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Free training for social entrepreneurs

Social enterprises, charities and co-operatives in Somerset can sign up for free bespoke training – plus a grant of £1,200. Somerset County Council is supporting the free training to be held in Taunton between September 2019 and January 2020. The course involves six days of learning spread over five months and will help delegates: Develop […]

The Bridgwater Way Workplace Challenge – the results are in!

The Bridgwater Way workplace challenge took place over four weeks from 23 May resulting in a huge 14,494 journeys undertaken through sustainable transport modes such as walking, car share and public transport; saving over 5,000kg of CO2 emissions alone. The challenge encouraged nine local businesses to download the ‘BetterPoints’ App; a free Smartphone App through […]

From the Levels to Latin America

  The overwhelming volunteer response to severe flooding in Somerset in 2013-14 is sending ripples across the world – reaching as far as South America. Huge numbers of people stepped forward to help communities on the Levels and Moors after water levels rose, flooding homes, businesses and roads. In the wake of the emergency, Somerset […]

Celebrating a mental health milestone

More than 60 schools have signed up to a County Council initiative helping them promote and protect mental health and wellbeing. A special celebration has taken place to mark the milestone, looking back on the first year of Somerset Wellbeing Framework which helps schools develop an approach which goes beyond the classroom, touching on all […]

Unsung heroes honoured

Somerset’s unsung community heroes have been honoured by County Council Chair Nigel Taylor for their tireless efforts. Footpath champions, litter-pickers, village hall veterans and public loo saviours were among those honoured by Councillor Taylor when he presented awards recently. The annual awards recognise outstanding commitment to Somerset’s communities and Cllr Taylor is delighted to be […]

Lift-off for Summer Reading Challenge

Lift-off is on the horizon for Somerset’s young readers who are being challenged to go to the moon and beyond by Somerset Libraries this summer. Space Chase is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge 2019 where  youngsters sign up to read six books over their summer holidays in return for futuristic rewards. Councillor […]

Key Bridgwater cycle link set to complete this week

Key road works, including improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bridgwater are set to finish in their entirety this week, with the one way system ending ahead of schedule. The works included County Council schemes to improve cycle and footways between the Wylds Rd/The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, and improve the […]

Communities supported to find local solutions

  More and more communities across Somerset are working with Somerset County Council to find local solutions to local issues such as loneliness, transport and care in the community. Wivey Cares approached the Council for help and support to set up as a charitable organisation, wanting to help meet the needs of people living in […]

More Breastfeeding Support for Somerset families

More breastfeeding support is available for new mums and families across Somerset in a drive to help them build close and loving relationships with their baby through breastfeeding and other positive practices. It’s National Breastfeeding Week this week (Thursday 20 to Wednesday 26 June), and breastfeeding is scientifically proven to benefit both mum and baby. […]

Somerset Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

  Four voluntary groups in Somerset have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Forum 21, Portishead in Bloom, Somerset Sight and the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership have all been recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the lives of others in […]