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Bold & Brave shop set to open in Somerset

A new shop which aims to help vulnerable young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Somerset. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se (Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise) and will be based at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. […]

Thank you to Somerset’s volunteers

This week is Volunteers Week and Somerset County Council is thanking all those who helped their communities over the past 12 months and highlighting the important role volunteers will play in the year ahead. Volunteers have played a vital role in the emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic whether helping people with food support, prescription […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens in Brean

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and holidaymakers at the Seagull Inn in Brean. The new testing site opened on Saturday, May 29 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or […]

£6m boost for Somerset’s economy

Somerset County Council has today announced details of a £6m package of funding to kickstart Somerset’s economy. The cash boost will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for […]

“Fresh air is your friend” Bank Holiday message from Public Health Director

Somerset’s Director of Public Health Professor Trudi Grant has issued a message to Somerset residents in the lead up to the bank holiday weekend and half term break, encouraging people to enjoy Somerset with caution. In a video message posted on Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Professor Trudi Grant said a big thank […]

Vaccination Buddies are here to help

People in Somerset who are feeling unsure about whether to have their Covid-19 vaccine are being encouraged to set up a call with a Vaccination Buddy. Vaccination Buddies are specially trained volunteers who are on hand to have supportive phone calls with people who have questions or concerns about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Somerset County […]

Summer of opportunity for Somerset’s Year 11s

Somerset students heading from Year 11 into Year 12 will have access to a wide range of free exciting educational opportunities this summer. From today (Monday, May 24), Year 11s can register to participate in activities which will help them meet new people, enjoy fun activities, access lots of free information and resources and get […]

£10m boost for public health to aid Somerset’s recovery from Covid

Somerset County Council is putting the health of Somerset’s residents first with a £10m boost to embed public health across all areas of council services. In announcing its spending plans for 2021/22, the County Council has confirmed investment to keep our residents safe, improve people’s physical and mental wellbeing, and help the county recover from […]

Play your part to reduce spread as lockdown measures are further eased

Somerset’s residents are encouraged to enjoy new freedoms like hugging and socialising indoors – but to do so carefully, as lockdown rules are further eased. From today (Monday, May 17) rules have been relaxed to enable people to socialise in limited numbers, hug loved ones, and visit pubs and restaurants indoors. But with cases of […]

Food support for families over May half-term

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the May half-term period. At its Full Council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, the Council Leader Cllr David Fothergill confirmed plans to allocate a total of £250,000 of funding to schools in Somerset to fund food vouchers over the […]