Category Adult Social Care

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

“Don’t forget the most vulnerable in budget” Council Leaders’ plea to Chancellor

Council leaders in Somerset have highlighted the need to support care services in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement next week.  Councillor Bill Revans, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “Jeremy Hunt was the minister who brought social care into the same department as health, so he more than anyone understands that the country can’t have a properly functioning NHS […]

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 […]

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 […]

100 reasons to make the most of Somerset’s Home Library Service

From Hogwarts to Westeros, reading has the ability to transport us to completely different places from within the comfort of our own homes – something that is even more valuable for people who find themselves housebound.  Somerset’s Home Library Service (HLS) is run by Somerset County Council with the support of amazing volunteers. It enables […]

New service announced for wheelchair and community equipment users

Somerset County Council and NHS Somerset are launching a new Community Equipment and Wheelchair Service to help people live more independently.

Food vouchers return for Summer Holidays

Schools will once again provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the summer holidays. Somerset County Council is distributing approximately £1.2m from the Government’s Household Support Fund directly to schools to help fund food vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals over the summer holidays. The […]

Support for Somerset households with food and energy bills

Somerset residents who are struggling to pay the bills could be eligible for support with the cost of food, energy, water, and other essentials over the coming months. Somerset County Council has been allocated £3.8m to distribute before September 30th as part of the second round of funding provided through the Government’s Household Support Fund. […]

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 […]

Man taking part in dementia technology demonstration holding a paintbrush over digital artwork

Ambitious plans to transform dementia services in Somerset

Health and social care organisations in Somerset have unveiled ambitious plans to invest in services and transform care for the county’s 9,400 people living with dementia. Somerset County Council is working with the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and community and charitable sectors to redesign nursing and residential homes, and invest in new technologies and […]