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Council leads the way in recruiting inspired future social workers

  Somerset County Council has overseen a big increase in people switching careers to become social workers in a ground-breaking programme. The authority leads the regional Step-up-To Social Work initiative which enables people to qualify as social workers on a fast-track course providing they have a degree. The Government-funded course has attracted teachers and those […]

We celebrate our dedicated and caring staff on World Social Work Day

  Award-winning members of staff are helping Somerset County Council highlight the incredible commitment of social workers this month. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the council’s work. And today, on World Social Work Day  (20 March) the authority will join the international celebration […]

Council gives helping hand to CSE awareness campaign

Somerset County Council is backing this month’s National CSE Awareness Day. Taking place this Sunday, 18 March, the day aims to improve understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) so the public can help all the organization involved in safeguarding children. Work to stop CSE in Somerset is led by the Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Board (SSCB) […]

Pupils’ day to remember at £7.4 million school’s official opening

Pupils and staff where joined by Somerset County Council’s leader  as they celebrated the official opening of their new state-of-the-art school in Bridgwater. Northgate Primary School was built with funding from Somerset County Council and EDF. Part of the Clevedon Learning Trust (CLT) family, the £7.4 million facility will eventually cater for 420 pupils in […]

Children’s futures blooming at new nursery in Taunton

A new nursery has opened its doors on the site of a Taunton garden centre thanks to a unique partnership between a local charity which supports the Royal Marines and Somerset County Council. The Brambles nursery opened early this month on the Wyevale Garden Centre in Pen Elm, close to Norton Manor Camp, the current […]

Milford Youth Club achieves quality award

A popular Yeovil youth club has achieved Somerset County Council’s ‘Safe and Welcoming’ award. The Milford Youth Club attracts a large number of young people from Milford and the surrounding communities. It offers an extensive range of activities and opportunities, as well as a safe and relaxed atmosphere where young people can unwind with their […]

Park and ride bus service in Taunton stopping due to bad weather

Park and ride services in Taunton will not be running today (Friday March 2). Both car parks – Gateway and Silk Mills are open until and there are a number of abandoned vehicles in each. The service is expected to run as normal from Monday (March 5) – please check for confirmation on the day.

Vital bus links are kept running thanks to parish partnership

Two valued bus services in West Somerset are continuing to run thanks to the joint efforts of parish councils, Somerset County Council and local operators. New operators Atwest and Ridlers Coaches are picking up the number 10 Porlock to Minehead and 11 Minehead town service after Buses of Somerset recently announced that it would be […]

Council aims to tackle childminder shortage

Somerset County Council is launching a new campaign to tackle a childminder shortage across the county. The number of childminders in Somerset has fallen dramatically year upon year, in line with what is a national picture. In response the Council has been working hard to boost the numbers and is launching a new initiative aimed […]

New initiative gets children and young people’s voices heard

A new initiative will ensure children and young people get the opportunity to have their voices heard and have an influence in the way services are delivered in Somerset. It’s all thanks to a newly developed set of readily available online tools which will ensure they get their voices heard and fully participate in consultations […]