Author Archives: SCC Communications

Prevention key to improving lives

Somerset must seize every chance to improve the lives of its residents – and being on the front foot is essential. That’s the message from Somerset’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant, in her annual report considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wed). The report cites a wide range of examples […]

Curtain up for half term fun

The curtain will be going up at Taunton Library and The Brewhouse theatre next month for a special collaboration over the February half-term. Teenagers aged 13-18 can join in ‘Word Play’ – two masterclasses celebrating the spoken word through poetry, story-telling, performances and workshops. Taking place on Wednesday 19 February from 10am-5pm at both Taunton […]

Time to get SUGAR SMART

Somerset County Council is encouraging schools, families, businesses and individuals in the county to get SUGAR SMART and cut down on the amount of sugar consumed by making simple changes. The Somerset SUGAR SMART campaign launched at Minerva Primary School in Taunton as part of a wider, national drive to reduce sugar consumption by adults […]

Bird’s eye view of new special school

Work on a new £21m special school in Somerset is progressing well with the aim of completion in January 2021. And spectacular aerial footage of the Polden Bower school site in Bridgwater shows the shape and scale of the Somerset County Council project that is part of a wider programme to boost provision for children […]

£200k to support creative dementia projects

Somerset County Council has now invested more than £200,000 in creative and imaginative grass roots dementia projects. New projects receiving backing from the authority include one that offers gardening and hedge-laying activities, and another that focusses on music to  support people with dementia and their carers. The authority is looking to invest more than half […]

Be a New Year volunteer

Public-spirited Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county. There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting your local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All you need is a little bit of […]

Healthcare workers urged to get FREE flu jab

Last year saw high numbers of flu outbreaks in care homes, and Somerset County Council is urging all health and social care staff to receive their flu vaccination to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. The County Council is asking care homes to Encourage ALL staff to take up the free flu vaccine […]

Stay well and winter-fit

Recent falling temperatures remind us that winter is coming – and Somerset County Council and health partners urge everyone to take simple steps to prepare and stay well during the coldest months of the year. To help everyone ‘keep well, stay well’ this winter, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health, Trudi Grant and Dr […]

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

Lest we forget . . .

  As Somerset prepares for Remembrance Sunday, local health and care leaders are taking the opportunity to remind us of the support and assistance available to those who have served and their families. Dr Ed Ford, Chair of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: “Somerset has a long and proud association with the […]