Category Adult Social Care

Yeovil pop-up care home opens doors

A new pop-up care home has now opened its doors to some of Somerset’s most elderly and frail residents as part of the fight against Coronavirus.

Somerset’s innovative health and social care sector attracts national praise

Somerset has been singled out for national praise thanks to the County Council’s exemplary support of communities and care providers…

Free train travel to help those fleeing domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is supporting a scheme which gives free rail travel to people fleeing domestic abuse. Under the scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’, train operators will cover the cost of train tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation during the lockdown. The financial barrier of travel is one of the many things that can make […]

Council staff take on new roles to lead Somerset’s coronavirus response

More than 1,100 Somerset County Council staff have signed up to be redeployed in vital new roles during the coronavirus emergency. From joining adult social care teams to distributing nearly a million items of PPE, staff are temporarily leaving their ‘day jobs’ in other departments and taking on fresh roles where the need is greatest […]

£3m boost for Somerset’s care heroes, as County Hall is lit up in their honour

Somerset’s heroic care providers will receive an extra £3 million to help them support vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Top marks for ingenuity as Somerset schools rise to PPE challenge

Schools may be closed to most pupils during the Coronavirus pandemic – but they are using their skills and resources to help in the battle to protect frontline carers. The Castle School in Taunton has started making protective visors, using laser cutters, and is working with Somerset County Council and Somerset Care to make sure […]

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Urgent call for carers

Somerset’s local authorities call for care workers to come forward and play a vital role in tackling Coronavirus pressures…

Look after your neighbour and your community as COVID-19 cases increase

There has been an outpouring of public support and care for each other across Somerset communities as COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to increase across the UK. Somerset County Council is delighted to see so many rally around and offer their support to those in communities self-isolating, the elderly or those in identified ‘at risk’ groups such […]

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]