Adopt a path, drive people to vital medical appointments, help in a library or help out in Somerset’s outdoor activity centres – there are plenty of volunteering opportunities to put a spring in your step this spring. With the launch of Somerset County Council’s new dedicated volunteering website (https://volunteering.somerset.gov.uk), it couldn’t be easier with all […]

Somerset County Council will welcome almost 200 public health nursing staff into their fold from 1 April, committed to continuing to give the County’s children the best start in life. Staff made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Assistant Practitioners and Administrative Support will officially transfer from Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to Somerset County […]

Somerset saw a 20 per cent increase in young people taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DoE) last year, the latest County Council figures show. In 2018/19 more than 2,600 young people from more than 60 schools and youth organisations took part in the life-changing scheme which has been shown to boost self-esteem, […]

Somerset County Council has recently completed work to help improve cyclist safety on Station Road in Taunton. They include a wider cycle lane, box junction markings and warning signs to help drivers be aware of cyclists. They have been carried out after the Council’s Road Safety Team identified a cluster of injury collisions involving cyclists […]

Somerset’s trail-blazing work to help people stay independent has been held up as national example of good practice in a report published today (27 March). The ‘Reimagining Social Care’ report, produced by the influential Think Local Act Personal partnership, showcases the Community Connect approach – developed jointly by the County Council’s Adult Social Care service […]

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group has published a review of the support for people with pancreatitis in the County. Following the death in 2009 of Andrew Prentice, who suffered from pancreatitis, his mother, Mrs Brenda Prentice, made assertions that while she and her son raised numerous complaints about his health and social care, since his tragic […]

A modern twist on an ancient tradition will see Bridgwater’s first ever virtual Easter Egg hunt later this month. The Bridgwater Way travel initiative is inviting communities in North Petherton, Stockmoor and Wilstock to take part in the hunt which is similar in design to the Pokemon Go phenomenon. Families and children will search out […]

The spotlight is on Somerset County Council’s Social Workers today as they join a global celebration of those undertaking one of the most difficult jobs in society. Social work with vulnerable children and adults is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of the Council’s work. And today, March 19, World Social Work Day, […]

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is backing a bid to extend £18.7 million of funding for superfast broadband in Devon and Somerset up to March 2023. The news has been welcomed by Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS), England’s largest public-funded broadband programme. CDS has been working closely with the Department to […]

The Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) broadband programme has today announced that it is now offering vouchers through the national BDUK Better Broadband Scheme. All homes and businesses in the region with broadband speeds of less than two Megabits per second (Mbps), without a published delivery date for superfast broadband within the next 12 months, […]