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Council contact centres support vaccination efforts

Staff from Somerset’s Local Authorities have helped to speed up the county’s vaccination programme by making thousands of calls to organise vaccine appointments. Throughout the course of the pandemic, the contact centres of Somerset’s five councils have joined forces to support the people of Somerset and the NHS. During that time the contact centre staff […]

Council steps up commitment to veterans at start of Armed Forces Week

VIPs from public services and the Armed Forces will gather outside County Hall in Taunton on 21 June to honour Service personnel past and present at the start of Armed Forces Week. The Armed Forces flag will be raised by Somerset County Council’s Vice Chair, Cllr Mark Keating. He will be joined by senior figures […]

Thank you to Somerset’s volunteers

This week is Volunteers Week and Somerset County Council is thanking all those who helped their communities over the past 12 months and highlighting the important role volunteers will play in the year ahead. Volunteers have played a vital role in the emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic whether helping people with food support, prescription […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens in Brean

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and holidaymakers at the Seagull Inn in Brean. The new testing site opened on Saturday, May 29 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or […]

£6m boost for Somerset’s economy

Somerset County Council has today announced details of a £6m package of funding to kickstart Somerset’s economy. The cash boost will include financial support for businesses, financial support for individuals and a range of other measures to stimulate the economy and boost the county as it recovers from coronavirus. Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for […]

“Fresh air is your friend” Bank Holiday message from Public Health Director

Somerset’s Director of Public Health Professor Trudi Grant has issued a message to Somerset residents in the lead up to the bank holiday weekend and half term break, encouraging people to enjoy Somerset with caution. In a video message posted on Somerset County Council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, Professor Trudi Grant said a big thank […]

Vaccination Buddies are here to help

People in Somerset who are feeling unsure about whether to have their Covid-19 vaccine are being encouraged to set up a call with a Vaccination Buddy. Vaccination Buddies are specially trained volunteers who are on hand to have supportive phone calls with people who have questions or concerns about getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Somerset County […]

Summer of opportunity for Somerset’s Year 11s

Somerset students heading from Year 11 into Year 12 will have access to a wide range of free exciting educational opportunities this summer. From today (Monday, May 24), Year 11s can register to participate in activities which will help them meet new people, enjoy fun activities, access lots of free information and resources and get […]

Help shape the future of public services in Somerset

Somerset County Council is inviting residents, businesses and organisations across Somerset to join discussions to help shape the future of public services in the county. The Government’s eight-week consultation on local government reorganisation in Somerset closed on 19 April and letters have been sent to households across Somerset inviting people to get involved in the […]

Unsung heroes of the pandemic honoured with Somerset Medal

A select few of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes are unveiled today as the first ever winners of the Somerset Medal.  The Somerset Medal has been launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best – with the winners announced as the county celebrates Somerset Day.  They include vaccination volunteers, food deliverers, PPE producers, pop-up shop keepers and a whole host of other good Samaritans who […]