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Don’t Slip Up

To help prevent slips and falls in the home and outdoors, Somerset County Council has been promoting some top tips online on how to reduce the risk of a fall this ‘Slips and Falls’ Awareness Week (23-29 Sep). As people get older, there is an increased risk of falling. Simple measures however can reduce the […]

Summer Reading Challenge lands after successful mission

Over 7,000 children visited libraries across Somerset to take part in ‘Space Chase’ – this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Children signed up to read up to six books over the summer and received rewards for every book they read. During the holidays over 160,000 […]

Extended Suicide Bereavement Support Service Launched Today

World Suicide Prevention Day (Tuesday 10 September) is being marked today by the launch of an improved and extended Somerset Suicide Bereavement Support Service funded by Somerset County Council. Somerset is one of just a handful of places in the country to have had a service since 2012, and it is now being expanded to […]

Pop in to the pop-up

  An eye-catching “pop-up” vehicle is out and about in Somerset offering activities and high-tech wizardry throughout the county. Somerset Libraries’ new outreach vehicle is kitted-out with some of the cutting-edge technology which is fast becoming a popular feature in libraries, including the latest virtual reality headsets, 3D printing, augmented reality, drones, tablets and laptops. […]

Red Ensign flies in honour of the Merchant Navy

  The Red Ensign is flying at County Hall in recognition of Merchant Navy Day today (3 Sept). Somerset County Council is joining local authorities across the country in flying the flag, raising awareness of the UK’s on-going dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers and remembering the wartime sacrifices they made. The Second World War broke […]

Volunteer Elaine wins Pride Award

Somerset volunteer Elaine Culley has been honoured for her role in supporting young people and vulnerable adult detainees who enter police custody. Elaine volunteers as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for Somerset County Council’s Youth Offending Team and has been recognised with a Pride award, presented by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. The awards pay tribute […]

Lift off for iAero

An £8m cutting-edge aerospace technology centre in Yeovil is taking off with construction work starting on site. Somerset County Council is working with the aerospace industry, including Leonardo Helicopters in Yeovil, on the flagship iAero Centre to cement Somerset’s place at the heart of this important business sector. The Centre will encourage innovation, collaboration and […]

The flexible way for apprenticeships

Somerset businesses keen to take on an apprentice can now tap into help from Somerset County Council. The authority is making use of recent rule changes to offer ‘levy transfers’ that will cut the costs for businesses looking to take on an apprentice. The flexibility means that businesses believing they could not employ an apprentice […]

Children In Care Achievements Celebrated

More than 300 Somerset children and young people in care celebrated their achievements at a special ceremony designed to recognise their efforts. Around 330 children were recognised for their efforts through nominations from social and youth workers and other Children’s Services professionals  at the 2019 Annual Achievement Awards in Bridgwater. The children and young people, […]

Council backs Salvation Army social care report

Somerset County Council is welcoming a new report from the Salvation Army highlighting the urgent need to reform social care. The study – Care in Places – shows that there is significantly less money to care for older people who live in rural areas of England, such as Somerset. The Salvation Army is asking the […]