Category Social Care

Somerset’s innovative health and social care sector attracts national praise

Somerset has been singled out for national praise thanks to the County Council’s exemplary support of communities and care providers…

Free train travel to help those fleeing domestic abuse

Somerset County Council is supporting a scheme which gives free rail travel to people fleeing domestic abuse. Under the scheme, ‘Rail to Refuge’, train operators will cover the cost of train tickets for anyone travelling to refuge accommodation during the lockdown. The financial barrier of travel is one of the many things that can make […]

£3m boost for Somerset’s care heroes, as County Hall is lit up in their honour

Somerset’s heroic care providers will receive an extra £3 million to help them support vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Children asked to help with new Somerset “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Campaign

Children in Somerset are being encouraged to take part in a campaign to design a logo for a new ‘Healthy, Happy and Safe’ campaign aimed at countering the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The Healthy Somerset website – run by Somerset County Council’s Public Health team, has been updated to provide key information on dealing […]

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Brain in Hand

A digital helping hand is about to be trialled in Somerset to provide tailored support for people with mental health issues or learning disabilities. The County Council is working with Brain in Hand, a personalised app that links the user with their carers and support teams. It provides people with their own specific ways to […]

Need some extra help?

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes – especially if you’re a parent of a child or young person with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND). Parents have told us that systems and processes can be confusing and complicated when they’re looking for help. If you do need support you need to know exactly […]

Pilot scheme puts social care in A&E

A pioneering pilot scheme to help ease the pressures on NHS resources this winter is being spearheaded by Somerset County Council and local NHS partners. Starting in the next few months, the trial will see the authority base a social worker in the A&E departments at the county’s two major hospitals – Musgrove Park in […]

OT Week 2019 – Somerset’s Small Change Big Impact Stories

It’s Occupational Therapy Week (4-10 November), and we’re celebrating the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on the people they support. Here are some of our OT stories from Somerset about the impactful changes they make every day… Bob What was the challenge? Bob was living on his own with a […]

Your spare room could change a teenager’s life

Somerset County Council is highlighting the urgent need to recruit more ‘Stepping Stones’ carers to support young teens as they enter adult life this National Care Leavers’ Week (28 October – 3 November). Stepping Stones carers support young people leaving care, helping them make the step into independent adulthood and gain crucial life skills and […]

Your path into social work with children?

Are you thinking of a career in Social Work? National Charity Frontline offers a fast track qualifying programme and is backed by Somerset County Council. It is holding a series of information evenings across the South West for anyone interested in moving into a career in social work to help transform the lives of vulnerable […]