Author Archives: SCC Communications

Shepton Mallet Library set for a new start in 2021

Longer opening hours, increased staff resource and a new ‘look’ are all part of exciting plans for Shepton Mallet library in Spring 2021. Plans have been agreed for Shepton Mallet library to receive a substantial makeover and serve as a hub for the local community. Somerset County Council’s Libraries Service team has been in discussions […]

Consumers urged to be aware of fake texts offering Covid-19 vaccine

Trading Standards is warning the public to be on their guard following reports that fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid-19 vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details. The text offers a link to what police call an “extremely convincing” fake NHS website. Once on the website people are asked to input […]

Teams prepare to vaccinate care home residents as vaccinations also begin at two further community sites

Teams of vaccinators are preparing to begin vaccinating care home residents and staff between Christmas and New Year. At the same time two more GP-led community sites will begin vaccinating people aged over 80 and health and care staff. Joint senior responsible officer for the Somerset COVID-19 vaccination programme, Andy Heron said: “I am delighted […]

Your Somerset – Winter 2020

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and is now available to download. It’s packed full of useful information, along with all the latest information on coronavirus (see page 3) and how we’re working with our partners to make sure no one goes hungry this Christmas (see pages 4 and […]

Council staff step up to support vaccination programme

More than 700 Somerset County Council staff have stepped up to support the enormous challenge of rolling out the county’s biggest ever vaccination programme. SCC has been working alongside many partners to support the creation and logistics behind Somerset’s coronavirus vaccination centres, with more than 700 staff offering to support the NHS in any way […]

First COVID-19 vaccination sites launched in Somerset

Later this week, the very first local sites will start vaccinating some of the county’s most vulnerable residents. People who have been identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as the highest priority will be invited first, including over-80s and health and care staff. This first wave of community GP-led sites follows the […]

Planning for Christmas? Join us for the next live Somerset coronavirus Q&A session!

Somerset Public Health and Council leaders will be online this Thursday night (17 December) for a live Christmas coronavirus question and answer session. With the festive season fast approaching, a vaccination programme now underway in Somerset, and a review of the national tier system this week, Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health Trudi Grant […]

One Somerset: Pledges launched as blueprint for better local services submitted to Government

·         One Somerset Business Case submitted to Government ·         Blueprint for better local services and better value for money published ·         10 clear public pledges launched to deliver One Somerset ·         Alternative district proposal condemned as a ‘Berlin Wall’ splitting county in half ·         District proposal replaces 5 councils with 5 organisations & ‘a plan […]

Young People urged to get help to end abusive relationships

Young people experiencing relationships that cause them to feel scared, controlled or who are harmed can find local help and support.   Safer Somerset Partnership launched a county wide campaign this week to raise awareness on spotting the signs of unhealthy relationships amongst teenagers.   Young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of […]

Somerset will be in Tier 2 from 2 December

Somerset County Council’s Leader, and Director of Public Health are urging people to show restraint as the Government’s new Covid-19 tier system was announced today Somerset will be placed in Tier 2* when national restrictions end on 2 December. The Tier covers all four districts – Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Somerset West and Taunton […]