Author Archives: Caroline Cook

Somerset produce put to the test

Somerset local food and drink producers have been put to the test, as part of a programme of annual food sample tests. Trading Standards officers from Somerset, Devon and Torbay have been carrying out the programme in line with Food Law code of practice, to ensure that food is properly described, compliant with required labelling, […]

Somerset Kebab shops warned over allergen information

Kebab shops in Somerset, Devon and Torbay are being warned they must do more to give allergen information to customers. Inspections by Somerset, Devon and Torbay Trading Standards Service found over 40% of kebab takeaways failed to comply with Food Information laws, designed to keep consumers safe from allergens. Between May 2018 and March 2019, […]

Mind the gap – come talk to us about fostering

Come talk to us during Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 to Sunday 26 May) and find out how you can ‘mind the gap’ between the high number of Somerset children we have in care and the number of foster carers needed. Somerset does not have enough foster carers to meet demand. We have over 500 […]

Quentin Blake’s Magic comes to Somerset Libraries

The Librarian Theatre is touring Somerset Libraries this Summer, presenting ‘The Green Ship’ by Quentin Blake  The theatre production of the book is their first ever stage adaptation; they are undertaking an epic 50-show tour of the play between 1st May and 30th June 2019, around UK public libraries including four in Somerset. Sue Crowley, […]

You’re never too old to put a spring in your step, so why not get active this Easter?

Growing older doesn’t have to be all slippers and crossword puzzles, so why not ditch the Easter eggs and chocolates and get active this Easter instead? Research shows that regular physical activity boosts people’s physical and mental health and keeps older people mobile and independent. A range of activities designed to help older people get […]

Blueprint to improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset

Children and young people today helped launch a document that will shape the way Somerset County Council and its partners support them over the next three years. The voices of children and young people have been central to the creation of the Children and Young People’s plan for 2019-22 which outlines the challenges and dangers […]

Flying the Flag for LGBT Fostering

Somerset County Council flew the rainbow flag at County Hall this week, to mark LGBT Fostering week. Somerset County Council joined forces with other local authorities also flying LGBT flags, offering a symbol of support for those in the LGBT community, who want to make a difference to children’s lives. Caroline and her partner Liz […]

New Local Offer for Somerset Care leavers

  Somerset Care leavers can now benefit from even more advice, support and guidance to help give them the best start into adulthood. Somerset County Council has been working with care leavers, to develop a new Somerset ‘Local Offer’ website for young people which will help care leavers from 16 to 25 years, understand […]

How to Stay Well This Winter

Getting your flu jab and self care are still the best way to stay well this winter, health professionals advise. If you are eligible for an NHS flu jab and haven’t had one yet, ask your GP surgery or Pharmacy. Winter is a particularly busy time for the NHS so to help alleviate pressure on […]

Somerset School Children win prizes for Fostering Christmas Cards

A seven-year-old from Eastover Primary School, has won a county wide Christmas card competition, for her design encouraging more people to foster children in Somerset. Pupils at Selworthy School won the over-12s category, and also a special group award. Phoebe Hilyer from Bridgwater was overall winner in a competition open to schools across Somerset. Selworthy […]