Author Archives: D Porter

All The Best On A-Level Results Day

Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families joins family and friends to wish A level students the best of luck when receiving their results today (Thursday 17 August). Cllr Nicholson said: “Whilst summer can be a great time to relax and holiday for many of us, let’s not forget our students across the […]

MEDIA INVITE: Suicide and Mental Health in the Media

Members of the Somerset media are invited to a FREE workshop and discussion about suicide and mental health in the media. With expert speakers, the event will enable journalists to reflect and build on their existing skills and be better equipped to cover suicide and mental health stories in an accurate, safe and, ultimately, more […]

Council Welcomes New A358 Route Consultation

Somerset County Council welcomes Highway England’s decision for a second consultation on the proposed route of a new road connecting the A358 near West Hatch Lane with the M5 after listening to feedback. Highways England’s initial consultation ended on 16 July where Somerset County Council strongly reiterated its support for improvements to the A358/A303/A30 corridor, […]

Volunteer To Help Young Carers

Volunteers are urged to step forward to provide support and help to young carers across Somerset. A Young Carer is anyone under 18 who provides regular care by helping to maintain the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person they care for – as well as the wider family. The Council is looking for […]

Parents Encouraged To Apply For Up To 30 hours of funded childcare

Somerset County Council is encouraging working parents to apply for up to 30 hours of funded childcare for three and four year olds. From September 2017, the Government is doubling the amount of funded childcare hours from 15 hours to 30 hours a week (for 38 weeks each year). The additional hours will support working […]

Read The Books & Catch The Crook

Somerset libraries are inviting children to help the Animal Agents – a bunch of furry, slippery and feathered friends – solve a mystery in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. To take part all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read […]

Opportunities for ‘hidden’ vulnerable, young jobseekers

Somerset County Council is encouraging the county’s employers to think about the job opportunities available for young people who have additional support needs. The Council co-hosted an employer event in Taunton last week, where young people talked frankly to Somerset employers about the obstacles they face getting and staying in work and their future aspirations. […]

Tell Us About Your Library

Somerset’s library users and non-users are urged to take part in the latest library customer satisfaction survey. Launched on Monday (24 July), the results from the survey will inform Somerset County Council what’s important to library users and how the Council can help customers make the most of library services going forward. Questions include how […]

Love Reading? Then volunteer!

Volunteers are needed to pass on their love of reading to younger generations in this year’s animal-themed Summer Reading Challenge, taking place in all Somerset libraries. Volunteers need to be aged 13 and over, have an interest in reading and be able to give up some of their spare time over the summer holidays (between […]

New Farm Classroom Tackling Childhood Obesity

A new farm classroom designed to help tackle childhood obesity was officially opened by Somerset County Council this month. The new classroom called The SHED@Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton, will help school children and young people understand the link between school meals, food production, cooking and healthy eating. It will also be used as a […]