Author Archives: Julia Richards

New Carers’ Support Service

A new refreshed and modernised service to improve the quality of life for carers and former carers living in the county will be provided by the Community Council for Somerset from October 2017. The new Carers’ Support Service has been co-designed by carers and former carers and funded by Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset […]

Somerset libraries launch new ‘Reading Well’ book collection

A new, free book collection launches on Monday 24 July in Somerset Libraries to support people living with a long term health condition. Part of a national ‘Reading Well’ initiative, Somerset Libraries are launching the collection to provide people living with long term conditions, and their carers, with high-quality book based information, support and advice […]

Events to give a voice to parent carers

Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are invited to events across the county to share their views, ask questions and find out more about SEND in Somerset. Taking place throughout June, parents can find out at the events how SEND services are delivered in Somerset. They can speak to volunteers and […]

New ‘drop-in’ opens in Taunton

A new care and support ‘Community Connect’ drop-in opens in Taunton next week. The drop-in will take place at ASDA in Taunton (TA1 2AN) every fortnight on a Tuesday between 9.30am to 12 noon – starting on Tuesday 6 June. At the drop-in people can find information and advice on adult care and support options, […]

Time’s up for ‘branded’ tobacco sales

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service are reminding tobacco retailers that the time is up for old stocks of branded products. When the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 came into force last year – introducing  “plain packaging” for cigarettes and hand rolling tobacco – retailers were given 12 months to sell old stock. […]

New Home for the Somerset Youth Equipment Store

Somerset County Council’s Youth Equipment Store (YES) has relocated from Hestercombe Gardens, its home for the past 10 years, to Hollies Children’s Centre in South Street, Taunton. The store offers equipment for hire to children and young people’s groups at affordable prices. There is a wide range of equipment available, from camping and hiking tools […]

Volunteer for a Summer of Reading

Somerset’s libraries are looking for book-loving volunteers to support this year’s animal-themed Summer Reading Challenge. Organised by The Reading Agency nationally, it’s an annual event which gives children access to books and encouragement to read for pleasure when schools are out for the summer. Last year, over 100 volunteers in Somerset Libraries spoke to more […]

Nomination for Leader of Somerset County Council

A nomination for the role of Leader of Somerset County Council was announced today following a vote over the weekend. Councillor David Fothergill, County Councillor for Monkton and North Curry has been selected by the Conservative Group to be its Leader. He will therefore be put forward for the post of Leader of the Council, […]

Bishops Lydeard roundabout update

Drivers are being advised of upcoming overnight closures as a major scheme to build a new roundabout on the A358 at Bishops Lydeard nears completion. The roundabout is being delivered by contractor SWH Civils on behalf of Taylor Wimpey as part of a legal agreement linked to the construction of new homes in the village. […]

One week left to register to vote

Voters across Somerset are being urged to make sure they are on the register for the County Council elections next month. Residents will go to the polls on Thursday, 4 May, to have their say on who fills the 55 seats available on the Council. To be able to vote you have to be on […]