Author Archives: Michael Wallis

Reading Well for children

Libraries throughout Somerset have a new collection of books aimed specifically at supporting children’s emotional wellbeing. The books focus on helping them understand their feelings and worries and gives support to help them cope with tough times. The ‘Reading Well’ collection has been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and the books are […]

Young Care Leavers get a taste of the world of work

Young people leaving local authority care got a taste of the world of work after recently taking part in a number of work experience opportunities across the county during Somerset County Council’s first ‘Trade Taster Week’. The sessions were all hands on and gave the young people a chance to experience a variety of job […]

Nearly seven thousand Health Checks and counting!

Nearly 7,000 people benefitted from free health checks for the over 40s last year thanks to the service delivered for Somerset County Council and the NHS. And the checks will continue this year, giving anyone over 40 with the chance to have a free check-up every five years, helping identify those at higher risk of […]

Trading Standards introduces Bovine TB information packs for farmers

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards has launched a new information pack giving farmers all the information they need to help safeguard their herd from Bovine TB. The packs provide information on the regulations surrounding Bovine TB and how to access support from organisations like the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Farming Community Network. The […]

Somerset awarded Bronze recognition for its support of the Armed Forces

Somerset County Council has been awarded the Bronze level of Ministry of Defence recognition for its support for the Armed Forces community. The award is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (DERS) that encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme recognises organisations who pledge, demonstrate or advocate […]

Council apprentices in the running for national award

Talent from across Somerset County Council is to be showcased at this year’s PPMA Apprentice of the Year awards next week, with four of the authority’s apprentices shortlisted. Hopefuls attending the forthcoming ceremony come from roles in a number of council services: Melanie Houghton, teaching assistant apprentice, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Primary School […]

Standing together for Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Somerset County Council is supporting a Holocaust Memorial Day event to commemorate victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. The commemoration event will take place at St John the Evangelist Church in Taunton on Monday 27 January, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm. A wreath will be laid during the event, along with music and readings and […]

All aboard the celebration express

It was all aboard the Community Connect Christmas special when West Somerset Village and Community Agents celebrated a great year of connecting communities with a festive West Somerset Railway trip. The steam train trip was just the ticket for around 300 people involved in West Somerset’s Talking Cafés – both those who have benefitted from […]

Avoid unwanted gifts this festive party season

Somerset party goers are being urged to practice safer sex this Christmas and New Year to avoid receiving any unwanted gifts.  The festive season is in full swing and the free-flowing alcohol that often comes with it lowers inhibitions and can make it easy to forget to take adequate precautions – putting people at greater […]

Your Somerset , Winter 2019 – out now…

The Winter edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and available to download now. It’s full of information about the Council, its services and the work we do with our partners to improves lives. This edition showcases investment in robot technology that will be helping absent children get back into the classroom […]