Author Archives: D Porter

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 […]

Work underway to transform health and social care

Plans to review how health and social care is provided across Somerset have been revealed today. Somerset CCG, the organisation that plans and buys healthcare services for Somerset residents, and Somerset County Council, responsible for providing social care services, agreed today at CCGs governing body to work together on a joint programme called “Fit for […]

Young people invited to have their say!

Children and young people across Somerset are being urged to have their say on the future of Somerset libraries services until Wednesday 13 June. Over 3,970 responses to the consultation have been received so far, but the Council wants to hear from more young people. The consultation, which started in January, asks all Somerset residents […]

Severe weather: Icy roads & school closures

Freezing temperatures are expected again overnight with a @metoffice warning in place for ice and hazardous driving conditions expected. We’re treating the network now and will continue to patrol through the night. Schools: We expect most, if not all schools, to open as usual tomorrow, though that is a decision for the individual schools to make. Schools […]

More chance to have your say on Somerset libraries

Somerset residents will have an extra seven weeks to share their views on the County Council’s proposals for its libraries. The closing date for the consultation has been extended from Sunday 22 April to Wednesday 13 June after listening to feedback from the public, partners, Councillors and communities. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Resources […]

Cash grants help West Somerset young people

Children and young people in West Somerset are being granted extra help to get involved in extra-curricular activities. Individuals and groups can apply for grants in an initiative which is part of the Government-funded and Somerset County Council-backed West Somerset Opportunity Area (WSOA). Sport, performance classes, music, gym membership or a visit to the skate […]

Contractor agreed for school expansion

The £9 million expansion of a Taunton special school took a major step forward today after Somerset County Council’s Cabinet agreed a contractor. Last month, a planning application was submitted for an expansion to Selworthy School, which currently caters for both primary and secondary school pupils with special educational needs/disabilities (SEND). The new Selworthy School […]

Cabinet gives Family Support Service the green light

Councillors today gave the green light to plans for a new Family Support Service in Somerset. The County Council’s Cabinet approved two recommendations that pave the way for a new service that aims to make support for families and children as accessible as possible for those who need it most. The decisions follow public consultation […]

Have your say on Somerset Libraries’ services

A 12 week consultation got underway today (Monday 29 January) inviting members of the public, businesses and organisations to have their say on the future delivery of Somerset library services. Nine library area summaries are available to view online at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/librariesconsultation showing proposed options for each of Somerset’s 34 libraries. The summaries give detail of […]