Somerset County Council are encouraging anyone who may have put themselves at risk of getting the HIV virus to have a simple finger-prick test. The ‘Give HIV the finger’ campaign is targeting people who are the most at-risk of HIV – men who have sex with men and black African men and women – as […]

Drop-in sessions seeking views on proposals to change the some of the support available to children and families in Somerset are underway. Somerset County Council is consulting on a potential change to the support offered by its getset Service. The sessions are a chance to discuss the proposals and give feedback. The team has visited […]

County Hall in Taunton will be going poppy-red for the next three days as Somerset County Council gives its support to Remembrance Day commemorations. The Lest We Forget Flag has been flying at County Council HQ all week and the building will be lit red on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. On Sunday, Remembrance Day […]

Somerset County Council’s road safety team are urging parents and carers to ensure their children travel in correctly sized and fitted car seats.  A recent survey carried out by the consumer magazine Which? and Good Egg Safety, a leading UK in-car child safety initiative, found that almost 90% of retailers weren’t asking consumers the key […]

With Remembrance Day momentum building across the country, members of the public will be warmly welcomed at this week’s official dedication of the Somerset Wood. The ceremony will start at 3pm on Friday, 9 November at the site between Monkton Heathfield and the east of Nerrols Farm, near Taunton, and anyone with an interest is […]

Somerset County Council will end its role in community leisure services once its current contract expires, if published recommendations are approved. The Council’s ten-year contract with 1610 Limited to provide community leisure services on eight school sites across the county expires at the end of March 2019. The County Council has no statutory responsibility to […]

Somerset County Council is launching a Christmas card design competition across Schools in Somerset to help the search for more foster carers.  Christmas is a particularly difficult time for children in care. Great foster carers can make their lives a little easier and help them towards a brighter future. Pupils are being encouraged to think […]

Somerset County Council is seeking views on proposals to change the support it provides to some children and families. The proposals would stop the Council’s getset Service contribution to support for families needing a little extra help – usually short-term – to tackle a particular problem and get back on track. Support provided by other […]

An extra £22,000 a year to help support communities to run library buildings, and a commitment to retain nineteen Somerset County Council libraries was approved today. Somerset County Council’s Cabinet made the final decision on how libraries services will be delivered across Somerset in future agreeing nineteen library buildings will be retained by the County […]

Work to modernise learning disability support is being brought forward with the closure of the Six Acres Day Centre in Taunton next year. Somerset County Council and the Discovery social enterprise are committed to a more inclusive, creative approach to Day Services. The nine Day Centres across the county are being reviewed with the aim […]