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New Financial Wellbeing project launches

A new Somerset Financial Wellbeing project is being launched to support people concerned about money and help them to plan for a better financial future. The project is being delivered by the four Somerset-based credit unions: Westcountry Savings & Loans, Great Western Credit Union, Somerset Community Credit Union, and Mendip Community Credit Union. The exciting […]

Raising the flag to show support for Somerset’s Armed Forces

Somerset County Council has raised the flag outside County Hall in Taunton to mark Armed Forces Day. Somerset County Council Chairman Cllr Mike Best was joined by the Council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Henry Hobhouse, Council Leader Cllr Bill Revans, and Deputy Council Leader Cllr Liz Leyshon for the flag raising ceremony on Monday morning […]

Have your say on how Somerset should prioritise £7m UK Shared Prosperity Funding

A questionnaire is now open giving Somerset residents and businesses the chance to have their say on how more than £7m of funding should be spent to help build pride in local communities and increase life chances. Somerset has been allocated a total of £7.26m of funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to […]

Gifted Levy partnership helps care home apprenticeships in Somerset

Somerset County Council has linked up with one of the UK’s leading training providers and a fast-growing care company to help ease the industry-wide staffing crisis in residential care homes in the region. The Council is helping to fund the training of 14 new apprentices to support care home provider Harbour Healthcare. Harbour Healthcare has […]

Seven Top Tips for better wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week (13 – 19 June) Somerset County Council is sharing seven top tips for better wellbeing after latest statistics show 10 per cent of all UK men suffer from at least one common mental health disorder. All Somerset residents are encouraged to make time to look after their health and wellbeing this […]

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 […]