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Summer Holidays food support for Somerset families

Somerset County Council will continue to provide help to families in need of food support over the school Summer Holidays. The Department of Work and Pensions has extended its Covid Local Support Grant, providing £1.4m to Somerset County Council to support vulnerable families. The Council is using the grant to fund food vouchers worth £15 […]

Somerset Public Health leaders urge caution and care as Covid restrictions set to ease

Public Health leaders in Somerset are urging people to proceed with caution and act responsibly as the country prepares for the easing of national Covid-19 restrictions. From Monday 19 July, the majority of legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 will be lifted, but the risks of Covid-19 have not gone away. Somerset’s Covid-19 Local Engagement Board […]

Celebrating Somerset’s registrars after a year like no other

A new event to celebrate the vital work done by registrars and their colleagues is being held on 1 July with National Registrars’ Day. Members of Somerset County Council’s Registration Service are using the day to reflect on all that’s been achieved over the last year, from the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit […]

Council invests in ambitious plans to support Somerset young people

An ambitious and innovative approach to improve the life chances of Somerset’s highest needs children was given the green light by Somerset County Council’s Cabinet this week (21 June). The ten-year programme will deliver a new way of working which will address the needs of Somerset’s most complex children and young people who are cared […]

Somerset Public Health campaign encourages residents and tourists to stay Covid-safe

Today, in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor, Somerset County Council’s Public Health department is launching a new campaign thanking Somerset residents and visitors for adhering to the Covid-19 guidance and encouraging them to keep doing so. Along with vaccinations, there are many things people can do to keep themselves and each other safe […]

Bold & Brave shop set to open in Somerset

A new shop which aims to help vulnerable young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Somerset. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se (Special Educational Needs. Somerset Expertise) and will be based at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. […]

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 […]