A Somerset teenager has scooped a national award for championing an app for the County Council that helps alleviate young people’s anxiety. Ryan Leakey was crowned Mind of My Own(MOMO)champion of the year for his role in supporting the use of the app within the Council’s Children’s  Services at an awards ceremony in Birmingham. […]

Somerset County Council is asking everyone to help make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia. In the UK, one person develops dementia every three minutes, yet too many people living with dementia face the condition alone and feel excluded from their local communities and wider society. Dementia Action Week, led by […]

A mini-roundabout will be installed on Preston Road in Yeovil next week as a trial while work on the Western Corridor scheme continues. The Western Corridor scheme is a multi-million pound package of improvements by Somerset County Council to increase the capacity of several junctions and upgrade links for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also […]

Several new appointments to key roles within Somerset County Council were approved this morning (16 May). At its Annual General Meeting, the County Council voted to appoint a new Chair of the Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor. Cllr Taylor was elected to the Council in 2017 and represents the Cheddar division. The Council also approved appointments […]

Local Government experts have recognised significant improvements and commended management and leadership at Somerset County Council. The Council invited a Corporate Peer Challenge from the Local Government Association as part of its commitment to continued development and improvement. The team of senior staff from other local authorities visited in March and the feedback report published […]

Anyone with an interest in Somerset’s libraries has one more month to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of its Library Service. The consultation ends on Wednesday, 13 June and more than 4,000 responses have been received so far. Somerset County Council is keen for anyone yet to complete the questionnaire […]

Somerset County Council’s use of a new piece of technology that helps alleviate young people’s anxiety has put it in line for a national award. Mind of My Own is an app used by children in care, care leavers and their social workers to share good news and sort out problems. It allows children to […]

A popular youth club near Taunton run by community volunteers has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Blackdown Youth Club in Corfe, now in its fourth year, offers a range of activities as well as exploring topics like healthy eating and social media safety. The club provides a safe and relaxed place for […]

The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’s (AONB) volunteer service is joining forces with Somerset County Council’s Fostering Team to help the search for more foster carers in Somerset. This year’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight’ campaign (14 – 27 May) will not only focus on the urgent need for Somerset based foster carers, but also […]

Somerset County Council is encouraging anyone who supports children or young people in any way to complete a free, e-learning module to learn how to protect children’s smiles. The module launches today in celebration of Smile Month (14th May to 14th June 2018).  It is quick and easy to do and there is a certificate […]