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With hot weather expected over the next few days, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for vulnerable friends and neighbours. The Met Office has issued a Heat Health Alert Level 2. Forecasters have stated there is a 60 per cent risk of a temperatures being high enough on at least […]

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Episode Two of an enthusiastic Somerset Fostering couple’s new, documentary-style fostering video blog, giving an insight into their fostering experiences, can now be watched online. Somerset County Council Foster Carers, Trudy and Matt Patch, have recorded their second “v-log” on why having a strong support network in fostering is so important to them. In it, […]

Shane and Ellen

At the end of a very successful year, the first ever Young People’s Champions to work for Somerset County Council’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Engagement and Participation Team are heading to University. Somerset has developed this pioneering way of working, providing work experience to young people and giving them the opportunity to shape […]

Giulia Pridmore and Gregg Liddington

The progress, positivity and achievements of Somerset children and young people looked after have been celebrated at their Annual Achievement Awards. Somerset County Cllr Leigh Redman, Carolyn Drew, Sue White and BBC Somerset presenter Ben McGrail. 240 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from Somerset County Council foster carers, schools, social and youth […]

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Somerset County Council, working in partnership with local schools, are celebrating two years since the introduction of free school meals for pupils in Somerset. In that time parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 have been able to send their children off to school in the knowledge they will receive a quality, healthy […]


Nine young adults with learning disabilities are celebrating their graduation from a pioneering work experience scheme at Musgrove Park Hospital. The group graduated at a ceremony held at the hospital this week. The scheme, called Project SEARCH, is a one-year programme of on-the-job training that gives people with learning disabilities an opportunity to develop skills […]

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Young people from fifteen Somerset schools and young people’s groups are taking part in the UK’s largest youth consultation on Friday 12 August 2016. Members of Somerset’s UK Youth Parliament – which is coordinated by Somerset County Council – have been working hard to encourage county schools and youth groups to commit to participate in […]


Over a hundred people representing more than 90 local businesses took part in a Google Digital Garage masterclass last week, hosted by Somerset County Council’s library service. An expert from Google was welcomed to Taunton Library’s ‘Glass Box’ last Thursday to share their know-how on how Somerset businesses and budding entrepreneurs can use the internet […]

Nursery World Awards

Two early years professionals from Somerset have made it to the finals of the the annual Nursery World Awards. Rachel Parish and Rebecca Lihou were both nominated by the Early Years Team at Somerset County Council for their dedication to the children and the families they work with. Rachel and Rebecca’s nominations are supported by […]


A new online mapping system to help people find their way around Somerset’s extensive rights of way network has been launched by Somerset County Council. Explore Somerset is now available at and allows users to plan their route across all 9,000 public rights of way in Somerset. The interactive system can also be used […]