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Somerset County Council launches its message for Foster Care Fortnight 2015 Could you give a young person in Somerset a place to call home? Somerset County Council is looking for people with space in their lives to foster an older child or teenager, and is inviting them to attend a special information event during National […]

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Somerset County Council urges parents, carers and grandparents to ‘Take Time for Safety’ during Child Safety Week (1st-7th June.) Every year over 1,000 children in Somerset are admitted to hospital as a result of injuries caused by accidents such as slips, scolds and eating inedible household items – with almost half these injuries (46%) a […]

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To mark World No Tobacco Day this Sunday, (31 May), Public Health and Trading Standards across Devon and Somerset are highlighting their work against the sale of illegal tobacco products in our communities, which is the theme of the day this year. Illegal tobacco continues to be a major problem in the county, with the […]


Somerset volunteers, volunteer organisations, groups and charities are coming together to celebrate this year’s National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). Somerset County Council has once again thrown its support behind the campaign to provide thanks for the vitally important work that volunteers undertake across the county and the nation. As part of this year’s celebrations, voluntary […]

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A life-changing programme to support families in Somerset has successfully helped 870 households with the most complex issues turn their lives round. The Troubled Families programme has been delivered by a partnership of Somerset County Council and the five District Councils and helps families in a number of ways. These range from encouraging children back […]

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Over 130 people spoke to Somerset County Council at the weekend, sharing their views about paving laid in Dunster’s West Street earlier this year. Representatives from the authority were in the village on Saturday to hear people’s opinions about the paving which was part of a wider highways scheme completed earlier this year. Cllr David […]

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Experienced and prospective foster carers are being urged to think if they could offer children and young people a home, and to sign up for a rewarding career fostering with Somerset County Council. There are plenty of plus points to working for a not for profit organisation, says the Council’s Fostering Team. Every foster carer […]


Schools across Somerset are joining forces to raise money for communities affected by the devastating recent earthquakes in Nepal. The idea of a county-wide fundraiser was suggested by the Student Council at the Blue School in Wells and quickly won the support of the two groups that represent primary and secondary school headteachers across Somerset. […]


A lead childminder offering peer support to new and existing childminders on behalf of Somerset County Council has spoken of her love of the profession. Karen Smith, 55, from Frome, first became a childminder when her daughters were young, working from home, as she “didn’t want to miss out on their early years”. The experience […]