Category Press releases

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. […]

Additional walk- in COVID vaccination clinics to run at Bath and West Showground this weekend for anyone aged 18 and over

Following the success of a special walk-in clinic at the large vaccination centre at the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet last weekend, additional walk-in dates are now available. The second walk-in weekend special follows the latest Government announcement inviting anyone aged 18 and over to book their COVID vaccinations. All eligible adults who […]

Council leaders ‘Can Do’ attitude on Mental Health

Senior Somerset County Council staff took part in the ‘Can Do’ challenge this Men’s Health Week (14-20 June) in a bid to encourage others. The ‘Can Do’ challenge, launched by the Men’s Health Forum, is a great way to boost mental wellbeing. It combined the five days of the campaign with the five ways of […]

Somerset leading nationwide changes to make healthcare more accessible

Somerset is the first county to launch a number of national initiatives designed to help make health services more accessible for people with learning disabilities and/or autism…

21 and 22 Year Olds To Be Offered Covid-19 Jab From Today

Around one million people aged 21 and 22 will begin to be called forward this morning to get the coronavirus vaccine, as the NHS Covid Vaccination Programme enters the final phase of the first dose roll-out. As the NHS works through the final cohorts, people aged 21 and 22 will now be able to book […]

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 […]

Libraries launch audio explainer during Hi Vis fortnight

Somerset Library Service has developed an audio explainer which allows visually impaired people to hear about the inclusive services that are available to them. The audio is being launched on their website during Hi Vis fortnight (7-20 June), an awareness campaign that seeks to highlight the wonderful world of accessible reading – this year’s theme […]

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 […]

Blooming good way to check your vehicle

As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and into summer, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team want to help you ensure your vehicle gets you safely to your staycation. The Road Safety Team subscribe to FLOWERS; a simple check that spots minor vehicle problems before they become major. Fuel – Check you have enough for your journey […]

Empathy Day inspires kids to walk, read and learn

Empathy Day returns on 10 June 2021 with a new theme calling for children and young people across the county to walk through their neighbourhood, see it through others eyes and consider how they can make a positive impact. The awareness day, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is spearheaded by EmpathyLab- an organisation […]