,700 children registered to have a book delivered […]

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Contact centre renamed after Nottingham’s ‘champion’ of children

Contact centre renamed after Nottingham’s ‘champion’ of children

A Radford contact centre was today renamed ‘Helen’s Place’ in recognition of a senior officer at the City Council who died last year from Covid. Helen Blackman, who was the authority’s Director of Children’s Integrated Services, had been a strong advocate of the Garden Street facility. She died in March 2021. The centre, which supports […]

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Good support in place for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities in Nottingham, say inspectors

Good support in place for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities in Nottingham, say inspectors

Inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have recognised efforts in Nottingham to improve support for people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). A five-day inspection was carried out last November involving speaking to children and young people with SEND, parents and carers, and City Council and local NHS officers. They also visited […]

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Supermarket vouchers and activity clubs for families this Christmas

Supermarket vouchers and activity clubs for families this Christmas

Further support is being provided to struggling families over Christmas through school food vouchers and outdoor holiday activities. The City Council has consistently made £15-per-week vouchers available to all children who receive free school meals (FSM) over holiday periods, and these have been issued to parents. Alongside the supermarket vouchers will be a number of […]

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New mental health and wellbeing website by and for local young people

New mental health and wellbeing website by and for local young people

A new website developed with input from and aiming to help young people with mental health issues has been launched in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. NottAlone brings a range of local mental health advice and help for young people together in one place. The site has been developed by young people, parents, carers and professionals from […]

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Nottingham takes part in national film to promote fostering service

Nottingham takes part in national film to promote fostering service

Nottingham City Council’s fostering service is showcasing a national film designed to increase the number of carers. Local authorities across the country have joined forces on the unique film project, which has been developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum. The short film, called Out There, highlights the ways fostering can make a […]

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Free school meal vouchers available for half-term holidays

Free school meal vouchers available for half-term holidays

Food vouchers will be available to pupils in Nottingham for the October half-term next week after the Council secured a £3.5m grant. The money, made available by Government, will support pupils who are eligible for free school meals over the fortnight’s break, as well as funding additional vouchers over the Christmas holidays. The Council had […]

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Mental health services for children and young people set to expand in Nottingham

Mental health services for children and young people set to expand in Nottingham

Mental health support services for children and young people in Nottingham are set to reach double the number of educational settings, thanks to £1m of extra national funding. Children and young people have been significantly impacted by the Covid pandemic, with an increase in those suffering with mental health issues. The Mental Health Support Teams […]

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