Author Archives: D Porter

Have Fun At FREE Family Fun Day

Have fun, get information and meet others at a FREE family fun day for children and young people with a disability or additional need taking place in Street in July. Organised by Somerset County Council and taking place on Saturday 1 July from 10am to 2pm at Brookside Academy in Street, children and young people […]

STAR Volunteers Crowned

Five district STAR volunteer winners were crowned during National Volunteers’ Week last week recognising the invaluable time and commitment they give to their local community. Voluntary organisations and members of the public were asked in February to nominate ‘Somerset Star’ volunteers who deserve special recognition for the voluntary work they do. Over 70 STAR volunteer […]

Mums wanted as Volunteer Breastfeeding Champions

Mums are urged to step forward to become new volunteer Breastfeeding Champions in a bid to encourage other mums to breastfeed, continue breastfeeding and help support Infant Feeding Groups across Somerset The new volunteer role launched this week by Somerset County Council is in direct response to mums saying they wanted more breastfeeding support from […]

Over 1000 Children Dance In Festival

More than 1,000 Somerset primary school children will be celebrating the annual Folk Dance Festival on Wells Cathedral Green this weekend. Now in its 43rd year, the Somerset Schools’ Folk Dance Festival is being held on Saturday 17 June, with 53 schools participating. The schools meet at St Cuthbert’s Church yard, travel up the High […]

Celebrating Foster Carers Awards Event

The incredible hard work and dedication of local foster carers has been recognised at a special awards event this month. Over 70 foster carers attended the awards ceremony, held on Friday 9 June, having collectively given over 205 years to help improve the lives of children and young people in Somerset. Jane and Roy Bollen […]

Thousands volunteer at Somerset County Council

A record number of volunteers are helping support Somerset residents and communities in a variety of Somerset County Council services. As National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) gets underway, latest figures show over 4,500 volunteers give up some of their spare time to help support over 25 Somerset County Council volunteering roles. From volunteer drivers who […]

Help Vulnerable People In Custody

Volunteers are needed to help support young people or vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team is appealing for more volunteers to act as ‘Appropriate Adults’ helping young people or vulnerable adults understand what is happening to them whilst in police custody and why. Appropriate adults support and ensure […]

There’s Still Time To Thank Somerset’s Volunteers

There’s still time to thank Somerset’s unsung heroes by nominating them for a Somerset Star Volunteer Award. Nominations are open from now until Friday 21 April 2017 and anyone can put forward individuals and volunteer groups who go that extra mile in their communities. Somerset County Council is proud once again to work with Somerset […]

Stronger Links Forged in South Somerset

Two schemes forging stronger links in two military communities in South Somerset are set to benefit after receiving over £27,000 from the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Fund (AFC). Based at the Balsam Centre, ‘Hub2’ will receive £19,860 to initially benefit residents living on the Deansley Way Estate, Wincanton, where 40 per cent of […]

Somerset’s Lucy Visits Downing Street

Somerset County Council’s Lucy Wilkins inspired the next generation of apprentices during the tenth anniversary of National Apprenticeship Week, before ending the week with a visit to Number Ten Downing Street. Lucy, who was registered deaf from birth and is also losing her sight due to a condition known as Usher Syndrome, first became a […]