Author Archives: Mark Ford

Three days of jam-packed fun at annual camping trip for children with autism

Jam and cream teas kick off this year’s annual CAOTfest, a Somerset County Council organised camping trip for children with autism and their families. The fun filled three-day camping trip this week, arranged by the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), is a chance for children with autism and their families to have a fun and […]

Community Connect expands

Somerset’s successful Community Connect initiative will be bolstered as the County Council expands its innovative support. The £200,000 investment will be used to recruit more Village Agents so this new way of working can support more vulnerable adults, including Sheltered Housing tenants. Community Connect is well-established across much of the county and enables people to […]

Looking for more magnificent micro-providers

Somerset’s trail-blazing micro-provider care initiative is looking for new community entrepreneurs. Created four years ago by the County Council in partnership with the Community Catalysts social enterprise, the project helps people with big ideas set-up very small care, help or support services. There are now nearly 400 micro-providers in Somerset providing around 1,600 people with […]

Work underway to tackle financial challenge

The County Council is taking the steps needed to live within its means, councillors heard this morning. Discussing a report from its external auditor, the authority’s Audit Committee was told that work is already underway to bring down overspending in the face of the financial challenges facing local government. The Audit Findings Report praises the […]

Heart of the South West on National Government Agenda as Local Industrial Strategy Announced

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, is in the second wave of areas to benefit from working with the Government to develop their local Industrial Strategies, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced. HotSW is one of six areas to get this vote of confidence […]

Rogue car dealer sentenced

A Somerset used car dealer has been ordered by a judge to pay more than £7,000 after being sentenced for a series of offences including misdescribing vehicles. Following a prosecution brought by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service; Malvin Price of Chilton Cantelo, was sentenced on 11 July at Taunton Crown Court for breaches […]

Join the Somerset Libraries Learning Disabilities conversation

Somerset libraries are on a mission to get our communities talking about learning disabilities and they want you to join in. As part of an exciting new project, The Library Takeover: Creating a Space For All, local residents with learning disabilities have been volunteering in Somerset County Council’s libraries in Bridgwater, Street and Glastonbury, and […]

New Chair appointed to the Police and Crime Panel

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel has appointed a new Chairman as the previous Chair steps down after six years. Councillor Nigel Ashton, who is also Leader of North Somerset Council, stood down from the role of Chair at the Panel’s Annual General meeting last week, but will remain a member of the […]

Wellington welcomes more childcare spaces

Up to 24 extra childcare spaces will be available in Wellington from September thanks to a County Council-funded nursery expansion. The Bouncy Bears Nursery, which currently has spaces for 32 children and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, is to be extended to meet the needs of local parents thanks to a £165,000 project funded from […]

Hero Jim helps fly the flag for Armed Forces Day

Local hero Jim Booth helped dignitaries from Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and 40 Commando Royal Marines raise the Armed Forces flag in Taunton this week. The 96-year-old D-Day veteran helped 40 Commando hoist the flag outside County Hall on Monday ahead of Armed Forces Day this Saturday (30 June) – a day […]