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Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

An ambitious mentoring programme is being launched to make the expertise of the county’s most knowledgeable business-people available to businesses across Somerset. Twenty mentors are being recruited to join the programme in its initial stage, where they will receive free mentor training. Executive and senior management level business leaders, successful entrepreneurs or business consultants, who […]

Social care like you’ve never seen it before – bold new recruitment campaign launched in Somerset

The ‘My Time to Care’ campaign was shot entirely in Somerset and stars local carers in six new videos being launched today (Monday, January 16). Somerset County Council has joined forces with the NHS and Registered Care Providers Association for the new campaign, which aims to empower carers, and show how working in social care […]

Sequel to award-winning fostering campaign launched on primetime television 

A new animated film promoting fostering Somerset children and young people premiered on ITV and Sky during the ITV Evening News last month.  The film – ‘Anna’s Story’- follows a teenager in care and is the sequel to Somerset County Council’s award-winning 2020 fostering campaign, Theo’s Story.   There are currently more than 550 young people […]

Small business should be at the heart of energy support, says Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council has called for any review of energy price support for businesses to focus on support for small businesses and the adoption of green and renewable energy. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, signed by Councillor Val Keitch, Executive Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, and Councillor Sarah […]

Work underway to review office and customer access buildings for new Somerset Council

With fewer than 100 days to go until the launch of the new unitary Somerset Council on 1 April 2023, work is underway to understand where offices and customer service delivery points might be situated. Somerset Council is committed to putting the customer at the heart of its services and will have customer hubs all […]

No Place Like Home – helping patients in Somerset leave hospital as soon as they’re well enough

Health and care organisations in Somerset are working together to raise awareness of the benefits of patients recovering at home as soon as they are well enough to leave hospital. ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ promotes the benefits of recovering at home to patients and their families. Being in hospital during a period of serious […]

Somerset family donates Christmas gifts to young people leaving care 

Inspired by the John Lewis Christmas campaign, a Somerset family has filled and donated festive gift bags for local teenagers in care.   Eddie, a year nine pupil at King’s College, Taunton, wanted to support young people in care after watching this year’s popular John Lewis Christmas advert, which highlights the increasing number of Children Looked […]

New Senior Coroner for Somerset

Somerset County Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Samantha Marsh as the new Senior Coroner for Somerset. Mrs Marsh has been in post as Acting Senior Coroner for Somerset since the retirement of Tony Williams in March 2022. Coroners are judicial office holders who are independently appointed and are responsible for investigating deaths […]

New branding for Somerset Council confirmed

The new branding for many of Somerset’s public services was confirmed at a meeting of Somerset County Council’s Executive today (14 December 2022), with the approval of a brand for the new Somerset Council.  The new brand will begin to appear on council services from April next year when the new unitary Council comes into […]

Families urged to share their thoughts as SEND consultation nears its closing date  

There is just over one week left to have your say on Somerset’s new plan for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).  The Somerset SEND Partnership (made up of Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset, Somerset Parent Carer Forum and local education providers), is urging families to share their thoughts before […]