Category Families and Children

Book first at new look library service

Somerset Libraries have rolled out a new order-and-collect service giving customers access to library books while staying safely socially distanced. Libraries have been opening over the last few weeks in phases across the county and offering the new service, with the final four – Chard, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Martock libraries – now open. With the […]

Message of support to pupils and staff after difficult exam confusion

The achievements of young people in Somerset should not be forgotten in the confusion of the past week, says Somerset County Council’s Education Cabinet Member. On GCSE results day Councillor Faye Purbrick has sent a personal message of support on behalf of the Council to all students and staff after a rollercoaster two weeks during […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]

Silly ideas to keep the whole family entertained this summer

Families across Somerset can enjoy a vibrant programme of free live online events this summer, as part of the Library Service’s ‘Silly Squad’ 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. The events, run by Somerset County Council, will be involving quality authors and performers, all keen to keep children entertained. Delivered in collaboration with ASCEL (Association of Senior […]

Parent hacks – digital toolkit launched to help Somerset parents

A new online maternity toolkit designed to offer accessible information to families about pregnancy and parenthood has been launched in Somerset for World Breastfeeding Week, 1st – 7th August. The new Somerset Maternity Toolkit, from Somerset County Council and the wider Local Maternity System (LMS) offers trustworthy information and digital support from pre-conception information and […]

Funding means more of the right help at the right time for families

A £600k funding injection over three years from Somerset County Council and some great partnership working means more vulnerable families in Somerset will receive the help and support they need. The Somerset Early Help Fund has been launched and promoted by the Somerset Community Foundation in partnership with the County Council. It is working with […]

Student laptops for old tech

Vulnerable young people in Somerset are benefiting from a Somerset County Council technology recycling scheme. The County Council’s ICT department is buying laptops for vulnerable young people in Somerset using money raised from selling old staff devices. So far 71 laptops have been bought and welcomed by recipients – especially as some had been having […]

Team effort to support vulnerable families in summer holidays

Somerset is once again pulling together to ensure food is delivered to the most vulnerable families in the county during the summer holidays. Free school meals vouchers will be available for eligible children during the break following a recent Government announcement, and Somerset County Council is working with partner agencies and volunteers to support families […]

County Council provides free emergency PPE for Early Years

Free packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in emergencies will be supplied to Early Years providers in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Early Years staff use gloves and aprons in the ordinary course of their work and will continue to do so as normal. Current Government guidance is that an adult in […]

Painting of Glastonbury Tor courtesy of Gill's gallery (Burnham-on-Sea).

Somerset celebrates care heroes during Carers Week

Somerset is celebrating National Carers Week this week (8-14 June) to raise awareness and celebrate the vital role Somerset’s estimated 50,000 carers…