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Digital reinforcements for Armed Forces Day

A new website and film will help Somerset celebrate Armed Forces Day this month and support Armed Forces personnel past and present. The Armed Forces Flag will be flying at County Hall in Taunton from Monday next week in the run-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday, 29 June – a day for people to […]

Communities supported to find local solutions

  More and more communities across Somerset are working with Somerset County Council to find local solutions to local issues such as loneliness, transport and care in the community. Wivey Cares approached the Council for help and support to set up as a charitable organisation, wanting to help meet the needs of people living in […]

Digital expertise at your fingertips

Social enterprises in Somerset wanting to put their finger on the digital pulse can sign up for expert advice and guidance by joining workshops in July. Somerset County Council supports the Enhance Social Enterprise Programme that offers business support and advice in the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area. The Programme […]

Fun activities and support for children, young people and their families

A FREE day of fun activities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND) and their families takes place in Street next month, delivered by Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Team. It will take place on Saturday 6 July at Brookside Academy, Brooks Road, with many activities on offer including: […]

More Breastfeeding Support for Somerset families

More breastfeeding support is available for new mums and families across Somerset in a drive to help them build close and loving relationships with their baby through breastfeeding and other positive practices. It’s National Breastfeeding Week this week (Thursday 20 to Wednesday 26 June), and breastfeeding is scientifically proven to benefit both mum and baby. […]

Take up of broadband in Devon and Somerset increases

There has been a big rise in the number of homes and businesses taking up superfast broadband services thanks to the Connecting Devon and Somerset programme. New figures show that nearly 60% of the 300,000 homes and businesses that CDS given access to Superfast broadband have now taken it up. That’s higher than the national […]

Somerset Dance Festival cancelled

Please note the Somerset Dance Festival due to take place outside Wells Cathedral tomorrow (Saturday, 15 June) has been cancelled. Organisers of the event say they are disappointed to have to take the decision based on forecasts of rain in the morning and afternoon, on top of persistent downpours all week. Reports from Wells on […]

Future funding protects the past

Somerset County Council has renewed its commitment to the county’s heritage – agreeing to maintain its funding at current levels for the next five years. Despite the huge pressures on its budget, the Council will grant the South West Heritage Trust over £1.6m per year over the next five years – £8.1m in total. The […]

Yeovil Western Corridor junctions completed

Huge progress continues to be made on the Yeovil Western Corridor road improvement scheme with all six new signal-controlled junctions completed as programmed. As is normal with any major construction project, there will now follow a short period for minor finishing works and snagging. Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: […]

Somerset Panorama films – available on BBC iPlayer

In case you missed them, the must-watch Panorama social care documentaries filmed with Somerset County Council are available to watch on BBC iPlayer. The two, hour-long films have put the issue of pressures facing social care and the need for a long-term funding solution on the national agenda. Powerful and moving, they are the result of […]