Category Press releases

Be a New Year volunteer

Public-spirited Somerset residents looking for a New Year’s resolution would be warmly welcomed to join the growing army of volunteers in the county. There are roles to suit almost everyone, from supporting your local library to driving people to appointments or supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award. All you need is a little bit of […]

All aboard the celebration express

It was all aboard the Community Connect Christmas special when West Somerset Village and Community Agents celebrated a great year of connecting communities with a festive West Somerset Railway trip. The steam train trip was just the ticket for around 300 people involved in West Somerset’s Talking Cafés – both those who have benefitted from […]

Avoid unwanted gifts this festive party season

Somerset party goers are being urged to practice safer sex this Christmas and New Year to avoid receiving any unwanted gifts.  The festive season is in full swing and the free-flowing alcohol that often comes with it lowers inhibitions and can make it easy to forget to take adequate precautions – putting people at greater […]

Bridgwater’s new link road opens with spectacular squibbing display

📽️ Now that is how you open a road! 🎇 Big thanks to everyone who came out for the opening of #SquibbersWay in #Bridgwater last night – and particularly @BCarnival for the spectacular squibbing display 👊 Thought you might like this view 😉https://t.co/hXp6GAKxhY pic.twitter.com/GMG1H5Jn87 — Travel Somerset (@TravelSomerset) December 17, 2019 Bridgwater’s Squibbers Way is […]

Your Somerset , Winter 2019 – out now…

The Winter edition of Your Somerset is hitting doorsteps across the county and available to download now. It’s full of information about the Council, its services and the work we do with our partners to improves lives. This edition showcases investment in robot technology that will be helping absent children get back into the classroom […]

The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before

With the Christmas party season in full swing, Somerset County Council’s road safety team is reminding road users of the dangers of drink driving, particularly on the morning after a night out. Anyone convicted of drink driving faces a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. The myths that a cup of coffee, a […]

Take a break with Dry January

Drinkers are encouraged to take a break from the booze this January – and have a dry one. Somerset County Council is backing ‘Dry January’, the national campaign led by Alcohol Change UK which aims to encourage drinkers to give up alcohol for the month and reset their relationship. During Dry January last year, 88 […]

National award for inspirational Somerset social worker

An inspirational Somerset Social Worker has enjoyed ‘one of the best days of her life’ after bagging a top award. After more than forty years of dedicated service, Somerset County Council’s Chris Denovan, a Locality manager from East Huntspill, was awarded silver in the Lifetime Achievement category at the prestigious annual Social Worker of the […]

Age is no protection!

Latest figures reveal Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV in Somerset are on the increase – and Somerset County Council is reminding everyone this World Aids Day (1 December) that ‘age is no protection’. Somerset has seen an increase year on year in the number of people being diagnosed with HIV. The County does not […]

Healthcare workers urged to get FREE flu jab

Last year saw high numbers of flu outbreaks in care homes, and Somerset County Council is urging all health and social care staff to receive their flu vaccination to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. The County Council is asking care homes to Encourage ALL staff to take up the free flu vaccine […]