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Ryan is a national champion for work supporting vulnerable children

  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. […]

New roles and responsibilities at the County Council

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 […]

Peer review praises revitalised and ambitious County Council

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 […]

Team up for award after app puts vulnerable children in control

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 […]

Blackdown Youth Club achieves quality award

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 […]

Early years careers fair could be your route into childcare

Would-be childminders, nursery assistants and other childcare staff can get priceless advice at a Somerset County Council careers event on 5 June. Anyone interested in working in the early years sector and childcare is urged to come along to the Early Years Careers Fair at the Bridgwater & Taunton College, Taunton Campus in Taunton. Hosted […]

Tips to steer you away from bank holiday roads misery

  Travelling on the nation’s roads during a bank holiday is at best stressful – at worst deadly. So Somerset County Council’s road safety team have put together some helpful tips to help you reach your destination safely. Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “If you’re travelling by car this […]

Signal alterations for main road in Wellington

One of the main routes in Wellington is set for traffic signal alterations, in an attempt to improve capacity of one of its busiest junctions. Somerset County Council will be altering the operation of Longforth Rd Junction as part of its long-term Highways Small Improvement Scheme. It’s being co-ordinated with essential resurfacing, delivered under a […]

Pilton Youth Club achieves quality mark

  A popular youth club serving a rural community in Mendip has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. Pilton Youth Club offers young people from Pilton and the surrounding area a safe and relaxed environment to socialise and unwind in with their friends.  The club offers a range of activities and opportunities such […]

School’s major new £4m extension unveiled

Up to 90 much-needed new primary school places and state-of-the-art facilities have been formally opened at Wincanton Primary School. Thanks to a major Somerset County Council school expansion project, pupils and staff today (Tuesday 10 April), celebrated the official unveiling of their £4 million extension which boasts eight new classrooms, dedicated therapy facilities for children […]