Author Archives: D Porter

Street Library to reopen in new location

Street Library will reopen its doors to the public in new location, Street Parish Rooms,  on Wednesday 29 May at 9.30am. A temporary agreement was put in place at the end of April between Street Parish Council, the Friends of Street Library group and Somerset County Council to jointly run the library together, pending the […]

Sense-ational pop-up shop opens in Yeovil and is awards finalist!

Last year a sen.se Sational shop run by young people with stock created by pupils from special schools across Somerset opened in Taunton— now it’s happening in Yeovil. The brain child of an organisation called sen.se, which represents Somerset’s special schools, the shop was a big success in Taunton and well received by the public, […]

Gateway Park & Ride Site Reopens Tomorrow

Normal business will resume with commuters able to return to the Gateway Park & Ride site tomorrow (Tuesday) after illegally camped travellers left the site this afternoon. Gateway Park & Ride was closed today (Monday) on safety and security grounds after a number of travellers illegally entered the site late Friday afternoon. A legal notice […]

Gateway Park & Ride closed tomorrow

Please note that Gateway Park & Ride site is closed tomorrow (Monday) on the grounds of safety and security after travellers illegally set up camp at the site late on Friday. Gateway buses will continue to operate between the Town Centre and Blackbrook Park as normal and alternative facilities are available at Silk Mills Park […]

Put a ‘Spring’ in your step – Volunteer!

Adopt a path, drive people to vital medical appointments, help in a library or help out in Somerset’s outdoor activity centres – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to put a spring in your step this spring. With the launch of Somerset County Council’s new dedicated volunteering website (https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk), it couldn’t be easier with all […]

Make today the day to quit smoking

Support is available across Somerset to give up smoking, and there’s no better time to make ‘today the day’ with national No Smoking Day this week. Taking place on Wednesday 13 March, the campaign’s focus is ‘today is the day’, highlighting the variety of reasons and benefits people give up smoking. These include improving lifestyle, […]

Stay strong and steady to help prevent a fall

Research confirms that anyone wanting to reduce their risk of having a fall will benefit from attending local Stay Strong Stay Steady classes to improve strength and balance. The classes, a joint venture between Age UK Somerset and Somerset County Council, provide an opportunity to meet others whilst building and maintaining strength, balance and confidence […]

New Monthly Social Group for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Make new friends, have your say and have fun are the key aims of a new Taunton monthly peer support group for adults with learning disabilities launching this month. Taking place in Taunton Library, the first meeting is due to take place on 15 March from 11am to 12.30pm and is free to attend. As […]

Share your experiences of health visiting services in Somerset

Parents of young children in Somerset are being asked to share their views and experiences about the health visiting services they have received in the County, to help shape the service going forward. The county’s independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Somerset wants to find out about parents of under 5s experience of the […]

Somerset schools supporting Mental Health

Over 60 Somerset schools have signed up to the County Council’s approach to supporting young people’s wellbeing and mental health. This week is Children’s Mental Health Awareness week (4 – 10 February) and with 10 per cent of pupils known to have a clinically diagnosed mental health issue (DfE 2015), the Council recognises the importance […]