Author Archives: Andrew Doyle

Schools and early years providers work to extend provision

Schools and early years providers across Somerset are working hard on preparations to extend provision to more children after half term. Having worked closely with education leaders on how to sensibly and safely bring about the Government’s proposals, Somerset County Council accepts that from 1 June not all settings will be able to offer full […]

Government proposals on staged return of early years and school children

Somerset County Council is currently working closely with education leaders following the Government’s announcement that early years providers/nurseries, schools and colleges may be asked to extend provision to more pupils with effect from 1 June. This step is conditional upon key indicators set by the Government based on the national COVID-19 situation. It applies initially […]

Pulling together to get food to vulnerable families in time of crisis

Struggling families in West Somerset are getting food delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to volunteers and community groups working together. Food parcels are being distributed to households in some of Somerset’s most deprived areas in a joint initiative involving volunteer groups, led by community youth hub Minehead EYE with the support […]

Tell us what you love about our county for #SomersetDay or draw a dragon

It’s Somerset Day on 11 May and although it’s not the time for events or gatherings, we can still celebrate our fabulous Somerset together virtually. Somerset County Council will be joining the festivities online and asking people to tell us why they love Somerset using the #SomersetDay and #SomersetProud hashtags on Twitter or Instagram. Tell […]

Coronavirus testing centre – by appointment only

Testing for the coronavirus continues over the weekend in Somerset but please be aware this is for key workers by appointment only. Bookings for tests must be made via the Government portal  – please do not turn up without a booking as you will not be tested. The Taunton centre is open from 10am to […]

Council staff take on new roles to lead Somerset’s coronavirus response

More than 1,100 Somerset County Council staff have signed up to be redeployed in vital new roles during the coronavirus emergency. From joining adult social care teams to distributing nearly a million items of PPE, staff are temporarily leaving their ‘day jobs’ in other departments and taking on fresh roles where the need is greatest […]

Young people helped to stay on course with DofE programme

Hundreds of young people across Somerset are being supported to continue their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award activities throughout the coronavirus emergency. The DofE Team, from Somerset County Council’s Support Services for Education , is continuing to work closely with all the 58 Somerset schools and colleges, the children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) […]

Super schools go the extra mile to deliver a square meal and wrap-around care

Up to 1,000 food parcels per week are set to be delivered to the homes of pupils across the county over the next fortnight by Somerset County Council Transport. The vital deliveries will supplement the efforts of many school sites continuing to provide hot meals and/or vouchers to eligible children  – while they also  provide […]

Schools and National Park Rangers think inside the box to feed families

Remote households in the wilds of Exmoor are getting vital food supplies delivered to their door during the coronavirus emergency thanks to some innovative teamwork. The Moorland Federation of Schools is working with Exmoor National Park Authority to help those families who live miles from any supermarket – with teachers joining forces with National Park […]

Projects paused as authorities respond to Coronavirus

Several major projects are being unavoidably paused or delayed as councils and health services deal with the impacts of the Coronavirus emergency. Reduced staffing, redeployment of staff to support the vulnerable, supply chain disruption and the impacts of self-isolation and travel restrictions are all having an impact. Together they mean some key pieces of work […]