Author Archives: SCC Communications

Your Somerset Autumn 2020… out now!

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and is now available to download. It’s packed full of useful information to help keep you fit and well (see pages 14 and 15), along with advice if you or someone you know maybe experiencing domestic abuse (see page 13). If you’re looking […]

Grants from The Somerset Fund to help local charities thanks to generous local businesses

If you are a grassroots community group based in Somerset, grants are available up to the value of £2,500 from The Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages the Fund and is encouraging applications from smaller charities and community groups that run on less than £100,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means […]

Blue Anchor coast and road protection

Somerset County Council is preparing to fund a West Somerset coastal defence that will help protect a key road at Blue Anchor. The investment of up to £4m is being funded through a Government highways grant and will enable rock armour to be installed at the foot of eroding cliffs to protect the road; and […]

£1m Somerset Climate Emergency Community Fund OPEN for applications from 1 October

A pot of £1 million is now available to help local communities become carbon neutral and mitigate the impacts of Climate Change in Somerset. Somerset County Council Leader David Fothergill announced in February 2020 that £1 million would be made available for city, town and parish councils to support local communities. From 1 October, city, […]

Spot ‘County Lines’ and stop the crime -and the exploitation

Somerset communities are urged to know the signs of ‘County Lines’ in a bid to stop illegal drug related criminal activity operating in their area. A new campaign launched today by the Safer Somerset Partnership sets out what County Lines are, the signs to look out for and how to contact Crimestoppers if you believe […]

National acclaim for Public Health Nursing’s virtual support during lockdown

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has been nationally acclaimed by the Institute for Health Visiting. A case study published nationally documents the innovative online support developed by the Somerset County Council service during lockdown – a time when face-to-face appointments were no longer possible. Health Visitors, who as part of their role visit new parents […]

Schools are ready for your return say Somerset’s head teachers

Somerset’s education leaders have been busy over the summer getting their schools, colleges and early years settings ready for September. Children of all ages are expected to return to school, and a message on behalf of the county’s head teachers has been issued today – “we’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome you back.” […]

Somerset pupils scale musical heights with one brilliant recording

Not being able to get out and perform because of the coronavirus has been tough for the county’s many talented young musicians when it comes to staying focussed. But thanks to a unique online project, Somerset’s musical groups including students from 32 of the county’s schools and colleges will be performing virtually after months of […]

Car sharing: follow the golden rules

Commuters planning to car share as they head back to work are being advised to follow the golden rules to keep them and their passengers protected from coronavirus. People should limit sharing their car to people within their household or social bubble. But if that’s impossible they should: ·         share the transport with the same […]

Somerset marks 75th VJ Day anniversary

A momentous day in history will be marked on Saturday with the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day that brought the Second World War to an end. Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, and Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, Councillor Rod Williams, will be joining a small ceremony […]