Category Coronavirus

Express yourself, boost your mood and win

Somerset youngsters can have fun expressing themselves seven different ways over seven days in a boost to improve mental health – and be in with a chance to win a prize as part of Place2be’s Children’s Mental Health Week. Somerset County Council has teamed up with ‘Young Somerset’ to launch the competition to win a […]

Growing old with domestic abuse – it’s never too late to get help

Ten per cent of older people will experience some form of domestic abuse and in Somerset the number of people over sixty-five reporting abuse is on the increase. Social isolation has been identified as one of the leading contributors and, at a time when more people are isolated due to the current lockdown, Somerset County […]

Somerset’s second large COVID-19 vaccination centre open

This week, The Bath and West Showground will start to vaccinate local residents and frontline heath and care workers from the highest priority groups.  The second large vaccination site in Somerset; will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm, as part of an additional wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. Final […]

New walk-through coronavirus testing site opens in Chard

A brand new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened at Chard’s Guildhall this week, as Somerset County Council continues to make testing widely available and accessible across the county. Achieved with the co-operation of Chard Town Council, Somerset Local Authorities and the Department of Health and Social Care, it is hoped the new Local Testing […]

Temporary schemes come to an end

Following the latest lockdown and closure of non-essential retail, schemes introduced to support social distancing and the reopening of high streets in two Somerset towns are to end. Temporary schemes introduced last summer in Yeovil and Bridgwater, featuring a pedestrianised zone and one-way system respectively, were funded by Government and overseen by Somerset’s Active Travel […]

Somerset County Council supports the national vaccination effort

Hundreds of Somerset County Council staff are working tirelessly alongside the NHS and within communities to help support the fight back against Coronavirus. Somerset County Council officers are redeployed from their ‘business as usual’ jobs to project manage the setting up of Somerset’s GP vaccination hubs, now live across Somerset. Council staff are also contacting […]

Further food support for families in third lockdown

Somerset County Council has allocated a further £427,000 of funding to help schools provide families with food support during this lockdown. During term time, the Department for Education (DfE) has asked schools to provide meal options for all pupils who are in school – including vulnerable children and the children of critical workers – as […]

Taunton Racecourse to deliver Covid vaccines

Taunton racecourse is set to open its doors on Monday 18 January as a new large vaccination centre for Somerset, part of a wave of ‘large’ vaccination centres opening across the country. The large vaccination site will open seven days a week, 8am – 8pm to offer the COVID-19 jab to people across Somerset, supporting […]

Word cloud Early Years Providers Somerset Thank you

‘THANK YOU’ to our early years staff

Following the Government’s announcement a week ago that England would enter a third period of national ‘lockdown’ measures in its fight to control Covid-19, many early years settings (including nurseries and childcare) remain open to all children. To all those working as childminders, in nurseries and other early years settings in Somerset, you are providing […]

Domestic abuse – hiding in the shadow of lockdown

Concerns are growing for people experiencing domestic abuse during the new lockdown. Somerset County Council is reassuring the public that help is, and will continue to be, available for people seeking help who are experiencing abuse from their partner or a family member – the current Government guidelines allow you to leave your home to […]