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Minister’s tribute to Somerset’s Panorama role

The Minister for Health and Social Care today paid tribute to Somerset County Council for its work with Panorama highlighting the pressures on social care. Secretary of State, Matt Hancock MP, said that Somerset had “done a service to all those who care about social care” by allowing documentary makers to film with its adult […]

£1m Prevention Fund to improve lives

Local councillors and Somerset’s Youth Parliament will be helping distribute a new £1m County Council Prevention Fund, under plans being looked at next week. The fund, which will be discussed by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday (10 June), has been set-up to finance Council work and community projects that prevent issues, problems and needs developing; […]

Reduce the risks in your home

Somerset County Council and partners are supporting National Child Safety Week (Monday 3 June – Sunday 9 June 2019) to help keep children safe at home. This year’s theme is ‘Family life today: where’s the risk?’ The campaign highlights the increasing dangers facing families today from our modern lifestyles and offers simple solutions to keep […]

Somerset Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

  Four voluntary groups in Somerset have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. Forum 21, Portishead in Bloom, Somerset Sight and the Wiveliscombe Area Partnership have all been recognised for the valuable contribution they make to the lives of others in […]

Step forward and volunteer

‘Step forward, volunteer and you’ll never regret it’ says Somerset County Council Leader, Cllr David Fothergill, this National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June). This echoes the many comments from some of the County Council’s 175 volunteer drivers who say they find volunteer driving ‘rewarding’, ‘fulfilling’ and ‘satisfying’. Volunteer drivers take people who are unable to drive […]

Join The Bridgwater Way – and find out how walking pays

Join The Bridgwater Way team at the Big Lunch and Music Festival in Wilstock Park on 1 June and learn how BetterPoints ‘pays’ to walk. Bridgwater residents are encouraged to download The Bridgwater Way’s BetterPoints App, which awards points for walking, running and cycling. Points can then be converted into retail vouchers which can be […]

Put on your PJs for library Pyjamarama!

Libraries across the County are hosting pyjama parties from 3 to 7 June – and distributing books to celebrate BookTrust’s ‘Pyjamarama’ event aimed at getting more children reading. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and/or bring in teddy bears to join in with the fun at Pyjamarama themed Toddler Rhyme Times and other activities taking […]

Second Panorama film set for broadcast

The second of two Panorama documentary films about the pressures facing social care across the country will be aired on Wednesday at 9pm on BBC1. The films are the result of ten months filming with Somerset County Council’s adult social care teams, shining a light on the incredible work going on in care and the […]

Somerset produce put to the test

Somerset local food and drink producers have been put to the test, as part of a programme of annual food sample tests. Trading Standards officers from Somerset, Devon and Torbay have been carrying out the programme in line with Food Law code of practice, to ensure that food is properly described, compliant with required labelling, […]

Join Together For Dementia

Join the 20,000 people across Somerset who are already Dementia Friends – or encourage local communities to become ‘dementia friendly’ – and improve lives this Dementia Action Week (20-26 May). With over 9,000 people in Somerset estimated to have dementia and around 6,500 people caring for someone with dementia; most people know someone affected. Having […]