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£120k for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling

Somerset has been allocated £120,000 in emergency funding for temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling. The Department for Transport has now confirmed details of the first £45m from its £250m emergency active travel fund*. The five Local Authorities in Somerset have been working with the police and other partners to identify a list of […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 – suggested intranet and newsletter copy

More resources are available in the #NoClosedDoors2020 Media Centre. Suggested intranet copy: Domestic abuse -don’t suffer in silence, help is still available Restrictions imposed because of the pandemic may heighten domestic tensions and increase domestic abuse – for some people home is not always the safe place it should be. Whilst it is essential that […]

#NoClosedDoors2020 photo library

A selection of emotive photographs that you can use in your media copy. (More resources are available at in our #NoClosedDoors2020 Media centre.) More resources are available in our #NoClosedDoors Media Centre.

Coronavirus Public Health Messages – on the Road

Vital public health messages are going mobile in Somerset as Somerset County Council uses its fleet of highways vehicles to spread the word about some of the best ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. From this week, around 29 Council vans will be seen around the Yeovil, Taunton, Minehead, Glastonbury and Bridgwater areas sporting […]

Remain ‘Alert’ to keep Somerset’s COVID-19 rates low

Somerset residents are urged to continue to follow Public Health guidance after new COVID-19 data released shows the infection rate in the County remains low compared to other areas. As of 27 May 2020, the Office of National Statistics show there were 672 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Somerset with 147 individuals sadly losing their […]

New app keeps track of spare beds to aid Somerset’s coronavirus response

An innovative new app built by Somerset County Council is helping free up vital hospital beds by keeping track of care providers with space to take in patients who are ready for discharge.  During the coronavirus pandemic there has been an increased need for hospital beds and the ability to ensure beds are freed up […]

Winner announced for children’s “Healthy, Happy and Safe” Logo Competition

Children in Somerset were asked to get creative and 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 competition called for local children, including those currently in schools, to design an eye-catching logo to accompany the campaign. […]

Your Somerset – Coronavirus Special

The latest edition of Your Somerset is hitting the streets this week and it’s full of useful information about how to get help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Library membership soars during lockdown – sign up today

The number of people joining Somerset’s library service has rocketed during the coronavirus lockdown – despite library buildings being closed to the public. The service is proving popular with hundreds of people joining Somerset Libraries online since the Lockdown began – an increase of 544 per cent compared to the number of people joining online […]

Coronavirus – have a plan for your pets

Animal owners are being urged to think ahead about protecting their pets should they fall ill during the Coronavirus crisis. Whether furry, feathered or scaly; having a plan for how animals will be looked after if their owner become unwell makes life easier if it does happen. It will also mean the animal’s welfare won’t […]