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Shining a light on Private Fostering 

Some people in Somerset may be looking after someone else’s child and not realise they are actually a private foster carer – that’s the message being shared by Somerset County Council as part of Private Fostering Awareness Week.  This week Somerset County Council is highlighting the support and advice available for private foster carers, and to remind them it is a legal requirement to inform the Local Authority if […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour at Bridgwater Fair

This week is the time for Bridgwater funfair again and Somerset’s Public Health Leaders are encouraging people to enjoy the event safely. From 29th September until 2nd October, Bridgwater Fair returns to St. Matthews Field. Case numbers in Bridgwater are still high, so whilst Somerset County Council welcomes the return of the fair, people are […]

Second set of Somerset Medal winners receive their awards

Dedicated groups, teams, and other volunteers were among the second round of recipients awarded a Somerset Medal for their outstanding service during the coronavirus pandemic. The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners honoured at a special reception at […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director thanks residents ahead of Government’s Winter Plan rollout

Health leaders in Somerset welcome a cautious approach as the Government unveils its plans for tackling Covid-19 during Autumn and Winter, placing an emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, testing and tracing, and individual’s behaviour. From as soon as next week, vaccines will be offered to otherwise healthy 12 – 15-year-olds, via the school immunisation […]

Join Queen’s Green Canopy tree-planting initiative for Platinum Jubilee

Somerset residents, communities, and organisations are being asked to join a national initiative to plant trees in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Next year will mark 70 years since HM The Queen came to the throne – the longest reign in our history.  There are various plans for celebrations to mark her Platinum Jubilee, […]

KickStart scheme boosting career prospects for young people in Somerset

Somerset County Council is helping young people getting into the world of work though the Government’s KickStart programme, and there are more vacancies still available. The KickStart Programme offers young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit the chance to land a six-month work placement, paid at national minimum wage for 25 hours per […]

Inspiring hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

Friday, September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, and Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to be aware of the role they can play in preventing suicide. One in every 100 deaths worldwide is the result of suicide. It can affect every one of us. The Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly tough and for many […]

Digital Innovation Centre set for Firepool site

Somerset County Council has approved funding which paves the way for a new £11m Digital Innovation Centre at the Firepool site in Taunton. The centre will be a flagship development for Taunton, building on local strengths in the digital sector and forming a key part of plans for recovery and transformation of the Somerset economy, […]

Dedicated community groups and teams honoured in next round of Somerset Medal

Groups, teams and other volunteers will be presented with the Somerset Medal next month after being recognised as some of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes.  The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best. The first individual winners were announced on Somerset Day with a second round […]

£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on […]