Category Press releases

Campaign to help businesses fill job vacancies 

A new campaign is aiming to bring Somerset’s employers and jobseekers together in a bid to help fill vacancies and provide a timely boost to local businesses.  STEP-UP Somerset, a collaborative project between Somerset County Council, Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Somerset District Council and partner organisations, is calling on businesses to […]

Thousands of Somerset youngsters benefit from summer holiday activity programme

Thousands of children who are eligible for free school meals benefited from free fun activities during the summer holidays – thanks to the Happy Healthy Holidays Somerset (HHHS) project. The initiative is part of the Government’s Holiday, Activities and Food programme which has been designed to help tackle inequalities in holiday hunger, physical inactivity, and […]

Green light for green initiatives to slash County Council’s carbon footprint

Somerset County Council has approved major investment to help save hundreds of tonnes of carbon every year. Earlier this year, Somerset County Council successfully bid for £4.1m from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), to make public buildings more energy efficient. The funding will enable […]

SCC marks Baby Loss Awareness Week in pink and blue

County Hall in Taunton will be lit up in pink and blue next week from Monday to Friday next week (11-15 October) as Somerset County Council shows its support for Baby Loss Awareness Week. Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 19th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families, and their friends, to commemorate […]

COVID-19 VACCINATION CENTRE TO OPEN AT FIREPOOL

Final preparations are being made for the opening of the COVID-19 vaccination centre at Firepool, Canal Road in Taunton. The new centre will welcome people to have their jabs on Monday 11 October and replaces the existing site at Taunton Racecourse. The large vaccination centre will be open seven days a week from 08.30 am […]

Bold & Brave shop opening in Taunton

A new shop which aims to help young people boost their employability and life skills is set to open in Taunton this week. The new social enterprise, called Bold & Brave, is the result of collaboration between Young Somerset and sen.se and can be found at 14 Riverside Place in Taunton. sen.se stands for ‘Special […]

Yeovil Library and the Yeovil Literary Festival 2021

Tickets for the 2021 Yeovil Literary Festival are now on sale, with a star-studded line up of writers, celebrities and comedians. Yeovil Library, working in partnership with The Octagon Theatre, Waterstones Yeovil and Yeovil Community Arts Association is set to be part of the ninth annual Yeovil Literary Festival. The 2021 festival runs from Thursday […]

Stoptober is back – make it your month to quit 

For help quitting smoking click the smokefreelife logo below: Stoptober is back for its 10th year calling on smokers to kick the habit once and for all and join 2.3 million others who all quit since the campaign launched a decade ago.   Supporting the campaign, Somerset County Council is encouraging Somerset smokers to seek support […]

Walk to School Month

Walk for the World this October

October is International Walk to School month and Somerset County Council is putting the call out to all pupils to get involved if they can. Walking instead of driving where possible is better for your physical and mental wellbeing; and it’s better for the environment and for traffic congestion – especially at those school gates. […]

Urgent appeal for ‘brilliant people’ to fill social care vacancies

Somerset County Council has launched an urgent care appeal