Author Archives: SCC Communications

Ground-breaking start for a ground-breaking project

  A ground-breaking ceremony has heralded the start of construction of a ground-breaking project for Somerset. The £11m Digital Innovation Centre, to be developed by Somerset County Council on Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Firepool regeneration site in Taunton, will build on local strengths in the digital sector and form a key part of plans […]

Somerset secures £3.6m for Community Renewal

Projects in Somerset are to benefit by more than £3.6m thanks to successful bids to the Government’s UK Community Renewal Fund. The Fund was launched in the March Budget to provide funding opportunities before the launch of the Shared Prosperity Fund. Somerset County Council, working with District Councils, submitted the funding bids on behalf of […]

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit heading to Frome

A Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit is being set up at North Parade car park in Frome this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing more accessible to areas with acute need. Anyone wishing to get tested must book a test in advance, and tests are only available for those with coronavirus symptoms – a high […]

National Care Leavers Week – More ‘Stepping Stones’ needed in Somerset

This National Care Leavers week (25-31 October) Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young Care Leavers.  Care Leavers are defined as young people and adults who have spent time under the care of the Local Authority.  Stepping Stones carers support young care leavers aged 16 – 21, who are making the transition from care to independent living, but are not yet ready […]

Making our streets safer for women and girls

Funding to help tackle violence against women and girls has been awarded to North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council. The neighbouring councils have made a successful joint bid to the Home Office Safer Streets Fund for £324,449. The bid is an innovative and collaborative proposal by the two councils covering the whole Somerset policing […]

Spot the signs of domestic abuse and modern slavery

New free online resources are available for both professionals and the public to help spot the signs and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of domestic abuse and modern slavery. This new range of online learning modules will give professionals further confidence on next steps and the help and support they can provide to […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Somerset County Council welcomes social care investment

Somerset County Council is today welcoming the Government announcement on extra funding for health and social care. The Council has been at the forefront of campaigns to invest more nationally in social care and has been pressing for increased funding. The Government is proposing a 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions, an increase in tax […]

Campaign launched to reduce knife crime in Somerset

Somerset communities are urged to report any knife crime in the area – and young people are encouraged to avoid becoming involved or victims of knife crime. A knife crime campaign was launched this week with a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife and report knife crime incidents across the […]

Tributes paid to former Councillor Tim Carroll

Tributes are being paid to former Somerset County Councillor and South Somerset District Councillor Tim Carroll who has died following a long illness. Mr Carroll was elected to Somerset County Council in 1993 and served as member for the Wincanton division until 2005. During his term in office, he served as Portfolio Holder for Environment […]