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Rise in number of Somerset students taking on Duke of Edinburgh Awards

More and more ambitious young people in Somerset are taking up the opportunity to improve their leadership and communication skills by pursuing a Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award. Following two years of turbulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Somerset DofE team are delighted that a total of 2,649 students have started an award in […]

Lord Lieutenant thanks Covid unsung heroes on Weston-super-Mare leg of Jubilee Jaunt

Weston-super-Mare hosted the third leg of the Somerset Jubilee Jaunt on Thursday, May 12. The Jaunt sees the Lord Lieutenant (the Queen’s representative in Somerset Mrs Annie Maw) take part in a 70-mile trek from Clevedon to Exmoor split into seven 10-mile sections to celebrate the region as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in […]

Minehead Library reopens after major refurbishment

Minehead Library has officially reopened in Bancks Street after significant refurbishment to make the facilities more accessible, modern, and energy efficient. When the library opened in 1962 it won a Civic Trust Award, but after nearly sixty years of service the building was in need of upgrading. The roof was at the end of its […]

Lord Lieutenant takes on second part of Jubilee Jaunt challenge to mark Somerset Day

Somerset’s Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw is to dedicate the second leg of her Jubilee Jaunt to Somerset Day – “to honour not only Her Majesty but also our fantastic county.” Annie broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia.  But she won’t be letting life in a wheelchair get […]

Share your story for Foster Care Fortnight to win £500 in vouchers

Somerset residents of all ages are being encouraged to get creative for the chance to win £500 in vouchers for their short story,  To celebrate Foster Care Fortnight from 9th – 22nd May, Fostering In Somerset has teamed up with Somerset Libraries to run an exciting competition, encouraging people to visit their local library and […]

Win Somerset festival tickets with hidden pebbles

Somerset residents have a chance to win local festival tickets by finding branded competition pebbles hidden around the county.   100 Beach Pebbles have been hidden around Somerset as part of a fun competition to help raise awareness for fostering and Theo’s Story – a 40 second promotional video from Fostering In Somerset, currently shortlisted for a […]

Employment advice service coming to a location near you

Looking for work, new skills and training opportunities or information on how to grow your business?  Would you like to try out digital equipment to find out what might suit you? Then come and visit us at the new Step Up to Mobile Outreach service which is coming to a location near you. Step Up […]

Nominations for election published

The full list of people standing for election to Somerset County Council on 5 May has been published. There are 110 seats available across the county, two in the 55 divisions with voters able to cast two votes in each division – the area that councillors represent – on polling day. Yesterday (5 April) was […]

Somerset’s Public Health team urges Spring Booster jab take up

Somerset County Council’s Public Health team is urging older and more vulnerable residents to take up the offer of a free, further Covid-19 booster vaccine. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), as part of its latest review of the UK vaccination programme, has recommended an additional spring booster dose for our most vulnerable […]

Duke of Edinburgh Award students plant trees for the Jubilee

Six Somerset students working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award planted some new trees as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The youngsters were fortunate enough to have a selected a glorious spring day for the occasion as they planted the new trees at the SSE Outdoors Centre in Kilve. The trees were planted […]