A report into how well Somerset meets the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families has been published today by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) and Care Quality Commission (CQC ). Inspectors visited and undertook a joint inspection of SEND Services in the local area […]

Somerset County Council’s Outdoor Centres (SSE Outdoors) are providing a haven for the county’s most vulnerable young people during the coronavirus lockdown. Kilve Court in West Somerset, and the Charterhouse Centre on the Mendips, have been opening their doors to young people most in need of a safe and reassuring space. Since 24 March, the […]

People experiencing domestic abuse are now able to access local support through Somerset pharmacies thanks to a joint local initiative. Somerset County Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the Local Pharmaceutical Council have been working with pharmacies across the county to arrange for their consulting rooms to be available as a safe place, where anybody […]

Schools and early years providers across Somerset are working hard on preparations to extend provision to more children after half term. Having worked closely with education leaders on how to sensibly and safely bring about the Government’s proposals, Somerset County Council accepts that from 1 June not all settings will be able to offer full […]

Care homes across Somerset have been praised for the way they are using technology to keep loved ones connected during the COVD19 crisis. Somerset County Council has thanked them for embracing IT to help residents and relatives stay in touch while visits to the county’s care and nursing homes are suspended. Homes across the county […]

Somerset’s caring communities are urged to keep up the good work and ‘be good neighbours’ for residents continuing to shield as some coronavirus restrictions start to ease. Since the start of the UK lockdown, volunteers and good neighbours have banded together with the NHS, local authorities and voluntary and charity organisations to support the most […]

Free personal protective equipment (PPE) emergency packs will be supplied to schools in Somerset thanks to the County Council. Careful planning and sourcing have made sure that the Council has enough stocks of PPE to provide schools that are opening classes to year groups with enough equipment for the rest of the summer term – […]

Cycling in the Bridgwater area is about to get much easier – thanks to The Bridgwater Way’s brand-new journey planning tool! The Bridgwater Way has updated its popular digital cycle route map following feedback from the community and has now added a smart ‘journey planning function’ that allows users to plan a trip by bike […]

Somerset’s Director of Public Health has urged people to strictly follow new health guidelines that have been published to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The new guidelines published this week highlight that losing your sense of taste or smell is now a confirmed symptom of Coronavirus, along with a fever or dry continuous cough. Director […]

An essential resurfacing scheme on Staplegrove Road in Taunton is planned to take place next month. Highways maintenance teams will be resurfacing 300 metres of road from just southeast of Westerkirk Gate, covering the Manor Road and Showell Park junctions, before finishing northwest of the Showell Park junction on the A358. The works start on […]