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 […]

A fire-breathing ‘dragon’ is the latest weapon being used to slay potholes in Somerset. Somerset County Council and its highways contractor Skanska are committed to using new equipment and techniques to reduce costs and improve services. The dragon patcher – so called because it uses flames to dry and heat the road surface – is […]

Somerset Children in Care have helped kick-start a ‘Have a Heart’ campaign in the lead up to National Adoption Week to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted. ‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October and encourages people to consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the […]

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… You can download and read the most recent edition of ‘Your Somerset’ for each of the districts in Somerset here. Your Somerset is distributed to over 234,000 households across Somerset, four times a year and contains news, events and developments of community projects that […]

A Europe-wide event which aims to reduce road deaths is being backed by the road safety team at Somerset County Council. ProjectEDWARD – European Day Without A Road Death – is organised by TISPOL, the European Traffic Police Network. Held this year on Thursday 21 September, the event is backed by 30 different countries and […]

Somerset County Council Libraries are launching a Children’s Big Read to inspire children to love reading. Following the success of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which saw over 7,700 children take part, the Children’s Big Read aims to get as many children as possible across the county reading and talking about the same book. This […]

Somerset County Council Libraries have enjoyed one of their most successful years yet for the Summer Reading Challenge. Over the summer months libraries were filled to the brim with children enjoying books, with an incredible 7,708 children taking part in the challenge, which encourages children to read six library books. The theme of this year’s […]

A devolution deal on a scale ‘dependent on the level of our ambition’ took a ‘very positive’ step closer after Somerset, Devon, Torbay and Plymouth Leaders met Jake Berry MP, the Government Minister with responsibility for devolution, in London yesterday. They describe the meeting as ‘very positive’ in setting out the next steps for a […]

An £8m investment in Somerset children’s futures saw pupils and staff returning after the summer break through the doors of two brand new state of the art primary schools this week. Somerset County Council invested over £8m in building two brand new Primary Schools in Yeovil and Bridgwater, which will provide over 600 school places […]

County Council Leader David Fothergill will meet the skills Minister next week to lobby against a major funding cut to Somerset’s biggest adults training provider. SS&L, formerly known as Somerset Skills and Learning, announced this week that it faces a financial shortfall of around £3m due to a dramatic drop in funding from the Education […]

Somerset County Council’s road safety team is urging road users to look out for one another ahead of National Cycle to Work Day. Next Wednesday (13 Sep) is National Cycle to Work Day with people across Somerset urged to leave the car behind and commute by bike instead. Cllr John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet […]