Category Press releases

Business mentors needed to help Somerset thrive

An ambitious mentoring programme is being launched to make the expertise of the county’s most knowledgeable business-people available to businesses across Somerset. Twenty mentors are being recruited to join the programme in its initial stage, where they will receive free mentor training. Executive and senior management level business leaders, successful entrepreneurs or business consultants, who […]

Social care like you’ve never seen it before – bold new recruitment campaign launched in Somerset

The ‘My Time to Care’ campaign was shot entirely in Somerset and stars local carers in six new videos being launched today (Monday, January 16). Somerset County Council has joined forces with the NHS and Registered Care Providers Association for the new campaign, which aims to empower carers, and show how working in social care […]

Sequel to award-winning fostering campaign launched on primetime television 

A new animated film promoting fostering Somerset children and young people premiered on ITV and Sky during the ITV Evening News last month.  The film – ‘Anna’s Story’- follows a teenager in care and is the sequel to Somerset County Council’s award-winning 2020 fostering campaign, Theo’s Story.   There are currently more than 550 young people […]

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Somerset: get talking to beat the January blues

January can be a difficult month for many people, with cold weather and shorter days bringing feelings of anxiety, sadness and depression, especially after the festive period has come to an end. It is no wonder that the term ‘January blues’ exists.

At this time of year, it’s more important than ever to talk more with family and friends and share how you’re feeling.

Consultation opens into new single Somerset Council budget. New Council targets support for key services and vulnerable residents

The proposed budget for the new unitary Somerset Council is published today. The proposals, set to be discussed by the Council’s Executive on Wednesday 18 January, will be the first time the services and costs from all four District Councils and the County Council have been brought together. Consultation into the proposed budget runs until […]

Small business should be at the heart of energy support, says Somerset County Council

Somerset County Council has called for any review of energy price support for businesses to focus on support for small businesses and the adoption of green and renewable energy. In a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, signed by Councillor Val Keitch, Executive Lead Member for Local Government Reorganisation and Prosperity, and Councillor Sarah […]

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What is Dry January, and what are the benefits?

January is often a time when people are looking to introduce healthy habits and make positive lifestyle changes.

After the Christmas period of enjoying a drink or two, ‘Dry January’, now in its tenth year, sees thousands across the country give up alcohol for a month after the festive season.

Work underway to review office and customer access buildings for new Somerset Council

With fewer than 100 days to go until the launch of the new unitary Somerset Council on 1 April 2023, work is underway to understand where offices and customer service delivery points might be situated. Somerset Council is committed to putting the customer at the heart of its services and will have customer hubs all […]

No Place Like Home – helping patients in Somerset leave hospital as soon as they’re well enough

Health and care organisations in Somerset are working together to raise awareness of the benefits of patients recovering at home as soon as they are well enough to leave hospital. ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ promotes the benefits of recovering at home to patients and their families. Being in hospital during a period of serious […]

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Stay well and protect your loved ones this Christmas 

Somerset County Council’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take action to prevent the spread of infections within our families and communities, especially as we meet up for Christmas.