Author Archives: D Porter

Tell us your views on health and care

On Monday (15 October) the first of a number of county-wide events takes place to hear local people’s views on health and care in Somerset, and explore how it could change in future. Somerset CCG, the NHS acute hospital trusts, Somerset Partnership (mental and community health services), and Somerset County Council have jointly launched a […]

A healthier Somerset fit for the future

Today, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Somerset County Council announced a series of public drop-in sessions across the county to hear from local people about the kind of health and care service they’d like to see in the future. Dr Rosie Benneyworth, clinical lead and director of the Fit for my Future programme, is […]

Get the Facts on Fostering – New Website Launches

Real life stories and myth-busting facts are at the heart of a new website encouraging more people to foster with Somerset County Council. Many people considering fostering think about it long before making an enquiry and do lots of research online. The newly launched http://www.fosteringinsomerset.org.uk website from the Somerset County Council fostering service ‘Fostering in […]

Could you help and support a young person?

Volunteers who can speak up for and support young people are being sought by Somerset County Council. Adults are needed across the County to give a helping hand to children and young people who may need a bit of extra support by becoming advocates or ‘independent visitors’ through the Council’s Route 1 advocacy service. Advocates […]

Take A Virtual Library Tour

Virtual tours of the public space in every Somerset library are now available to view online. The virtual tours were put together as a way of testing a recently acquired 360° camera, which will soon be available to use in the Glass Box, an innovation and enterprise space in Taunton Library. Councillor David Hall, Somerset […]

Next steps for libraries set out

Over 7,000 Somerset residents and organisations took part in a 19-week library service redesign consultation, Somerset County Council’s Scrutiny Committee heard today. A presentation on the top-level consultation results was delivered to Scrutiny Committee Members showing that 7,015 responses were in total received from a wide section of communities across Somerset. Survey respondents were asked […]

Last chance to have your say

Only days are left for residents to have their say on the future delivery of library services across Somerset. Somerset County Council launched a consultation on how they propose to deliver library services across the County going forward back in January. Thousands have had their say, but with the consultation due to end next Wednesday […]

Ready to help make mischief?

Volunteers are needed to pass along their love of reading to children and young people during this year’s ‘Mischief Maker’s’ Summer Reading Challenge taking place across all Somerset Libraries. Last year over 7,700 Somerset children and young people took part in the Challenge, which encourages them to read at least six books over the summer […]

Thank you, Volunteers!

A number of celebratory events and activities are planned to take place during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to thank and honour Somerset’s thousands of unsung heroes. Volunteers are invaluable in improving lives, giving as little or as much of their time to help others, the environment and communities. Evidence also shows volunteering is good […]

Time is running out to have your say

Anyone with an interest in Somerset’s libraries has one more month to take part in the County Council’s consultation on the future of its Library Service. The consultation ends on Wednesday, 13 June and more than 4,000 responses have been received so far. Somerset County Council is keen for anyone yet to complete the questionnaire […]