Category families

Lord Lieutenant takes on extraordinary 70-mile Somerset Jubilee Jaunt

The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw is about to embark on an ambitious 70-mile wheelchair marathon – to celebrate seven decades of the Queen’s reign. Annie broke her back in a horse riding accident 20 years ago resulting in paraplegia.  But she won’t be letting life in a wheelchair get in the way of […]

Dragons and jelly? It can only be Dad’s Club

Taunton Libraries’ Dad’s Club is proving a popular event, giving dads the opportunity to have some fun and quality time with their children. At the most recent event, dads and children alike enjoyed activities including the painting table, rescuing dragons from the Jelly and the digital table to name but a few. In a survey […]

February half term food support to combat holiday hunger

Somerset County Council is once again working with schools to provide food vouchers to families eligible for Free School Meals to combat holiday hunger over the February half-term. The Council has helped provide food vouchers to those children in need of support during the school holidays since October 2020, providing a much-needed boost to families […]

Somerset Foster Carer celebrates 80th birthday and ongoing fostering career

A Somerset foster carer recently celebrated her 80th birthday – with half her life dedicated to fostering vulnerable children.   Rosemary, who recently turned eighty, has fostered children for the last forty years and marked the special occasion with a trip to London and surprise meal organised by close friends and family, including two ‘very special’ […]

Ambitious 10-year blueprint for cycling and walking network in Somerset launched

Somerset County Council has unveiled plans for major new safe cycling and walking routes in the county to help create greener, healthier and more active streets. The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs) for Yeovil and Taunton are the first to be published – they’ll be followed by plans for Bridgwater and Frome and […]

Your Somerset – Winter 2021

Check out the latest edition of Your Somerset – out now… Your Somerset is delivered to households across Somerset, three times a year and contains news and information about the Council’s services and campaigns and projects that the County Council and our partners are involved in. The Winter 2021 issue is packed full of useful information […]

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 […]

Free fun activities return for eligible children this winter

Children and young people eligible for free school meals in Somerset will once again be offered free fun activities over the school holidays this winter.  Young people aged 5 – 16 years will have the opportunity to take part in enriching physical activities and be provided with a nutritious meal and information about eating healthily, as part […]

Supporting women and helping to reduce the number of children in care

Work to support women who have repeatedly experienced having children removed from their care was highlighted at a recent event. Somerset County Council highlighted the work of its practice ‘Pause Somerset’ at the Nelson Trust Women’s Centre in Bridgwater, as part of an event to celebrate the work of the women-only space where a wide […]

Survey launched to shape Somerset services and support for young carers

Young carers, and those who know them best, are invited to have their say in shaping and improving services across Somerset. Somerset County Council is inviting young carers, their parents/guardians, schools and other professionals working with young carers in Somerset to complete short anonymous surveys by Sunday 21 November in order to gain a better […]