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Have your say on Somerset’s SEND strategy

Members of the public in Somerset are invited to have their say on a new draft strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND). The Somerset SEND Partnership, which includes Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and local education providers, have launched a consultation for the public […]

Somerset’s Homelessness Health and Wellbeing work is runner up in National Awards 

Work that has improved the health and wellbeing of Somerset’s homeless population has been named as a runner up in the finals of the Royal Society for Public Health’s prestigious Health & Wellbeing Awards 2022 in the ‘Health Equity’ category.  Somerset was shortlisted for its work protecting the county’s homeless population.  The award ceremony took […]

Somerset County Council Customer Services team named best in the South West 

Somerset County Council’s Contact Centre has been recognised for its outstanding work supporting residents who call up the council for help.  The SCC Contact Centre was named the South West Contact Centre Forum (SWCCF) ‘Contact Centre of the Year – in house’ winner for 2022.  The Contact Centre team deal with more than 300,000 interactions […]

Support to mitigate impact of Cost of Living crisis this winter

Somerset County Council’s Executive today (Wednesday, 19 October) approved a wide-ranging package of support to help Somerset people deal with the impacts of the Cost of Living crisis this winter. Support includes financial assistance with food and energy bills through the Household Support Fund, a ‘Warm Welcome’ network of venues where people can find warmth […]

Volunteer heroes celebrated with Somerset Community Resilience Award

The founder of a support group and a village community group have been named as the first two winners of the inaugural Somerset Community Resilience Award. Sarah Kanah-ah, who set up Somerset Anxiety Support, and volunteers for St John’s Ambulance and the Red Cross, won the individual award. Stoke St Gregory’s Heart of the Village […]

Somerset DofE team receive Tree of Trees recognition for Jubilee support

Somerset’s Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award team has received a special tree from the Queen’s Green Canopy ‘Tree of Trees’ as a thank you for the valuable work the team does for the benefit of the community. Designed by artist Thomas Heatherwick, the Tree of Trees sculpture made up of 350 smaller British native trees […]

Somerset County Council launches Orange Button Scheme at Walk for a Life event

More than 50 people walked through the streets of Taunton on Saturday to raise awareness of suicide across Somerset. Many of those taking part in Somerset County Council’s inaugural ‘Walk for a Life’ event were walking in memory of loved ones or because of their own experiences. The groups paused for reflection at Vivary Park’s […]

Campaign launched to tackle under-reporting of Disability Hate Crimes in Somerset

Disability Hate Crime is under-reported in Somerset, so Somerset County Council has teamed up with Frome-based community arts learning disability charity OpenStoryTellers to raise awareness this National Hate Crime Awareness Week (10 – 15 October). Hate crime can take many forms – including verbal abuse and insults, bullying (both online and in person), anti-social behaviours, […]

Somerset social workers shortlisted for top national award

Two brilliant Somerset social workers have been shortlisted for a prestigious award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and practice. Louise White and Janet Hardy, who are both Service Managers in Somerset County Council’s Adult Social Care Department, have been selected as finalists in the Team Leader of the Year (Adult Services) category at the […]

Hundreds sign up to help shape council services

More than 300 people have signed up to help shape the future of council services in Somerset. From April 2023, Somerset’s five councils will be replaced by the new unitary Somerset Council which will deliver all council services to all communities – from waste collection and adult social care to housing, benefits and parks. A […]