As part of Carers Week Michael Wallis, Somerset County Council communications officer, talks about the challenges and the cheer of bringing up a child with Down Syndrome. I never really considered myself an unpaid carer, just a dad who happened to have a daughter that was disabled, but caring for my daughter is just what […]

As part of Carers Week, Somerset resident Zoe Hook (not her real name) opens up about her years of caring for family members including her husband. She shares her love, her loss and the appreciation caring gives you for the things you have. I first became a carer some decades ago. My mother’s depression and […]

Grass cutting season is underway and Somerset County Council’s contractors are out and about across the county helping to keep verges in check and road users safe. Each year more than 9,400km of roadside verge is cut – that’s almost the distance from Taunton to Tokyo. The operation presents a challenge for the Council’s Highways […]

This week is Volunteers Week and Somerset County Council is thanking all those who helped their communities over the past 12 months and highlighting the important role volunteers will play in the year ahead. Volunteers have played a vital role in the emergency response to the Coronavirus pandemic whether helping people with food support, prescription […]

Marie Curie Companion Andrew Wilcox has been supporting bereaved people across Somerset for years. Here he shares some reflections and lessons he’s learnt along the way: Grieving There are usually good and bad days, most people find the good days gradually outnumber the bad days, aided sometimes with a little help on the way. Silence […]

As we emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and into summer, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team want to help you ensure your vehicle gets you safely to your staycation. The Road Safety Team subscribe to FLOWERS; a simple check that spots minor vehicle problems before they become major. Fuel – Check you have enough for your journey […]

The contractor delivering a flagship £19m project for Somerset County Council has scored top marks in a national initiative aimed at ensuring  safe, clean, and considerate working. Alun Griffiths, which is delivering Taunton’s M5 Junction 25 improvements, scored 43 out of a possible 50 in the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and was awarded a certificate […]

Empathy Day returns on 10 June 2021 with a new theme calling for children and young people across the county to walk through their neighbourhood, see it through others eyes and consider how they can make a positive impact. The awareness day, which is supported by Somerset County Council, is spearheaded by EmpathyLab- an organisation […]

A new walk-through coronavirus testing facility has opened for locals and holidaymakers at the Seagull Inn in Brean. The new testing site opened on Saturday, May 29 and is only available to those with Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or […]

Parents, carers and grandparents are urged to ‘share because you care’ during Child Safety Week (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 June) and beyond. Over 1000 Somerset children are admitted to hospital due to preventable incidents, occurring mainly in their own homes, every year. such as falls, burns and scolds and poisoning through eating inedible items […]