Author Archives: Mark Ford

NHS review of health and social care provision for people with pancreatitis published

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has published a review of the support for people with pancreatitis in the County. Following the death in 2009 of Andrew Prentice, who suffered from pancreatitis, his mother, Mrs Brenda Prentice, made assertions that while she and her son raised numerous complaints about his health and social care, since his tragic […]

DCMS backs bid to extend broadband funding for Devon and Somerset to 2023

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is backing a bid to extend £18.7 million of funding for superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset up to March 2023. The news has been welcomed by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), England’s largest public-funded broadband programme. CDS has been working closely with the Department to […]

CDS now offering Better Broadband scheme vouchers

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme. All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months, […]

Discovery report highlights success and challenge

Employment success, staffing challenges and more inclusive venues for day services have been set-out in a report on one of Somerset County Council’s key care providers.   The report, which was considered by the Council’s Scrutiny Committee today (13 March), gives an update on the performance of Discovery, the social enterprise providing support for around […]

Double boost for Special Needs Education

Education for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Somerset received two major boosts this week. The Department for Education (DfE) has given it’s backing to the County Council’s free school bid for a new special school in South Somerset and the authority’s Cabinet has agreed to appoint a contractor to build the new special […]

Community Awards open for nominations

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

Virtual reality stars for students at the Glass Box

Local students have been taking part in ground-breaking workshop at the Glass Box in County Council’s Taunton Library. More than 20 Students from Bishop Fox’s and The Castle School in Taunton participated in an inspirational session that showcased the latest in both Virtual and Augmented Reality Technology as part of the Somerset Digital Skills Talent […]

Festival of Flight takes off at Yeovil Library

The local aviation industry will be on board this weekend when the science and history of flight are celebrated at Yeovil Library. The Festival of Flight on Saturday, 16 March, takes place during British Science Week at the Somerset County Council library. The inspiring, free event will cover everything from the humble paper plane to […]

Future of Street Library

A new location for Street Library is on the cards as partners and Somerset County Council work hard to progress a Community Library Partnership (CLP). On 5 November 2018, Somerset County Council agreed to retain 19 of its existing libraries and seek help from communities to run 15 other library buildings as CLPs, including Street. […]

First Somerset Community Library Partnerships signed

Somerset County Council and Partners are delighted to announce six ‘Community Library Partnerships’ were signed this week, committing to deliver library services together in future. Existing library buildings will remain open, with community partners working together with Somerset County Council in the following six communities: Bruton, Nether Stowey, North Petherton, Somerton, Watchet and Wiveliscombe from […]