Author Archives: Emily Worthington

Last call for would-be councillors

Would-be County Councillors have just one week left to put themselves forward for Somerset County Council elections in May. The deadline for nominations is 4pm on Tuesday, 4 April and there are 55 seats available to be filled when the county goes to the ballot box on 4 May. Each seat is a chance to […]

Torbay joins Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service

The joint Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service has now welcomed Torbay to the mix. This will be the first time three English Trading Standards services have merged into a single shared service. The plan gives all three councils ‘greater clout’ at a time of significant financial pressure, regulatory change and increasing demand. Devon County […]

Care Leaver among those celebrating 10th National Apprenticeship Week

A care leaver who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Somerset County Council has spoken about how the opportunity has changed his future career ambitions. Tommy Wardle, a 25-year-old Apprentice Business Support Officer, is one of 37 apprentices currently working for Somerset County Council. He works with the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Commissioning Team […]

Charltons Youth Club is ‘safe and welcoming’

The Charltons Youth Club in Charlton Adam has received Somerset County Council’s  ‘Safe and Welcoming’ Award in recognition for its safe practices and popular appeal to young people. A number of volunteers support this thriving club, which enables young people in the Charlton Mackrell and Charlton Adam communities to meet socially and enjoy a range […]

Children say thank you to social workers

Two Children’s Social Care workers from Somerset have been honoured for their outstanding work with children and young people in the county. Maxine Morgan, a Social Worker based in the Mendip area, and Kerry Waters, a Leaving Care Worker based in South Somerset, were both presented with the Children’s Worker of the Year Award last […]

Secondary school admissions rise

Over 97 per cent of Somerset’s children were offered a Secondary School place at one of their top three school choices, figures released by Somerset County Council show today. This is a slight increase on last year’s figure of 96.9 per cent – despite an increase in applications. This year Somerset County Council received 4,517 […]

Proposals to expand Ilminster school – have your say

Parents and the local community are invited to comment proposals to relocate an Ilminster school. The plans to move and expand Greenfylde First School have been announced by Somerset County Council in order to meet the expected demand for school places in the area. At the moment the school is located on Silver Street and […]

Ofsted finds that outcomes for Somerset children are improving

Somerset County Council’s services for vulnerable children and young people are improving, according to the latest feedback from Ofsted. The letter from inspectors follows a ‘monitoring visit’ last month which looked at how the authority works with children and young people in need of help and protection. It identifies areas of strength and areas where […]

Somerset’s successful second bid to train new children’s social workers

A partnership of South West local authorities led by Somerset County Council has successfully bid for Government funding to train a further 49 children’s social workers. The Government’s Step Up to Social Work programme encourages graduates with experience of working with children and young people to train for social work. Student social workers are placed […]