Author Archives: Mark Ford

New lease of life for old school

The former school building in Queen Camel, near Yeovil, is to have a new lease of life after being sold to a village community trust. This month, Somerset County Council sold the site of the old school in Queen Camel to the Queen Camel Community Land Trust Ltd for £250,000. The building has been out […]

Proposals to step-up support for young carers

Proposals to provide better support for more young carers will be considered by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet later this month. There are an estimated 1,750 young carers in Somerset but at any one time the Council’s existing arrangements only support around 150. On Monday (13 May) Cabinet will decide whether to approve plans that aim […]

Doing dementia support differently

Creative, community-based dementia support is being expanded across Somerset with the help of grants from Somerset County Council. Over the six years the authority is looking to invest more than half a million pounds to kick-start and extend projects and groups that run day-time activities for people dementia and provide respite for their unpaid carers. […]

#PictureSomerset for Somerset Day

It’s Somerset Day on 11 May and to help celebrate all that’s great about our county, we’re running a twitter photo-sharing bonanza #picturesomerset Between Tuesday 7 May and Friday 10 May, we’re asking YOU to tweet @SomersetCouncil with your favourite photos of the county. Just use #picturesomerset and we’ll retweet them, sharing them with our […]

Primary school admission figures announced

Nearly 98 per cent of Somerset children were offered a primary school place at one of their top three choices, the County Council’s latest school admission figures show. Overall 97.7 per cent of the 5,664 applicants were offered a place at one of their top three primary school choices, and 92.17 per cent received their […]

Review of education in the Ilminster and Crewkerne area

A review of the school structure in and around Ilminster and Crewkerne is underway to ensure it can continue to deliver a good-quality of education for pupils in the long-term The falling number of secondary school-aged children in the immediate area, and national funding arrangements, mean that the current system is not financially sustainable – […]

Foster Carers out in force at Half Marathon

From beginners to race veterans, Somerset County Council staff and Foster Carers came out in force running in the Yeovil Half Marathon on Sunday (31 March), to encourage everyone to help vulnerable Somerset children. A fifty-strong team ran wearing ‘Fostering in Somerset’ vests to raise awareness on fostering, while fostering staff and foster carers were […]

County Council welcomes Public Health Nursing Team

Somerset County Council will welcome almost 200 public health nursing staff into their fold from 1 April, committed to continuing to give the County’s children the best start in life. Staff made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Assistant Practitioners and Administrative Support will officially transfer from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to Somerset County […]

More youngsters taking on the DoE challenge

Somerset saw a 20 per cent increase in young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DoE) last year, the latest County Council figures show. In 2018/19 more than 2,600 young people from more than 60 schools and youth organisations took part in the life-changing scheme which has been shown to boost self-esteem, […]

Scheme to improve cyclist safety completed

Somerset County Council has recently completed work to help improve cyclist safety on Station Road in Taunton. They include a wider cycle lane, box junction markings and warning signs to help drivers be aware of cyclists. They have been carried out after the Council’s Road Safety Team identified a cluster of injury collisions involving cyclists […]