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Somerset’s Public Health Director encourages sensible precautions as the Government moves to ‘Plan B’

Health leaders in Somerset are urging everyone to continue taking sensible precautions and follow national guidance as the Government begins to move to ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions.  As we begin to see Omicron spread through regions of the UK, early concerns are being raised about the pressure on NHS services. The focus on vaccination as the primary way we can protect ourselves and our NHS remains clearer than ever, and Somerset County Council’s Public Health leaders are reminding anyone who is yet to receive […]

Council urges at risk groups to get FREE flu jab

Somerset County Council is urging people with underlying health conditions to take up the free offer of a flu vaccination if they haven’t already. Flu can affect anyone, but for those living with a long-term health condition, such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes or obesity, the effects of catching the flu can make it […]

10 top tips to beat the winter blues

Winter can be a challenging time for many people, Somerset County Council are sharing some top tips to help support people through these challenges. As the days get shorter and the weather wintery it is easy for people to become more isolated as they leave their homes less often. This can lead to loneliness, anxiety […]

’16 days of action’ helps employers tackle domestic abuse

The international campaign ‘Sixteen Days of Action’ against domestic abuse, (25 November to 10 December), encourages employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn to spot the signs of abuse.

Somerset’s first carbon neutral school

A new £7.3 million primary school planned for Taunton is set to become Somerset’s first net zero carbon school, and only the third ‘passivhaus’ school in the south west. The new 420-place primary school, which includes a 60-place nursery, will serve the Orchard Grove housing development in Comeytrowe and is needed to meet the expected […]

Children replaced by robots in hi-tech boost for learning

Somerset County Council’s investment in the latest robot technology is helping to ensure absent pupils can continue to access education when not in the classroom. The Council has invested in 50 AV1 robots to support students who can’t be in school – whether it’s because they are sick or overcoming physical or mental health challenges. […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge caution and care at Remembrance Day services

Remembrance services and parades will soon be taking place across the county to mark Armistice Day on Thursday 11 November, and Remembrance Sunday on 14 November. This year also marks the centenary of the Royal British Legion, and with services unable to take place last year due to coronavirus restrictions, Public Health Leaders across Somerset […]

Changes to Crewkerne and Ilminster schools to go ahead

Plans for major changes to protect the future delivery of education in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area will continue to progress following a High Court ruling. From September 2022, the area’s current three-tier school system will become a two-tier system with major changes including: Wadham School to become a secondary school. Maiden Beech, Ashlands, St […]

Volunteering team launches new Facebook page

A new Facebook page has been launched by Somerset County Council’s Central Volunteer Team to keep people informed about Somerset County Council’s volunteer opportunities, key updates and good news stories. Volunteering was significantly impacted by the pandemic, with many services unable to operate due to lockdown. As restrictions ease and more volunteering roles are returning […]

Call for more Covid Community Champions as Somerset cases remain high

As Covid-19 cases remain high in Somerset, there is a renewed call for people to step forward and become Covid Community Champions. The Covid Community Champion Network has been going from strength to strength since it was first launched in October last year. There are now well over 100 trained Champions across Somerset, sharing messages […]