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100 Covid Community Champions helping Somerset stay safe

A major milestone was reached this week with more than 100 trained Covid Champions now in place to help people in Somerset stay up to date with the Covid-19 latest advice. The Covid Community Champion Network has been going from strength to strength since it was first launched in October. There are now just over […]

Rapid testing is next step in reducing spread of Covid-19

People in Somerset will have access to regular coronavirus testing from today (Friday 9 April) as the country takes another vital step towards society opening up again. The Government is encouraging everyone in England to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing. This regular testing is for those without symptoms of Covid-19 and helps break the […]

Up to £12m available for Community Renewal projects in Somerset

Somerset County Council is playing the lead role in a new funding scheme – the Community Renewal Fund – aimed at inspiring communities to thrive and grow. The County Council is the lead authority for Somerset and will be responsible for inviting, assessing, prioritising, and submitting bids to government. The county has the chance to […]

History on the timetable as new Somerton school prepares for opening

Pupils will step into history after Easter as the new King Ina Church of England Academy open its doors for the first time. Somerset County Council has invested £7.3m to develop the new primary school which can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children, with 14 classrooms, a pre-school, a school hall, […]

Thousands of children set to benefit from Easter holiday activities programme

Somerset County Council has joined with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme of activities for the Easter holidays, aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. More than 2,000 young people aged 5 – 16 years will have access […]

Making sure Somerset’s young carers don’t miss out

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, more young people in Somerset have found themselves in a position where they need to provide care for a loved one. Today (Tuesday, March 16) is Young Carers Actions Day, and Somerset County Council is taking the opportunity to thank the county’s young carers for their amazing work and highlight […]

Take on a rewarding role as a volunteer minibus driver

Somerset County Council is looking for volunteer minibus drivers to transport young people and children to activity sessions at Kilve during school holidays. Volunteer minibus drivers play a key role at outdoor centres by dropping off children at activities, such as off-site caving, sailing and climbing. Volunteers need to be friendly people with a D1 […]

New representatives wanted for County Council

Members of the public are being invited to apply for roles on a committee which helps to shape the way Somerset County Council operates. There are currently vacancies for three co-opted members on the Council’s Constitution and Standards Committee, which helps to set standards of conduct for elected councillors, as well as helping the Council […]

Freeport aims to bring innovation and jobs to Somerset

Somerset has a key role to play in the bid to develop a new Great Western Freeport – a project which could create thousands of jobs and boost the region’s reputation as a leader in high-value design and innovation. A freeport is a space for businesses to import goods and materials, add value to them […]

Team effort to keep food support strong in pandemic

Somerset County Council has paid tribute to the partners who have helped make sure emergency food support has been readily available to anyone in Somerset who needs it throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. Set up with the help of Somerset’s Local Authorities at the start of the pandemic, the Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce […]