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Panel seeks volunteers for crucial role

A crucial role has become available to help Somerset County Council decide how much allowance to pay its councillors. The Joint Independent Remuneration Panel is looking for two new volunteers. Although a voluntary role, panel members receive a travel allowance for attending meetings and a small annual payment. Members of the Panel should be able […]

More support for creative dementia projects

More creative and imaginative grass roots dementia support is being helped by grants from Somerset County Council. The authority is looking to invest more than half a million pounds to kick-start and extend projects and groups that run day-time activities for people with dementia and provide respite for their unpaid carers. Two new projects – […]

Innovative and inspirational social worker short-listed for Lifetime Achievement award

An inspirational Somerset County Council social worker has been short-listed for a prestigious award in recognition of her contribution to the profession over four decades. Locality Manager Chris Denovan, from East Huntspill, has been selected as a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement category in the annual Social Worker of the Year Awards. She is one […]

‘Every Mind Matters’ – how’s yours?

Somerset residents experiencing anxiety, stress, low mood and trouble sleeping are encouraged to visit a new ‘Every Mind Matters’ website to empower them to take action to manage and improve their mental health. Somerset County Council and local NHS partners are delighted to support Public Health England’s launch of this innovative self-help website (www.healthysomerset.co.uk), which […]

Upgrade for Quantock Rd roundabout to begin next month

A major scheme to improve Quantock Road roundabout in Bridgwater is due to commence on Monday 4 November 2019, with completion set for Spring 2020. The work will provide direct, safe and convenient crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians and include toucan crossings on Homberg Way and Quantock Road.  A longer queuing lane on the […]

Low Carbon Future: ‘Somerset is Leading the Way’

Somerset is at the forefront of innovations to help the country deliver a low carbon future. That’s the view of Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Economy and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council, who gave the opening address at the prestigious Nuclear South West Conference held this year in Bridgwater. The theme of the […]

Funding available to help older people remain active and connected

The Active Living Programme provides small grants of up to £2,000 to grass roots community groups and local charities that promote and help older people in their community to stay physically and mentally active in later life – but there’s not long left: the deadline to apply is Monday 21 October. The grants have been […]

Chairman’s award for World Cup hero

Local hero Jos Buttler has had his Cricket World Cup feats recognised with a special award from Somerset County Council. Wicketkeeper batsman Jos, originally from Wedmore, was a key figure in England’s historic World Cup win in July, including playing a pivotal role in the dramatic ‘super over’ in the final against New Zealand. In […]

‘COMMON SALT’ seasons Somerset libraries

Common Salt – a ‘show and tell’ performance around a table – begins a national tour this autumn with a chance to see it at three Somerset Libraries – Wells, Frome and Yeovil from this month. Common Salt explores the colonial, geographical history of England and India taking an expansive and emotional time-travel, from the […]

Volunteer Drivers celebrate going the extra mile

Over 40 volunteer drivers attended a special event this week to mark the thousands of miles they travel each year driving people from across Somerset to vital medical appointments. After listening to a presentation by Road Safety experts, the volunteer drivers were each awarded a certificate by Cllr John Woodman, Cabinet Member for Highways and […]