Author Archives: Julia Richards

Hospital stays reduced thanks to Home First

A new social care and health initiative in Somerset has already helped hundreds of people return safely home earlier from hospital. Since the initiative launched in September over 300 people have been supported to move on from hospital sooner and average stays in hospital have been reduced by five days for each person. As soon […]

Over 60 per cent of calls resolved first time to keep you independent

More people are having their care needs successfully met on their first phone call to the County Council, thanks to Somerset’s innovative new ways of working. Around 60 per cent of Adult Social Care phone enquiries to the Council’s customer services, Somerset Direct, are now being resolved on the first call and on some days […]

High praise for West Somerset team at Social Worker of the Year Awards

Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care team from West Somerset received high praise as a finalist at the national Social Worker of the Year Awards 2017. At the ceremony in London the team were honoured as finalists in the ‘Team of the Year’ category for their innovation, creativity and outstanding work with vulnerable adults. Over […]

‘Outstanding’ teacher training in Somerset

Somerset’s teacher training programme has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for the high level learning, support and opportunities offered to trainees. The top rating has been maintained since 2005 and Somerset School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is recognised by the National College for Teaching and Learning (NCTL) as being in the top 25 per […]

Comic book workshop at Taunton Library

Comic fanatics are invited to attend an exciting workshop at Taunton Library on Saturday 25 November. The workshops are hosted by Neill Cameron, author of the Phoenix Comics works Tamsin in the Deep and Mega Robo Bros. Neil will discuss his work and show the children how to create their own awesome comics. Join Neill […]

Trading Standards fireworks advice

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service is urging residents to only buy fireworks from reputable traders.   As the fireworks season approaches many people will consider buying fireworks for private functions to mark events including Halloween and Bonfire Night.   When buying fireworks always look for the CE mark – fireworks must always display […]

Counterfeit clothing seller found guilty

A West Somerset woman has been ordered to pay £2231 in fines and costs,  and had over £5000 in cash forfeited,  after selling counterfeit branded clothing and accessories on Facebook. At Taunton Magistrates Court  Anita Stearn, 49, of Hillview Road, Minehead, admitted eight charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods under the Trade Marks Act. […]

‘Thank you’ to Somerset’s volunteer drivers

Somerset’s fantastic team of volunteer drivers have been thanked at two annual celebration events this month. Nearly 200 dedicated drivers volunteer for Somerset County Council, providing transport for eligible non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, ranging from the elderly to young children. Passengers describe the drivers as ‘lifesavers’ and a ‘godsend’ and this month […]

Royal visit coming to Countess Gytha Primary School

Pupils and staff of Countess Gytha Primary school are thrilled and excited to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to visit the school on 1 November. Her Royal Highness will be treated to a tour of the brand new school in West Camel, which houses staff and pupils from the former school site in Queen […]

The Librarian Theatre returns to Somerset

The Librarian Theatre is returning to Somerset Libraries at the beginning of November to perform their new play “Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest”. A UK based theatre company, The Librarian Theatre, is committed to supporting libraries by creating innovative plays specifically tailored to be performed among the bookshelves. Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest re–imagines Lewis […]