A section of the England Coast Path in Somerset has been temporarily closed following a landslip. During stormy weather over the festive period a section of cliff near Home Farm at St Audrie’s Bay fell away. Somerset County Council is working with landowners and in liaison with Natural England to agree a new route as […]

More than 70 Somerset care providers have come together for a County Council organised workshop on improving care quality. The last 12 months have seen a significant increase in number of care homes and providers rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the care watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The county is ahead of the regional […]

Self-care, a local pharmacist or NHS 111 is best for minor illness or ailments and don’t drink and drive. GPs, nurses and paramedics with Somerset’s urgent and emergency health services are appealing to members of the public to enjoy the New Year celebrations but stay safe and have a few simple remedies to hand for […]

A Somerset County Council foster carer is starting 2018 as a published author, with the launch of her inspirational memoir. Louise Allen, who was herself a child in care in the 1970s, writes about her harrowing childhood and why it led her to foster caring. After overcoming cruelty, terrible neglect and lack of education, Louise […]

A Somerset specialist support service offering help and a safe place for anyone affected by domestic abuse has been awarded national quality accreditation by Safe Lives’ – the UK charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. The Somerset Integrated Domestic Abuse (SIDAS) service, commissioned by Somerset County Council, and delivered by Knightstone Housing and Barnardo’s, joins […]

Ensuring that the County’s roads were kept clear this festive session the Highways Team attended 33 incidents over the Christmas period. High winds on Christmas Day led to numerous tree falls, including at New Cross in South Petherton where 12 trees fell. Tree surgeons worked during Boxing Day to remove the debris and this was […]

Three new school autism centres are to open next year thanks to more than £2m of investment from Somerset County Council. Westover Green Community School in Bridgwater is set to open its new, 14-place facility in January after a £700,000 investment. Later in the year a similar base is due to be completed at Holway […]

Yeovil Town Football club and Fostering in Somerset joined forces on Saturday 23 December, for an afternoon of family fun and awareness-raising. Sparky the dragon and The Glovers’ mascot Jolly Green Giant, greeted enthusiastic young fans in the crowd with festive sweets and gave the Glovers a big welcome as they ran out to play […]

Somerset Foster Carers have joined together, to create a blog on how to give a foster child a happier Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time for foster children and challenging for those who look after them. Experienced carers have shared some great ideas and photos in the blog, on the fostering and adoption website […]

Thousands more homes and businesses in Somerset are in line for access to superfast broadband following a major Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) expansion plan. The Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) agency has given the go-ahead for CDS to increase access to the ultrafast broadband network being delivered by Gigaclear by more than 2,000 more […]