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Three days of jam-packed fun at annual camping trip for children with autism

Jam and cream teas kick off this year’s annual CAOTfest, a Somerset County Council organised camping trip for children with autism and their families. The fun filled three-day camping trip this week, arranged by the Children’s Autism Outreach Team (CAOT), is a chance for children with autism and their families to have a fun and […]

Make sure your holiday gets off to a flying start, even if it’s a staycation

Get your summer holiday off to a flying start with some helpful tips from Somerset County Council’s road safety team. Over 50 per cent of Britons are planning on having a ‘staycation’ and holidaying within the UK over the summer. Holiday journeys are generally much longer than typical day to day trips but with a […]

Community Connect expands

Somerset’s successful Community Connect initiative will be bolstered as the County Council expands its innovative support. The £200,000 investment will be used to recruit more Village Agents so this new way of working can support more vulnerable adults, including Sheltered Housing tenants. Community Connect is well-established across much of the county and enables people to […]

Looking for more magnificent micro-providers

Somerset’s trail-blazing micro-provider care initiative is looking for new community entrepreneurs. Created four years ago by the County Council in partnership with the Community Catalysts social enterprise, the project helps people with big ideas set-up very small care, help or support services. There are now nearly 400 micro-providers in Somerset providing around 1,600 people with […]

Work underway to tackle financial challenge

The County Council is taking the steps needed to live within its means, councillors heard this morning. Discussing a report from its external auditor, the authority’s Audit Committee was told that work is already underway to bring down overspending in the face of the financial challenges facing local government. The Audit Findings Report praises the […]

Multi-million pound Special Educational Needs boost

  Educational opportunities for children with Special Education Needs in Somerset have had a big boost from Somerset County Council. A new £600k a state-of-the-art centre to support pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has now opened its doors in Taunton, while plans to build a new special school in Taunton (Hazelbrook Campus) and another […]

Heart of the South West on National Government Agenda as Local Industrial Strategy Announced

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, is in the second wave of areas to benefit from working with the Government to develop their local Industrial Strategies, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced. HotSW is one of six areas to get this vote of confidence […]

Get the kids on their bikes over the summer holiday

Children across the county can learn to cycle safely this summer with Bikeability courses over the school holidays. The County Council’s Road Safety Team is working with sports centres to offer courses for children aged nine and above in year five and above. The courses are for children who can already ride a bike but […]

Rogue car dealer sentenced

A Somerset used car dealer has been ordered by a judge to pay more than £7,000 after being sentenced for a series of offences including misdescribing vehicles. Following a prosecution brought by Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service; Malvin Price of Chilton Cantelo, was sentenced on 11 July at Taunton Crown Court for breaches […]

Make mischief at Somerset libraries

All Somerset’s libraries are inviting children to become Mischief Makers in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Beano. Starting in Somerset libraries from tomorrow (Saturday 14 July), all children have to do is visit their local library and sign up to read six books throughout the summer. As they read each […]