Author Archives: Emily Worthington

Childcare boost for Somerset families thanks to successful bid for £1.5m

Nearly 200 working families across Somerset will have access to an additional 30 hours of free childcare per week, as six projects to extend early years provision in the County are given much-needed funding from government. Somerset County Council worked in partnership with six nurseries and pre-schools in Somerset to successfully bid for a combined […]

Somerset steps up to social work recruitment challenge

Somerset County Council is bidding for funding for a follow-up to its successful initiative to train children’s social workers. In January 2017, the Council will find out if central government has supported its bid to offer the Step Up to Social Work Programme for the second time. The programme encourages anyone with experience of working […]

Employer of Choice award goes to Yeovil B&Q

The Yeovil B&Q store has been awarded an Employer of Choice award for its commitment to employees with Learning Difficulties. Somerset County Council’s ‘Aspire Support for Employment’ service hands out the award to Somerset employers who provide opportunities and support to their employees who have learning disabilities. Aspire helps adults with learning difficulties find employment. […]

More spaces at Somerset’s autism bases

Somerset County Council is making support for children and young people with autism more evenly and readily available across the County. By September 2018, the number of spaces available in autism resources bases will increase from 71 to 91 and all the bases will be managed by schools and located on, or next to, school […]

Businesses at home in Highbridge

New businesses and jobs are on the way for Highbridge next year with the expansion of the town’s Enterprise Centre. Planning permission has been granted to add three more light industrial units on the site which is already home to 17 businesses and 25 jobs. Jointly funded by Somerset County Council and the Heart of […]

Working together to tackle child sexual exploitation

Over 100 professionals from across Somerset came together this week with the aim of working together to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE). Representatives from the police, health organisations, schools and local authorities attended the “practical conference” on Wednesday (30 November), which was organised by Somerset Safeguarding Children Board. Speakers included the Chair of the Board, […]

Owner of Somerset off-licence sold illegal tobacco

The owner of a Bridgwater off-licence has been found guilty of possessing and selling illegal tobacco. Abdullah Ulgut, 46 of Eastover Food and Wine, Eastover, Bridgwater, was sentenced to a three-month curfew order at Taunton Magistrates Court on Tuesday 15 November. Ulgut, who has also been tagged, cannot leave his home in Eastover, between 7pm […]

Car dealer fined for cheating his customers

A used car salesman from South Somerset, who cheated his customers, has been ordered to pay £4,250 in fines and damages. Malvin Price, 35, of The Cypress House Road, Chilton Cantelo, pleaded guilty to two charges of selling ‘misdescribed’ vehicles at a hearing at Yeovil Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 November. The hearing followed an investigation […]

Trustee Week: Give your time as a trustee

Somerset people are being encouraged to support their local community and expand their skills by becoming a trustee during Trustee Week (7 to 13 November 2016). Trustees play a vital role in supporting voluntary and community groups of all sizes in Somerset. There are currently hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds, with lots […]

Chairman thanks Dunster devotees

Dunster was the spectacular backdrop for a service of thanksgiving hosted by the Chairman of Somerset County Council on Sunday 6 November. The event brought the residents of Dunster together to celebrate a number of people who have dedicated themselves to making a difference to their community. The Chairman, Cllr Christine Lawrence, was joined at […]