Category Press releases

Sign up to The Big Vote! urge Somerset Youth Parliament

The call is out to make sure as many young people as possible across Somerset have their voices heard in the UK’s biggest youth survey ‘Make Your Mark’. Somerset Youth Parliament and Somerset County Council are encouraging schools, colleges and youth projects across the county to have their say, make a difference and ensure young […]

Family Safeguarding Team launches in Somerset

A new way to support children and families in Somerset is launching from today with the aim of strengthening families to overcome their issues and reducing the number of children needing to come into care. Somerset County Council, in partnership with The YOU Trust and the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), has created the […]

Pledge to support families in school holidays

Somerset County Council has today issued a plea for families in need of urgent food supplies to contact the Coronavirus helpline and confirmed it is stepping up its efforts to provide more school holiday support with a £125,000 scheme. At the same time, the Council continues to lobby government for further funding. Currently the council […]

Get Spooky… But stay Safe this Halloween

Somerset’s Director of Public Health is urging families to give a new Covid-friendly twist to Halloween this year and keep safe.   With cases of the virus rising throughout the county, trick or treating is a “no go” this year, but that doesn’t mean there is no spooky fun to be had!   Trudi Grant, […]

Highways team tackles key jobs during half-term

Somerset County Council’s highways teams are going to be taking advantage of the upcoming half-term to carry out important work at two sites in Taunton. A new road gully is being constructed on the corner of Station Road/Belvedere Road in Taunton; the area suffers from persistent flooding and ahead of the middle of winter the […]

Bridgwater residents walk 27,000 miles to ‘Beat the Street’

More than four thousand parents, teachers and children have signed up to a new physical activity challenge, ‘Beat the Street’, walking more than twenty-seven thousand miles between them. The giant game sweeping the streets of Bridgwater is being run by Somerset County Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and Somerset Activity and Sports […]

Top Marks for Bishop Fox’s Expansion

It’s top marks for Bishop Fox’s two new multi-million buildings after they were officially handed over by Somerset County Council and contractor BAM to the school this week. The £7 million Somerset County Council project ensures young people aged 11-16 in the Taunton area continue to receive high quality education provision in two brand new […]

Crewkerne and Ilminster future schools provision enters next phase

Plans to re-envision how education is delivered in the Crewkerne and Ilminster area have today (21 October) moved a step forward at Somerset County Council’s Cabinet meeting. Councillors voted to proceed with consulting with the community over proposals to move from the current three-tier school system to a two-tier model of Primary and Secondary schools. […]

Understanding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Somerset businesses

The results of a large county-wide survey about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on local businesses will be used to shape Somerset’s response and economic recovery planning. Conducted by Somerset’s five local authorities between July 24 and August 21 this year, the survey provides vital intelligence on how more than 1,300 businesses have been […]

Search to find homes for Somerset teenagers continues during pandemic

More homes are urgently needed in Somerset to provide vital support to young people as they move from care into adulthood. Somerset County Council is highlighting the need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ placements during National Care Leavers’ Week (26 October – 1 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care as they make […]