Author Archives: Mark Ford

National plaudits for Somerset’s creative social care

Independent social care experts have praised Somerset County Council’s creative approach to social care.   The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), one of the sector’s leading voices, says the authority’s innovative work offers “glimmers of hope” at a tough time for social care.   This follows the recent BBC Panorama ‘Crisis in Care’ documentaries […]

New £400k funding for mental health service to support children and young people in Somerset schools and colleges

The work of Fit for my Future, Somerset’s integrated health and care strategy, is already paying dividends. Health, care and education services in Somerset have worked together with partners, schools, young people and parents to secure £400k of trailblazer funding, it was announced today. The funding will help to create two pilot mental health support […]

Using nature to reduce Somerset flood risk

Three projects that will use nature to reduce flood risk in and around Somerset are moving forward thanks to £2.53m in European grants. The County Council and partners bid for funding for the schemes that will help the county adapt to climate change by reducing flood risk through natural flood management rather than engineering. The […]

Celebrating the cream of small charities

Staff and volunteers supporting small charities in Somerset have been thanked by the County Council Chair. Councillor Nigel Taylor held a ‘Thank You’ Cream Tea at The Wyvern Club in Taunton to celebrate National Small Charities Week. He thanked staff and volunteers for their work and support, including the Chair’s Champions – Council staff who […]

Digital reinforcements for Armed Forces Day

A new website and film will help Somerset celebrate Armed Forces Day this month and support Armed Forces personnel past and present. The Armed Forces Flag will be flying at County Hall in Taunton from Monday next week in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29 June – a day for people to […]

Take up of broadband in Devon and Somerset increases

There has been a big rise in the number of homes and businesses taking up superfast broadband services thanks to the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. New figures show that nearly 60% of the 300,000 homes and businesses that CDS given access to Superfast broadband have now taken it up. That’s higher than the national […]

Future funding protects the past

Somerset County Council has renewed its commitment to the county’s heritage – agreeing to maintain its funding at current levels for the next five years. Despite the huge pressures on its budget, the Council will grant the South West Heritage Trust over £1.6m per year over the next five years – £8.1m in total. The […]

Somerset Panorama films – available on BBC iPlayer

In case you missed them, the must-watch Panorama social care documentaries filmed with Somerset County Council are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The two, hour-long films have put the issue of pressures facing social care and the need for a long-term funding solution on the national agenda. Powerful and moving, they are the result of […]

Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]