Author Archives: SCC Communications

Volunteering is a two-way street

Volunteering is a two-way street – helping people give their knowledge and talents to benefit their community and receiving enjoyment, friendship and new skills in return. Somerset County Council is always keen to recruit new volunteers – and to thank those who give up their time so freely. Age is no barrier as proved by […]

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

More support for children’s mental health

Somerset County Council is deploying two new teams to boost children’s mental health as part of its programme of support for children and schools available in the county. The initiative has been developed after the County Council and Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group won £400,000 in Government trailblazer funding through the Fit for my Future partnership. […]

Early help to support families

Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises. Somerset County Council is setting aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand. The County Council is working […]

Shaun and Laura will #SayIDoin Somerset

A teen romance that blossomed in Somerset is all set for a happy ending thanks to Somerset County Council’s Registration Service. Laura Payne and Shaun Pilbrow made a spur of the moment decision to enter the Registration Service’s competition to win a wedding – and their answer to the question ‘Why do you want to […]

Somerset’s unsung heroes and charities to be honoured

Somerset’s unsung heroes and charities are to be honoured at a special, multi-faith service to celebrate volunteering with the support of wonderful singing from both Wells Cathedral and Volunteer Choirs. Somerset High Sheriff Johnnie Halliday has, together with the Dean and Chapter of Wells Cathedral, invited volunteers, charities and supporters to this unique celebration in […]

‘We Are Undefeatable’ campaign launches

We Are Undefeatable Somerset is a new local campaign, launched by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP) with the aim of inspiring those living with long-term health conditions to be more active and move more. The need for the campaign was prompted by  a country-wide study showing that one in four people were living with […]

Search is on for Somerset’s heroes

The search is on for community heroes as the Chair of Somerset County Council calls for nominations for his annual Community Awards. Each year the Chair presents awards to those who have made an outstanding contribution to their community and Councillor Nigel Taylor is asking the public to come forward with their suggestions. Last year’s […]

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Grant funding at the grassroots

Grassroots community groups are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £1,500 from The Somerset Fund with the deadline for the next round of funding approaching fast. Somerset County Council strongly supports Somerset Community Foundation’s initiative that provides financial support for groups that are anchored firmly within their neighbourhood. Businesses too are urged […]

Are you ready for Fizz Free February?

Fizz Free February is coming to Somerset for the first time with the County Council encouraging children, families, organisations and businesses to make the pledge to #gofizzfree for the month. Saturday 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February meaning it’s time to ditch sugary drinks for 29 days.  It is part of the […]