Somerset County Council's Outdoor Centres are providing a haven for the county’s most vulnerable young people during the coronavirus lockdown.

Kilve Court in West Somerset, and the Charterhouse Centre on the Mendips, have been opening their doors to young people most in need of a safe and reassuring space.

Since March 24, the centres have worked with 43 young people providing both day visits and overnight stays with more than 1,000 meals served.

With the pressures of the lockdown, reduced attendance at school and the uncertainties created by coronavirus, the outdoor centres have been providing respite care for young people and their carers, and emergency placements when they are needed.

As well as working closely with Children’s Services, the centres are also linking with Adult Social Care and the grounds of Kilve are currently being used as a safe place for vulnerable adults to take their daily exercise.

Cllr Frances Nicholson said: "Normally at this time of year our centres would be welcoming around 400 children a week for residential visits.

"During the current health emergency, activities are still being provided for young people with centre staff working closely with partners to provide a comprehensive package of support for young people and families."