Author Archives: SCC Communications

Publications across Britain step up to support the nation’s mental health

Over 350 national, regional, local, and multicultural news publications are taking part in a press partnership to promote the importance of looking after mental health.  The campaign encourages people to maintain their mental wellbeing with the help of a wide range of free, easy to access mental health resources and helpline services. Developed by policy, […]

Councils celebrate shared history at Wells Cathedral

A special service of Thanksgiving took place at Wells Cathedral  on Sunday 12 March to mark an historic milestone in Somerset’s history. The service celebrated the contribution and coming together of Somerset’s five councils before Somerset Council comes into effect on Saturday 1 April. Councillors and staff from the councils – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West […]

Debate not Hate: Council supports bid to tackle abuse and intimidation against councillors

Somerset’s new unitary council will take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse of councillors or officers and has pledged to uphold exemplary standards of public and political debate. Somerset County Council’s last Full Council meeting took place today and saw elected members from across all political parties voting to support a motion signing up the new […]

New Constitution: Strategic with a local focus

The new Constitution for Somerset Council, the legal cornerstone of the new unitary council, has been approved by Somerset County Council.  The ten-part document over 500 pages sets out the Council’s commitment to public participation in its meetings, makes sure that the council meets all its legal duties and supports decision-making and governance. The new […]

Bear trail and other free fun activities at Taunton library this half-term

A variety of bear-themed family games, activities and competitions are planned atTaunton Library during February Half Term (11-18 February), inspired by Fostering InSomerset’s latest TV campaign: Anna’s Story. The week offers something for all ages, with activities such as craft sessions, Legoplay, and story-times running alongside a week-long treasure trail. The activities are part of […]

Sequel to award-winning fostering campaign launched on primetime television 

A new animated film promoting fostering Somerset children and young people premiered on ITV and Sky during the ITV Evening News last month.  The film – ‘Anna’s Story’- follows a teenager in care and is the sequel to Somerset County Council’s award-winning 2020 fostering campaign, Theo’s Story.   There are currently more than 550 young people […]

Small business should be at the heart of energy support, says Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council has called for any review of energy price support for businesses to focus on support for small businesses and the adoption of green and renewable energy. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, signed by Councillor Val Keitch, Executive Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, and Councillor Sarah […]

Work underway to review office and customer access buildings for new Somerset Council

With fewer than 100 days to go until the launch of the new unitary Somerset Council on 1 April 2023, work is underway to understand where offices and customer service delivery points might be situated. Somerset Council is committed to putting the customer at the heart of its services and will have customer hubs all […]

Somerset family donates Christmas gifts to young people leaving care 

Inspired by the John Lewis Christmas campaign, a Somerset family has filled and donated festive gift bags for local teenagers in care.   Eddie, a year nine pupil at King’s College, Taunton, wanted to support young people in care after watching this year’s popular John Lewis Christmas advert, which highlights the increasing number of Children Looked […]

New branding for Somerset Council confirmed

The new branding for many of Somerset’s public services was confirmed at a meeting of Somerset County Council’s Executive today (14 December 2022), with the approval of a brand for the new Somerset Council.  The new brand will begin to appear on council services from April next year when the new unitary Council comes into […]