Category Press releases

Dedicated community groups and teams honoured in next round of Somerset Medal

Groups, teams and other volunteers will be presented with the Somerset Medal next month after being recognised as some of Somerset’s many unsung coronavirus heroes.  The Somerset Medal was launched by Somerset County Council to say a heartfelt thank-you to the best of the best. The first individual winners were announced on Somerset Day with a second round […]

£5,000 grants to help rural businesses bounce back

Grants of up to £5,000 are now available to help businesses in rural parts of Somerset bounce back after the coronavirus pandemic. The Rural Services Grant Fund is part of a £6m package of funding from Somerset County Council which aims to kickstart the county’s economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on […]

Black Breastfeeding Week – a time to rest and reflect

Somerset County Council is supporting Black Breastfeeding Week, a health promotion campaign which is held annually from August 25 – 31. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power’ – it’s a week to recognise the benefits of taking a pause, thinking about your journey and the other people around you […]

Pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics at this weekend’s Bath & West Country Festival

If you are planning a visit to the Bath & West Country Festival this bank holiday weekend you can also get your COVID-19 vaccination at a pop-up clinic at this year’s festival. The pop up clinic will run from 9am – 5pm on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August. It will be at […]

Somerset steps up to support Afghan refugees

People across Somerset have been stepping forward to help support Afghan refugees as the crisis being played out in the international spotlight deepens. Somerset County Council is committed to help a scheme to house Afghans who supported British military and to resettle interpreters and translators. And local residents have done our county proud offering spare […]

Somerset campaign encourages residents and tourists to ‘Think Twice’ this Summer

Today, Somerset County Council’s Public Health department is launching Phase 2 of its Summer Safety campaign encouraging residents and visitors to commit to keeping our county safe this summer. The campaign, which is in partnership with Visit Somerset and Visit Exmoor, will be launched via the following website:  www.somerset.gov.uk/stay-safe Following the easing of many Covid-19 […]

Notice of Vacancy

A notice of vacancy has been published for the Comeytrowe and Trull division of Somerset County Council following the death of Councillor Alan Wedderkopp. An election to fill the seat will be held if the Returning Officer receives a request in writing from two electors from within the county of Somerset. On receipt of the […]

Covid-19 testing remains key as self-isolation rules change

People who test positive for Covid-19 still need to self-isolate for 10 days, but from today (Monday, 16 August) people who have both doses of their coronavirus vaccine, and those aged 18 and under, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. […]

£500,000 to boost re-start and recovery

Anchor businesses in Somerset that attract people to visit and support a wider range of local enterprises are being urged to bid for grants to help them re-start and recover from the economic hit of the coronavirus pandemic. Somerset County Council is launching a £500,000 fund to support strategically significant businesses badly affected by Covid-19 […]

Council commits to expanding Care Leavers interview scheme

As part of Somerset County Council’s commitment to support care leavers, the council has agreed to extend its Care Leaver Guaranteed Interview Scheme to anybody who was in care as a child, wherever that was, and whatever their age now. This means people who have been in the care of a Local Authority for a […]