Vale of Frome LCN map

Frome area local community network pilot map

Highlights

The LCN in this area has had a focus on Children, Young People and their Families. Over the course of the last 18 months they have been working together to better understand the needs of residents in their area, consider appropriate data and agree a series of actions to improve the lives of Children, Young People and their Families.

This LCN has focused their discussions around ‘Five Areas of LCN Potential’

  • What can we do together as parishes and communities that address common issues and opportunities, regardless of the involvement of Somerset Council?
  • What services and policies of agencies can we influence, so that they are doing better things to serve our area?
  • What assets and budgets currently run by Somerset Council can our members own and control locally, to achieve better outcomes than at present?
  • What new services or innovations can we develop to change the pattern of service delivery?
  • What new resources we can attract to help common agendas in our local area?

The LCN has supported the development of new relationships between parishes and with a range of statutory and voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise partners. Some of those involved are listed here:

  • Frome Licensing Partnership
  • Frome Schools – Headteachers (SEND, First, Middle and College)
  • Frome Medical Practice
  • Health Connections Mendip
  • Primary Care Network – From Clinical Lead
  • Somerset Council / Integrated Care System Commissioner
  • Somerset Council – Early Help
  • Somerset Council – Assistant Director Children’s Services
  • Somerset Council – Connect Somerset – Adults and Children’s Lead
  • Somerset Council – Data Team
  • Public health – School Nursing / Health Visitors
  • Frome Library
  • Police – PCSO Team
  • Safe Families
  • Spark Somerset
  • Somerset Activity Sports Partnership
  • Young Somerset
  • YMCA
  • Purple Elephant
  • Community Council Somerset – Village Agents
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • Fair Frome
  • Edventure
  • Somerset Skills and Learning
  • LCN Chair
  • Mendip District Council

The LCN has:

  • Heard about what the data tells us from colleagues in Children Services at Somerset Council

Together they have:

  • Discussed the important role of Sport and Physical activity in children’s lives with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP)
  • Explored what Anti-Social Behaviour means in our parishes, to 350 young people and the police, gaining a better understanding of the issues and who is responsible
  • Developed a working group which meets outside of the larger meeting to focus on the development and delivery of an action focused plan
  • Supported coordination and connection of a range of partners to improve the Early Help offer for local families, including Frome Library to address issues of anti-social behaviour and enhance their offer for young people
  • Enhanced detached youth work provision
  • Enhanced coordination and strategic overview of:
    • Frome Children and Young People’s Mental Health forum
    • Frome Youth Network
    • Development of new Under 5’s Forum

Locally they are owning and controlling:

  • A small grants program to support physical activity in all of their parishes funded by a Local Government Association Grant

They have developed new services and attracted new resources into the area:

  • Secured national funding and have recruited a Frome Area Development Lead delivering new sports and activities for young people led by SASP
  • Mapped the gaps and opportunities in villages surrounding Frome – funded by Public Health and Early Help Team at Somerset Council
  • Further developed FIND Frome – a digital database for families and practitioners, which now includes information about services and opportunities in the wider Frome Area
  • Secured external funding to be part of a pilot project in three areas across the UK to map community connections through a project called Understory
  • Identified an Area Champion and secured a grant to work with Somerset Council to develop the Connect Somerset offer in the Frome Area

Their influence has included:

  • The development of Connect Somerset, a county-wide project to develop a place-based approach to enhancing and building a comprehensive Early Help offer for children, young people and their families
  • A better coordinated and strategic plan for the delivery of statutory and other services and opportunities in the Frome Area
  • Increased information and signposting for residents and practitioners

Next area board meeting

Thursday 8 February - venue to be confirmed

Council calendar

Contact information

If you would like to contact the Vale of Frome LCN, please send an email to valeoffromelcn@somerset.gov.uk 

Parishes

Beckington
Berkley
Buckland Dinham
Great Elm
Frome
Hemington
Lullington
Mells
Norton St. Philip
Nunney
Rode
Selwood
Tellisford

Trudoxhill
Upton Noble
Wanstrow
Whatley
Witham Friary

Electoral Divisions

Frome East ED
Frome North ED
Frome West ED
Mendip Central and East ED
Mendip South ED

Minutes and agendas

Dates, times and agendas of upcoming meetings and minutes of previous meetings can be accessed here:

Browse meetings – Local Community Network – Vale of Frome

Reports and presentations