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Part six of Jubilee Jaunt coming to West Somerset

Somerset’s Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw will soon be setting off on the sixth leg of her Jubilee Jaunt, paying tribute as part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Lord Lieutenant has been working her way across Somerset on a 70-mile trek broken down into seven 10-mile sections, stretching from Clevedon all the way down […]

Have your say on Somerset SEND services

Somerset County Council, NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Parent Carer Forum are keen to hear from children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their families, professionals and health colleagues to help shape Somerset’s SEND services going forward. Anyone who has been in contact with Somerset SEND services (for whatever […]

Somerset and Dorset receive £1million funding boost to support thousands of people into skilled jobs

Somerset County Council and Dorset County Council have been awarded nearly £1 million funding from the Department for Education’s National Skills Fund to run a third round of Skills Bootcamps. The Train4Tomorrow Skills Bootcamps are training courses up to 16 weeks long, providing adults with the opportunity to retrain into high-demand job roles in sectors […]

Go the extra mile to help others as a volunteer driver

If you are over the age of 18, have a clean full driving licence and own a four-door car, you could play a rewarding role as a volunteer driver helping people get to vital medical appointments. Volunteer drivers provide a crucial transport service for non-emergency NHS patients and social care users, enabling them to get […]

New Financial Wellbeing project launches

A new Somerset Financial Wellbeing project is being launched to support people concerned about money and help them to plan for a better financial future. The project is being delivered by the four Somerset-based credit unions: Westcountry Savings & Loans, Great Western Credit Union, Somerset Community Credit Union, and Mendip Community Credit Union. The exciting […]

Raising the flag to show support for Somerset’s Armed Forces

Somerset County Council has raised the flag outside County Hall in Taunton to mark Armed Forces Day. Somerset County Council Chairman Cllr Mike Best was joined by the Council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Henry Hobhouse, Council Leader Cllr Bill Revans, and Deputy Council Leader Cllr Liz Leyshon for the flag raising ceremony on Monday morning […]

Arts front and centre thanks to funding award

Arts and culture across Somerset are set to benefit from the creation of a Somerset Cultural Strategy following a £30,000 grant awarded by Arts Council England. Over the next year, the aim is to produce a five-year cultural strategy for the new unitary Somerset Council which comes into being in April 2023. Community priorities will […]

Have your say on how Somerset should prioritise £7m UK Shared Prosperity Funding

A questionnaire is now open giving Somerset residents and businesses the chance to have their say on how more than £7m of funding should be spent to help build pride in local communities and increase life chances. Somerset has been allocated a total of £7.26m of funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to […]

Gifted Levy partnership helps care home apprenticeships in Somerset

Somerset County Council has linked up with one of the UK’s leading training providers and a fast-growing care company to help ease the industry-wide staffing crisis in residential care homes in the region. The Council is helping to fund the training of 14 new apprentices to support care home provider Harbour Healthcare. Harbour Healthcare has […]

Seven Top Tips for better wellbeing this Men’s Health Week

This Men’s Health Week (13 – 19 June) Somerset County Council is sharing seven top tips for better wellbeing after latest statistics show 10 per cent of all UK men suffer from at least one common mental health disorder. All Somerset residents are encouraged to make time to look after their health and wellbeing this […]