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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 […]

Volunteer from home and help to shape services across Somerset

Want to volunteer but feel like your options are limited due to lockdown? Somerset County Council’s Digital Customer Volunteers initiative provides an opportunity for volunteers to help the Council provide better services, without having to leave home. Volunteers have played a crucial part in providing support to Somerset’s communities over the past year and helping […]

New Enterprise Centres open in Wells and Wiveliscombe

Two new business-boosting Enterprise Centres have joined the Somerset network with the completion and handover of purpose-built units in Wells and Wiveliscombe thanks to Somerset County Council and partners. The Wiveliscombe centre, located on the old Karro’s Food Group site at Sandy Moor Lane, offers 10 two-person offices and seven small light industrial units suitable […]

£400k boost for vital Citizens Advice services

A group of Somerset charities which provide free, confidential, and impartial advice on everything from money and employment to housing and relationships have been awarded a grant of £400,000 by Somerset County Council. During the coronavirus pandemic, Citizens Advice services in Somerset have stepped up the services offered through their freephone Adviceline, with face-to-face appointments […]

Applications open for support with Easter holiday activities

Somerset County Council has joined up with Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) to organise a programme for the forthcoming Easter holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Somerset’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and social isolation. The County Council has already confirmed it will continue to fund Free School […]

More money for frontline services as council sets out spending plans

More money to support elderly and vulnerable people, more money for children in need, and more money to tackle the climate emergency have all been confirmed as Somerset County Council sets out its spending plan for the next financial year. The budget for 2021/22, which received cross-party support today at Full Council, also includes a […]

Volunteers step up to help with vaccine roll out

Somerset County Council and the NHS have paid tribute to all the fantastic volunteers supporting Somerset’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. More than 1,000 people have answered the call supporting 20 vaccination sites across the county including community-based locations, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and large vaccination centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath & West Showground. […]

From care to career – meet the Leaving Care apprentices

Leaving care can be tough – but a Somerset County Council apprenticeship scheme is helping young people use their own experiences to kickstart their careers. Four young people who have spent time in care have been recruited as apprentices with the Council’s Leaving Care Team and are currently combining learning with employment. For Ebony, aged […]

Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Somerset County Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a letter sent to Council Leader David Fothergill, the Prime Minster also said the Government had no concern about the Council’s use of Covid-19 funding and thanked the council for voluntarily reporting back on spending. The letter […]

Council staff joining Somerset’s army of vaccinators

Public health staff from Somerset County Council are rolling up their sleeves – and those of others – to join the army of vaccinators in the county. Jo Smith is the first fully trained Somerset County Council vaccinator, working in the Burnham-on-Sea vaccination site, and is combining her new role with her day job by […]