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New branding announced for Somerset Council

Somerset residents will get their first sight of the new branding for council services in the county today as papers are published ahead of Somerset County Council’s Executive next week. Documents include proposals for the new branding for Somerset Council to be used to identify public services provided by the new unitary council from April […]

Somerset primary school undergoes work to reduce its carbon footprint

Wookey Primary School near Wells has become the latest in a line of Somerset buildings to receive a ‘decarbonisation’ makeover as part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to making its buildings more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The type of work carried out varies from building to building, but includes features such as cavity wall […]

Award recognition for Somerset County Council Safeguarding staff

A Somerset County Council social worker has been recognised for her outstanding work and won a national award. Louise White, Somerset County Council service manager for Safeguarding, was one of the winners at the Safeguarding Adults Board ‘We See You – We Hear You’ Excellence Awards held virtually on November 25. The awards, which are […]

‘Claim your status’ this World AIDS Day

Today (Thursday 1 December) marks World AIDS Day. Over 105,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. To support the UK ambition of ending new infections of HIV by 2030, Somerset County Council is working together with The Eddystone Trust and the […]

Volunteers needed for Independent Remuneration Panel

Somerset County Council needs volunteers to join an independent panel, which sets the allowances payable to its elected members. The Independent Remuneration Panel, a legally required body, makes recommendations to the Council about the different financial allowances elected members can receive. Being a panel member will involve researching the amounts other authorities make available to […]

Holiday activities for Somerset’s ‘free school meal’ pupils on offer again this winter

More free, fun activities are on offer this December for Somerset children eligible for free school meals. The Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project is once again being delivered by Somerset County Council and the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) as part of a Government initiative to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical […]

Somerset – make sure you get your winter vaccinations

With winter upon us, Somerset residents are being reminded to protect their health and the health of people around them by getting their flu and Covid-19 vaccinations.   Covid and flu vaccinations are safe and effective ways to prevent serious illness.  If you’re 50 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, pregnant, have a […]

Somerset joins network to offer better support to county’s most vulnerable residents 

Somerset will be able to offer better support to its residents after joining forces with a national network that offers expertise in providing effective help to people to access our services.  Somerset is one of 10 new areas approved to join the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) network, joining the existing 32 locations already taking […]

Cash incentives for landlords who help house Ukrainian refugees

An appeal for private landlords to come forward with vacant, or soon-to-be vacant, properties for rent, has been launched. Generous Somerset sponsors have been hosting refugee families under the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. Accommodation is now needed as part of a planned pathway across all Councils for moving guests out of sponsor accommodation and into […]

Somerset residents benefit from free training to help boost earnings

Adults in Somerset have already gained new skills and jobs in tech and digital sectors after benefiting from free government-funded Skills Bootcamps. Skills Bootcamps, managed by Somerset and Dorset County Councils, are courses ranging from 3 to 16 weeks, developed alongside industry partners to offer skills in in-demand sectors, such as welding, programming, data analytics, […]