Category Press releases

Go fizz free for your health and for your planet

Most of us know that fizzy drinks are bad for our health, but many don’t realise they harm the environment too.   Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to reconsider their choice of drink and take part in Fizz Free February for a healthier future.   SUGAR SMART is bringing together public health messages such as tooth decay and obesity as well as shining a light on the environmental impact […]

Fast-track programme offers rewarding careers in child and family social work for talented graduates

Graduates and career changers to child and family social work will be given hands-on training to become the next generation of social workers. This is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs which is protecting, supporting and creating jobs across the country. Somerset County Council is opening the recruitment round for 58 aspiring social […]

Volunteers step up to help with vaccine roll out

Somerset County Council and the NHS have paid tribute to all the fantastic volunteers supporting Somerset’s Covid-19 vaccination programme. More than 1,000 people have answered the call supporting 20 vaccination sites across the county including community-based locations, hospital hubs, some GP surgeries and large vaccination centres at Taunton Racecourse and the Bath & West Showground. […]

10 top things to occupy the kids this lockdown half-term

It can be challenging to keep children entertained during half term at the best of times, let alone during a lockdown. With isolation, the cold weather, and many children not able to go out on day trips, see grandparents or visit friends – this will not be a normal half term. Somerset County Council has […]

Care home film and blog shine light on unsung heroes of the pandemic

The tragic consequences of coronavirus on care staff and residents has been laid bare in a powerful account by a Somerset care home…

From care to career – meet the Leaving Care apprentices

Leaving care can be tough – but a Somerset County Council apprenticeship scheme is helping young people use their own experiences to kickstart their careers. Four young people who have spent time in care have been recruited as apprentices with the Council’s Leaving Care Team and are currently combining learning with employment. For Ebony, aged […]

Prime Minister’s praise for Somerset’s Covid response

Somerset County Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a letter sent to Council Leader David Fothergill, the Prime Minster also said the Government had no concern about the Council’s use of Covid-19 funding and thanked the council for voluntarily reporting back on spending. The letter […]

Call for People Aged 70 And Over To Contact NHS For A Covid Jab

People living in Somerset who are aged over 70 and haven’t had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or booked a vaccine appointment, can now book at one of our large vaccination centres or pharmacy-led sites through the national booking service.   Health and care teams across the county are working around the clock […]

Council staff joining Somerset’s army of vaccinators

Public health staff from Somerset County Council are rolling up their sleeves – and those of others – to join the army of vaccinators in the county. Jo Smith is the first fully trained Somerset County Council vaccinator, working in the Burnham-on-Sea vaccination site, and is combining her new role with her day job by […]

Make Your Mark – results are in

Over 2,200 young people aged 11-18 in Somerset made their mark this year within the UK’s biggest youth consultation by telling the Government and local decision makers what is important to them. Somerset’s Youth Parliament, supported by Somerset County Council, promotes the UK-wide ‘Make Your Mark’ project that aims to highlight the big issues for […]