Author Archives: Mark Ford

Cash up for grabs to fund young people’s campaigns in Somerset

Charities and community groups in Somerset are being invited to bid for a share of £50,000 for projects that inspire young people into social action. Somerset County Council is investing £25,000 from its new Prevention Fund into projects chosen by the Somerset Youth Parliament. Somerset Community Foundation will be working with the Youth Parliament to […]

Investing in families

Somerset County Council is extending a pilot project that should see nearly 100 families receive extra support when they need it. The Safe Families for Children scheme was trialled in Mendip and South Somerset last year and provides volunteer-led support for families struggling without traditional support networks to help them at times of crisis. The […]

Happy birthday Home First

Somerset’s Home First social care and health initiative is celebrating its second birthday, having helped more than 5,000 people return home from hospital sooner. Home First reduces hospital stays by offering patients the opportunity to finish their therapy out of the hospital with tailored help from professionals – providing better outcomes and freeing-up vital hospital […]

Money

Council welcomes Spending Review announcements

The Leader of Somerset County Council has welcomed this week’s funding announcements – but said the push for cross-party work on long-term reform of social care funding must continue. In yesterday’s 2020/21 Spending Review announcements, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said councils will have access to an extra £1.5bn for care in 2020/21 as a […]

Council commitment to apprentices

Somerset County Council has underlined its commitment to apprentices by signing the UNISON Apprenticeship Charter. The Charter is a pledge to make sure apprentices at the Council get high-quality training; appropriate support, supervision and pay. Over the past three years the authority has invested in more than 300 apprenticeships and expects another 50 apprenticeships to […]

New grants feed grass-roots action

Somerset’s County Councillors will have £2,000 each to fund community projects that improve lives under a new scheme launched in September. The Improving Lives Grants Scheme has been created to kick-start and support voluntary and grass-roots initiatives that bring people together and help communities stay connected and thrive. Whether it’s a project to reduce isolation, […]

Your chance to support vital road safety work in Somerset

A new initiative is offering organisations and businesses the chance to support important road safety work within Somerset. Latest data shows the number of injury collisions in Somerset was the lowest ever last year – but there was an increase in the number of people killed or seriously injured. Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team […]

National bodies back Somerset’s Stand Up For Care petition

Three major local government bodies have given their backing to Somerset County Council’s Stand Up For Care petition. Launched last week, the petition calls for cross-party discussions before Christmas on how to address the national social care funding shortfall. Leaders of all political groups at the County Council have given it their backing and they […]

Chamber checks out Colley Lane

Somerset’s Chamber of Commerce has been casting an eye over the latest piece in Bridgwater’s transport puzzle. Chamber Chief Executive, Stephen Henagulph, braved the elements this week to take a look at progress on the Colley Lane Southern Access Road. The scheme is an example of Council’s ongoing commitment to investing in and successfully delivering […]

All parties Stand Up For Care

Leaders of all the political groups at Somerset County Council have given their backing to the authority’s online social care petition. The Stand Up For Care petition launched this week is calling for cross-party discussions before Christmas to end the national social care funding shortfall. Leaders of all the Political Groups have endorsed the petition […]