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You’re never too old to put a spring in your step, so why not get active this Easter?

Growing older doesn’t have to be all slippers and crossword puzzles, so why not ditch the Easter eggs and chocolates and get active this Easter instead? Research shows that regular physical activity boosts people’s physical and mental health and keeps older people mobile and independent. A range of activities designed to help older people get […]

Gateway Park & Ride Site Reopens Tomorrow

Normal business will resume with commuters able to return to the Gateway Park & Ride site tomorrow (Tuesday) after illegally camped travellers left the site this afternoon. Gateway Park & Ride was closed today (Monday) on safety and security grounds after a number of travellers illegally entered the site late Friday afternoon. A legal notice […]

Review of education in the Ilminster and Crewkerne area

A review of the school structure in and around Ilminster and Crewkerne is underway to ensure it can continue to deliver a good-quality of education for pupils in the long-term The falling number of secondary school-aged children in the immediate area, and national funding arrangements, mean that the current system is not financially sustainable – […]

Foster Carers out in force at Half Marathon

From beginners to race veterans, Somerset County Council staff and Foster Carers came out in force running in the Yeovil Half Marathon on Sunday (31 March), to encourage everyone to help vulnerable Somerset children. A fifty-strong team ran wearing ‘Fostering in Somerset’ vests to raise awareness on fostering, while fostering staff and foster carers were […]

County Council welcomes Public Health Nursing Team

Somerset County Council will welcome almost 200 public health nursing staff into their fold from 1 April, committed to continuing to give the County’s children the best start in life. Staff made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Assistant Practitioners and Administrative Support will officially transfer from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to Somerset County […]

More youngsters taking on the DoE challenge

Somerset saw a 20 per cent increase in young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DoE) last year, the latest County Council figures show. In 2018/19 more than 2,600 young people from more than 60 schools and youth organisations took part in the life-changing scheme which has been shown to boost self-esteem, […]

Scheme to improve cyclist safety completed

Somerset County Council has recently completed work to help improve cyclist safety on Station Road in Taunton. They include a wider cycle lane, box junction markings and warning signs to help drivers be aware of cyclists. They have been carried out after the Council’s Road Safety Team identified a cluster of injury collisions involving cyclists […]

Somerset showcased for doing social care differently

Somerset’s trail-blazing work to help people stay independent has been held up as national example of good practice in a report published today (27 March). The ‘Reimagining Social Care’ report, produced by the influential Think Local Act Personal partnership, showcases the Community Connect approach – developed jointly by the County Council’s Adult Social Care service […]

NHS review of health and social care provision for people with pancreatitis published

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has published a review of the support for people with pancreatitis in the County. Following the death in 2009 of Andrew Prentice, who suffered from pancreatitis, his mother, Mrs Brenda Prentice, made assertions that while she and her son raised numerous complaints about his health and social care, since his tragic […]

Virtual Easter hunt eggs on Bridgwater’s smart travellers

A modern twist on an ancient tradition will see Bridgwater’s first ever virtual Easter Egg hunt later this month. The Bridgwater Way travel initiative is inviting communities in North Petherton, Stockmoor and Wilstock to take part in the hunt which is similar in design to the Pokemon Go phenomenon. Families and children will search out […]