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Red Ensign flies at County Hall to mark Merchant Navy Day

 The Red Ensign is flying at County Hall today in recognition of Merchant Navy Day today. Somerset County Council is joining local authorities across the country in flying the flag, raising awareness of the UK’s on-going dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and remembering the wartime sacrifices they made. The Second World War broke out on […]

Young people in Somerset urged to make their voices heard on big issues

The biggest youth consultation in the UK is underway as young people aged 11-17 across Somerset get ready to vote on the issues that matter most to them. Somerset’s three Members of the Youth Parliament (MYPs) have been right in the thick of the Make Your Mark project and they’ll be debating the top five […]

Feast of activities for children and families in West Somerset

  There’s something for everyone this summer when it comes to family activities in West Somerset. A programme of over 360 events for families and young people – many of them free – has been put together by the West Somerset Local Forum. This is a collective of voluntary organisations which provide support and opportunities […]

Look after your mental health – young people give their essential tips

Young people working with Somerset County Council have come up with essential advice on maintaining good mental health. Mental Health LifeHacks is an online resource for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing.  The project was supported by the Council’s Public Health team to ensure the resource was created by young people for […]

Multi-million pound Special Educational Needs boost

  Educational opportunities for children with Special Education Needs in Somerset have had a big boost from Somerset County Council. A new £600k a state-of-the-art centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has now opened its doors in Taunton, while plans to build a new special school in Taunton (Hazelbrook Campus) and another […]

Make mischief at Somerset libraries

All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read each […]

Council’s customer contact centre is best in South West – it’s official!

Somerset County Council’s Customer Service team has been crowned the best customer contact centre of its size in the region. Triumphing over tough opposition from across the public and private sectors, Somerset Direct netted the South West Contact Centre of the Year Award. As well as being crowned the best in the South West, Somerset […]

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Facing the financial challenge

  Financial sustainability is the top priority, key councillors at Somerset County Council heard this week. On Monday a meeting of the authority’s Cabinet received an update on finances and projected budget pressures for the rest of the financial year. Leader of the Council, Councillor David Fothergill, made it clear that while there are big […]

Interested in one of the most important jobs in the world?

Somerset County Council is promoting career opportunities in the early years and childcare sector. People who work with our youngest children, supporting and inspiring them have some of the most important jobs in the world. Somerset needs more people to work in the early years and childcare sector so we can provide more places and […]

“Nationally renowned” Brookside Academy scoops top awards

A Somerset primary school has claimed two national awards from the prestigious Times Educational Supplement. Brookside Academy in Street won the Alternative Provision and Community & Collaboration awards at the TES Awards ceremony in London. The awards recognise its great provision for children with complex and profound Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities TES said that […]