Category Press releases

Spot ‘County Lines’ and stop the crime -and the exploitation

Somerset communities are urged to know the signs of ‘County Lines’ in a bid to stop illegal drug related criminal activity operating in their area. A new campaign launched today by the Safer Somerset Partnership sets out what County Lines are, the signs to look out for and how to contact Crimestoppers if you believe […]

National acclaim for Public Health Nursing’s virtual support during lockdown

Somerset’s Public Health Nursing service has been nationally acclaimed by the Institute for Health Visiting. A case study published nationally documents the innovative online support developed by the Somerset County Council service during lockdown – a time when face-to-face appointments were no longer possible. Health Visitors, who as part of their role visit new parents […]

Schools are ready for your return say Somerset’s head teachers

Somerset’s education leaders have been busy over the summer getting their schools, colleges and early years settings ready for September. Children of all ages are expected to return to school, and a message on behalf of the county’s head teachers has been issued today – “we’re ready and we can’t wait to welcome you back.” […]

Somerset pupils scale musical heights with one brilliant recording

Not being able to get out and perform because of the coronavirus has been tough for the county’s many talented young musicians when it comes to staying focussed. But thanks to a unique online project, Somerset’s musical groups including students from 32 of the county’s schools and colleges will be performing virtually after months of […]

Areas identified for further improvements to support Cycling and Walking in Somerset

More permanent measures are planned across Somerset to install further, more permanent schemes to cement cycling and walking habits. In a bid to secure the second tranche of funding from The Department for Transport’s £250m emergency active travel fund*, The Active Travel Group has worked together and taken onboard community feedback to identify opportunities for […]

Car sharing: follow the golden rules

Commuters planning to car share as they head back to work are being advised to follow the golden rules to keep them and their passengers protected from coronavirus. People should limit sharing their car to people within their household or social bubble. But if that’s impossible they should: ·         share the transport with the same […]

Somerset marks 75th VJ Day anniversary

A momentous day in history will be marked on Saturday with the 75th anniversary of VJ Day – the day that brought the Second World War to an end. Chair of Somerset County Council, Councillor Nigel Taylor, and Chair of the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership, Councillor Rod Williams, will be joining a small ceremony […]

U-turn paves way for unitary talks

In a shock announcement tonight, Somerset’s district councils have performed a major U-turn and have agreed to work towards a plan to abolish themselves and create two new unitary authorities across Somerset. It comes after two years of district councils arguing that unitary authorities were not the best option for Somerset. The news was delivered […]

Social enterprises invited to join regional network

Social enterprises in Devon and Somerset have praised a partnership that has supported them during the Covid-19 pandemic – and now they are encouraging others to sign up. The Enhance Social Enterprise Network Devon & Somerset was created to support the development of social enterprises across Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset following funding from the […]

‘Library Man’ – I’m a storyteller get me outside of here

A popular Library storytelling session is set to move to a park in Taunton now that lockdown measures are further easing. James Denslow – AKA ‘Library Man’ – has created quite a buzz on social media in recent months with his quirky Facebook story-times. Now lockdown is further easing – and the summer holidays are […]