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National plaudits for Somerset’s creative social care

Independent social care experts have praised Somerset County Council’s creative approach to social care.   The Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE), one of the sector’s leading voices, says the authority’s innovative work offers “glimmers of hope” at a tough time for social care.   This follows the recent BBC Panorama ‘Crisis in Care’ documentaries […]

New £400k funding for mental health service to support children and young people in Somerset schools and colleges

The work of Fit for my Future, Somerset’s integrated health and care strategy, is already paying dividends. Health, care and education services in Somerset have worked together with partners, schools, young people and parents to secure £400k of trailblazer funding, it was announced today. The funding will help to create two pilot mental health support […]

Using nature to reduce Somerset flood risk

Three projects that will use nature to reduce flood risk in and around Somerset are moving forward thanks to £2.53m in European grants. The County Council and partners bid for funding for the schemes that will help the county adapt to climate change by reducing flood risk through natural flood management rather than engineering. The […]

Key Bridgwater cycle link set to complete this week

Key road works, including improvements to walking and cycling routes in Bridgwater are set to finish in their entirety this week, with the one way system ending ahead of schedule. The works included County Council schemes to improve cycle and footways between the Wylds Rd/The Drove junction and the A39 Bath Road, and improve the […]

Celebrating the cream of small charities

Staff and volunteers supporting small charities in Somerset have been thanked by the County Council Chair. Councillor Nigel Taylor held a ‘Thank You’ Cream Tea at The Wyvern Club in Taunton to celebrate National Small Charities Week. He thanked staff and volunteers for their work and support, including the Chair’s Champions – Council staff who […]

County Council Celebrates Hinkley Point C ‘J-Zero’ announcement

Councillor David Hall has welcomed today’s announcement from EDF Energy, saying it is a real achievement and landmark moment for the project. EDF Energy this morning announced that Hinkley Point C has hit its biggest milestone yet on schedule. The completion of the base for the first reactor, known as “J-zero”, means that the construction […]

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: […]