Somerset County Council is today (Monday 17 July) joining authorities across the South West in a campaign to champion careers in care. The Proud to Care initiative will be raising the profile of care and the positive role of care workers across the county in a drive to encourage recruitment in the sector. Care providers […]

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is supporting the national Think! campaign to highlight the danger of still being over the legal limit the morning after a night out drinking. Commonly held beliefs that a cup of coffee, a cold shower or a big fried breakfast will sober you up are false – they may […]

County Hall in Taunton shone a ‘shining a light’ on the great work of The Samaritans in preventing suicide this week. The historic building shone a green solar light on Monday night (24th July ) to show support for the ‘round the clock’ work The Samaritans carry out to prevent suicide. The charity’s national 24/7 […]

A key bus service between Wells and Burnham-on-Sea will continue until at least March next year thanks to a second pioneering partnership. The 67 service was due to end today (21 July) but after months of meetings and discussions between Somerset County Council and eight parishes, an agreement has been reached that will see the […]

Volunteer drivers and couple, Mick and Jenny, talk on film about how they got started and what they enjoy about driving people to their important appointments. They have been volunteer drivers for over two years. Jenny said: “We feel like we are really making a difference. It’s an expensive area we live in for people […]

The A378 Langport Road will be closed for five weeks over the summer holidays for essential drainage improvements. The section of the road between Wrantage and Fivehead, known locally as Mile Hill, has been susceptible to flooding in recent times with surface water on the carriageway during times of bad weather. Work is due to […]

Money

Somerset County Council is on track to deliver £7m of back office savings with more to come as it works to balance its budget, councillors heard today. (19 July). Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, updated Full Council this morning on progress towards finding the £18m of savings required this financial year. This follows […]

A new, free book collection launches on Monday 24 July in Somerset Libraries to support people living with a long term health condition. Part of a national ‘Reading Well’ initiative, Somerset Libraries are launching the collection to provide people living with long term conditions, and their carers, with high-quality book based information, support and advice […]

Volunteers are urged to step forward to provide support and help to young carers across Somerset. A Young Carer is anyone under 18 who provides regular care by helping to maintain the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person they care for – as well as the wider family. The Council is looking for […]

Foster Carers and the young people they care for are being encouraged to stay together longer, to help give young care leavers a smoother journey into adulthood. Brother and sister – Dale, 19, and Kaleigh, 17 – have thrived growing up with their Foster family in Somerset. In this short video, they talk about why […]

Teams will be working night and day to upgrade drainage on a key road into Yeovil later this month. The A30 Sherborne Road will be closed from around 3am on Tuesday 25 July for seven days for the installation of new pipes and gullies under the highway. Due to the need for deep excavations in […]