Author Archives: SCC Communications

The flexible way for apprenticeships

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]

Council backs Salvation Army social care report

Somerset County Council is welcoming a new report from the Salvation Army highlighting the urgent need to reform social care. The study – Care in Places – shows that there is significantly less money to care for older people who live in rural areas of England, such as Somerset. The Salvation Army is asking the […]

Shake up this summer and get active

Families in Somerset are being encouraged to get active over the summer holidays – and reap the wide-ranging benefits.  Evidence shows that children and young people who are more active have more confidence, higher self-esteem, less anxiety and stress and better social skills – attributes that can help them deal with the challenges they face […]

Beat the heat and stay safe

With hot weather forecast this week Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, and vulnerable family and friends and neighbours. The Met Office predictS high temperatures, especially midweek, with the thermometer climbing well above the summer average. Cllr Christine Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing at Somerset […]

Free training for social entrepreneurs

Social enterprises, charities and co-operatives in Somerset can sign up for free bespoke training – plus a grant of £1,200. Somerset County Council is supporting the free training to be held in Taunton between September 2019 and January 2020. The course involves six days of learning spread over five months and will help delegates: Develop […]

From the Levels to Latin America

  The overwhelming volunteer response to severe flooding in Somerset in 2013-14 is sending ripples across the world – reaching as far as South America. Huge numbers of people stepped forward to help communities on the Levels and Moors after water levels rose, flooding homes, businesses and roads. In the wake of the emergency, Somerset […]

Celebrating a mental health milestone

More than 60 schools have signed up to a County Council initiative helping them promote and protect mental health and wellbeing. A special celebration has taken place to mark the milestone, looking back on the first year of Somerset Wellbeing Framework which helps schools develop an approach which goes beyond the classroom, touching on all […]

Unsung heroes honoured

Somerset’s unsung community heroes have been honoured by County Council Chair Nigel Taylor for their tireless efforts. Footpath champions, litter-pickers, village hall veterans and public loo saviours were among those honoured by Councillor Taylor when he presented awards recently. The annual awards recognise outstanding commitment to Somerset’s communities and Cllr Taylor is delighted to be […]

Lift-off for Summer Reading Challenge

Lift-off is on the horizon for Somerset’s young readers who are being challenged to go to the moon and beyond by Somerset Libraries this summer. Space Chase is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2019 where  youngsters sign up to read six books over their summer holidays in return for futuristic rewards. Councillor […]