Author Archives: D Porter

Communities supported to find local solutions

  More and more communities across Somerset are working with Somerset County Council to find local solutions to local issues such as loneliness, transport and care in the community. Wivey Cares approached the Council for help and support to set up as a charitable organisation, wanting to help meet the needs of people living in […]

More Breastfeeding Support for Somerset families

More breastfeeding support is available for new mums and families across Somerset in a drive to help them build close and loving relationships with their baby through breastfeeding and other positive practices. It’s National Breastfeeding Week this week (Thursday 20 to Wednesday 26 June), and breastfeeding is scientifically proven to benefit both mum and baby. […]

Somerset Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

  Four voluntary groups in Somerset have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Forum 21, Portishead in Bloom, Somerset Sight and the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership have all been recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the lives of others in […]

Step forward and volunteer

‘Step forward, volunteer and you’ll never regret it’ says Somerset County Council Leader, Cllr David Fothergill, this National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). This echoes the many comments from some of the County Council’s 175 volunteer drivers who say they find volunteer driving ‘rewarding’, ‘fulfilling’ and ‘satisfying’. Volunteer drivers take people who are unable to drive […]

Join The Bridgwater Way – and find out how walking pays

Join The Bridgwater Way team at the Big Lunch and Music Festival in Wilstock Park on 1 June and learn how BetterPoints ‘pays’ to walk. Bridgwater residents are encouraged to download The Bridgwater Way’s BetterPoints App, which awards points for walking, running and cycling. Points can then be converted into retail vouchers which can be […]

Put on your PJs for library Pyjamarama!

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking […]

Pass on your love of reading

Volunteers are needed this summer to pass their love of reading to Somerset children during this year’s Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge, taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year, over 7,400 children took part in the challenge in Somerset and this couldn’t have been achieved without the help of volunteers. Volunteers need to be […]

Join Together For Dementia

Join the 20,000 people across Somerset who are already Dementia Friends – or encourage local communities to become ‘dementia friendly’ – and improve lives this Dementia Action Week (20-26 May). With over 9,000 people in Somerset estimated to have dementia and around 6,500 people caring for someone with dementia; most people know someone affected. Having […]

British Empire Medal for West Somerset Car Scheme Founder

The founder of the West Somerset Car Scheme Partnership was honoured on Friday 10 May with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community. At a special ceremony held at Taunton Museum’s Castle House, Jean Humber from Withycombe was awarded the British Empire Medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw. Jean […]

How’s your smile?

‘National Smile Month’ starts this week – and Somerset County Council is joining the national campaign for better oral health after figures reveal almost one fifth of Somerset’s five-year olds (19%) have decayed, missing or filled teeth. Somerset County Council is committed to seeing this figure decrease and improved oral health for everyone across Somerset. […]