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Thousands of Somerset youngsters benefit from summer holiday activity programme

Thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals benefited from free fun activities during the summer holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project. The initiative is part of the Government’s Holiday, Activities and Food programme which has been designed to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and […]

Green light for green initiatives to slash County Council’s carbon footprint

Somerset County Council has approved major investment to help save hundreds of tonnes of carbon every year. Earlier this year, Somerset County Council successfully bid for £4.1m from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to make public buildings more energy efficient. The funding will enable […]

Join Get Outside in Somerset for the Active Autumn Challenge

The nights are drawing in and temperatures are cooling off, but Somerset’s great outdoors is still open and getting our daily dose of fresh air during autumn is more important than ever. To help encourage people to stay active and keep moving in October, the Get Outside in Somerset project is launching the Active Autumn […]

Somerton school celebrates official opening

There was cause for celebration as the new King Ina Church of England Academy in Somerton was officially opened by Rt Revd Bishop Ruth Worsley, the Bishop of Taunton on Wednesday, 29 September.  Somerset County Council invested £7.6m to develop the new primary school which can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years […]

Shining a light on Private Fostering 

Some people in Somerset may be looking after someone else’s child and not realise they are actually a private foster carer – that’s the message being shared by Somerset County Council as part of Private Fostering Awareness Week.  This week Somerset County Council is highlighting the support and advice available for private foster carers, and to remind them it is a legal requirement to inform the Local Authority if […]

Somerset Public Health Leaders urge Covid-safe behaviour at Bridgwater Fair

This week is the time for Bridgwater funfair again and Somerset’s Public Health Leaders are encouraging people to enjoy the event safely. From 29th September until 2nd October, Bridgwater Fair returns to St. Matthews Field. Case numbers in Bridgwater are still high, so whilst Somerset County Council welcomes the return of the fair, people are […]

Somerset’s Public Health Director thanks residents ahead of Government’s Winter Plan rollout

Health leaders in Somerset welcome a cautious approach as the Government unveils its plans for tackling Covid-19 during Autumn and Winter, placing an emphasis on the importance of vaccinations, testing and tracing, and individual’s behaviour. From as soon as next week, vaccines will be offered to otherwise healthy 12 – 15-year-olds, via the school immunisation […]

New Covid-19 Testing site opens at Wembdon Village Hall, Bridgwater

A new drive-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and the wider Bridgwater community at the Wembdon Village Hall, known locally as The Green. This testing site is situated in an area of the car park and will not affect the day to day running of the Village Hall. The new testing site opened on Monday, September 6 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms […]

Somerset County Council welcomes social care investment

Somerset County Council is today welcoming the Government announcement on extra funding for health and social care. The Council has been at the forefront of campaigns to invest more nationally in social care and has been pressing for increased funding. The Government is proposing a 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions, an increase in tax […]

Campaign launched to reduce knife crime in Somerset

Somerset communities are urged to report any knife crime in the area – and young people are encouraged to avoid becoming involved or victims of knife crime. A knife crime campaign was launched this week with a bid to raise awareness about the dangers of carrying a knife and report knife crime incidents across the […]