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Somerset – make sure you get your winter vaccinations

With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.   Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.  If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a […]

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

Somerset powering forward as world leaders call for more renewable energy

Community solar projects and a green energy plan for Somerset are among the local actions taking place in response to the global climate emergency. World leaders attending the COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt this week are calling for a more urgent drive on delivering greater amounts of renewable energy. Here in Somerset, this call is […]

Award recognition for Somerset’s Leaving Care Team

Somerset County Council’s Leaving Care Team has been named as runner up for a prestigious national award. The team were named runners up in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF) Awards, held at The Studio in Birmingham. SCC’s Leaving Care Team, who were praised in the Council’s […]

“Don’t forget the most vulnerable in budget” Council Leaders’ plea to Chancellor

Council leaders in Somerset have highlighted the need to support care services in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next week.  Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Jeremy Hunt was the minister who brought social care into the same department as health, so he more than anyone understands that the country can’t have a properly functioning NHS […]

Somerset Councils launch countywide Business Survey 2022

Somerset’s five Local Authorities are jointly undertaking a survey to better understand and support local businesses, now and in the future. The Somerset Business Survey 2022 is live and can be completed here. Businesses are encouraged to take part and share the link with their networks. The more responses there are, the more accurate the […]

£300k boost for Somerset tree planting plans 

Ambitious plans to plant thousands of new trees in Somerset have received a £300,000 funding boost.  Planting significant numbers of new trees is a key part of Somerset’s Climate Emergency Strategy to help the county achieve its ambition of becoming net zero by 2030.  However, this isn’t as simple as just finding some spare land […]

Could you be a Stepping Stones carer?

Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young care leavers.  Stepping Stones carers support young care leavers aged 16-21, who are making the transition from care to independent living, but are not yet ready to live on their own. This involves providing them with a safe place to stay, helping them gain important life skills […]

New Lord-Lieutenant for Somerset

Somerset will officially have a new Lord-Lieutenant from Saturday (October 29th). Mohammed Saddiq takes over from Annie Maw CVO, who retires after nearly eight years in the role. Having worked in the renewable energy and utility sectors for 30 years, Mr Saddiq has now stepped down from his position as Executive Director of Operations at […]

Care Leavers Week 2022 celebrated with art around identity

An exhibition featuring the work of young people leaving care is open at Taunton Library from this week to celebrate Care Leavers Week 2022.  Based around the theme of identity, the exhibition features art, photography, writing, film and more. Each piece of work has been created by a young person aged 16 to 25 who […]