Category Press releases

Milford Junior School Building To Close

Parents and carers of children who attend Milford Junior School were told today (26 August) that the school building will need to shut indefinitely after concerns were raised during a recent survey. Regular building surveys are carried out at all Somerset schools to monitor the conditions of the buildings. A recent survey was carried out […]

‘Walk for a Life’ this Suicide Prevention Day

Join ‘Walk for a Life’ in Taunton to help raise awareness of suicide – or to remember a loved one – this World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September). Suicide can affect anybody, and there isn’t a community in Somerset where people haven’t been touched by it. Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, together with partners, […]

Knowing your numbers can reduce the risk of serious illness 

Somerset County Council’s Public Health Team is encouraging Somerset residents to get their blood pressure checked for ‘Know Your Numbers’ week.   The national campaign from Blood Pressure UK, aims to raise awareness of high blood pressure (hypertension), encouraging all UK adults to check their blood pressure at home over a week. In Somerset we estimate […]

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service partners with Avon & Somerset Police in a bid to help reverse opioid overdoses

In preparation for International Overdose Awareness Day on Weds 31st August, Somerset Drug & Alcohol Service (SDAS), run by social enterprise Turning Point, and commissioned by Somerset County Council, has announced an exciting new project in partnership with Avon & Somerset Police. This new initiative will see local PCs and PCSOs volunteer to receive training […]

New Blue Anchor to Watchet coast path route agreed

Somerset County Council, in partnership with local landowners and managers, have agreed a new route for the England Coast Path between Watchet and Blue Anchor. This section of the trail has been closed since a cliff fall in 2020 resulted in a section of the path close to Warren Farm being lost to the sea, […]

Specialists appointed to take Somerset arts and culture strategy forward

Specialist partners have been appointed to help develop a five-year cultural strategy for the new Somerset Council that comes into being in April 2023. Arts Council England, in partnership with Somerset’s five councils – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton, and South Somerset district councils, plus Somerset County Council – have committed to invest in […]

Sparks fly this summer at Somerset Libraries

Somerset libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022.  Nearly 7,000 children have already signed up to the Summer Reading Challenge, which runs across all Somerset libraries, asks 4–11-year-olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The […]

Spreading hope on World Suicide Prevention Day

In preparation for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September, Somerset County Council’s Public Health team are asking members of the public to share quotes, lyrics or poems that have helped them to get through difficult times in their lives. Contributions will then be compiled in to a digital ‘Book of Hope’, together […]

Nominations Open for Somerset’s Community Resilience Award

Do you know someone who has helped their community be prepared for emergencies? A new award has been launched to celebrate people or groups that have made their communities more resilient. The winner will be announced at the 2022 Somerset Community Resilience Day on October 13, at West Monkton Village Hall. Nominations are invited from […]

Protecting yourself and others safe during a heatwave

With temperatures again set to exceed 30C this week, Somerset County Council is asking people to keep an eye out for themselves, vulnerable family, friends and neighbours. Whilst many of us look forward to enjoying the hot weather, it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks to some people and the UK […]